Your Guide to Modern Lamp Designs

By Erik Neilson , last updated December 21, 2011

For those who live in modern homes, it’s incredibly important to ensure that everything, from furniture to lighting, matches the decor of the space. This can be quite difficult, especially given the fact that modern home decor can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are a variety of different types of modern lamps on the market to choose from, many of which can actually be purchased rather inexpensively. Before making a purchase, however, it’s important to take the time to understand your options. The more you know about modern lamp design before committing to a purchase, the happier you’re likely to be with the end results.

Torchieres
Torchieres are ideal for people who like lamps that don’t necessarily give off an extremely bright, “in your face” type of lighting. While many types of modern lamps shine light downward, torchieres take the opposite stance by shining light up towards the ceiling. The result is a type of accent lighting that can actually light up an entire room quite efficiently, but without the harsh effects that many other types of lighting have. Torchieres tend to be relatively inexpensive and easy to find, especially if you live in an area where lighting stores are common. When shopping for a torchiere, you should ensure that the materials that it is made out of will fit in with the style of the rest of your home. Modern torchieres are often constructed out of brushed metal, which can be very attractive when placed in the right room.
Natural Lamps
One of the hottest trends in modern lamp design involves using natural elements in the design. There are a variety of different types of lamps on the market that are made out of elements such as stones and hardwoods, many of which can look extremely attractive when placed in the right type of modern room. Since natural materials can be difficult to source, however, these types of lamps tend to be rather expensive. As a result, they typically aren’t the ideal option for those who are on a budget. Nevertheless, if you can afford to implement a natural lamp into your home, you’ll be rewarded with an incredibly attractive addition that can improve the appearance of practically any type of room.
Minimalist Lamps
Minimalism is an extremely popular technique used in modern design, and homes that take a minimalist approach require lamps that will fit in with the design scheme. Fortunately, there are a variety of different types of minimalist lamps on the market, any of which should look fine in a home that follows this type of design. Minimalist lamps tend to be simple and streamlined, yet sleek enough to stand above even the most elaborately designed lamps. Look for minimalist lamps that are made out of materials such as brushed metal, ensuring that it matches the design of the rest of your room before making a purchase. Since minimalist lamps can be rather expensive, it’s important to ensure that you shop at the right retailer in order to ensure that you’re getting the best possible deal.
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