The title of this post should really be “HELP Sister Search for a Lamp”. Specifically, a bedside lamp.
As Rachel mentioned in her post about my birthday art, my room is rather sad. The walls are bare (minus my new art), my bedding is plain, the colors are neutral. This has been the case in every room I’ve had in London (this is room #4). In the first two, my reluctance to decorate/invest definitely had to do with the fact that I didn’t know how long I would be staying. I was a student for the majority of that time, and I thought I might only be in the country for a year. With that kind of time frame (and a student budget), I was not going to put any serious expense into making my bedroom more homey.
In my third room, I always had great ideas about what I would do to make the room more “my own”. I’d put up some wallpaper! I’d buy some throw pillows! I’d invest in some art!
None of these things every happened. My room remained a blank canvas for the (almost) two years I lived in it.
All that is to say, I am determined to actually make an effort with my current room. Of course, I say that after having lived in this flat for more than a year and basically making no effort whatsoever. Hmmmm. Problem.
See! Boring bedding, plain walls (minus new art). Those pictures/drawings on the right of the bed are of/from my nieces and nephews, but when Louise bought new curtains for my room last year, they got half covered up, and I’ve never even been proactive enough to move them. I’m the worst.
The real focus of this post, though, and the point of that picture above is to talk about my need for a bedside lamp. Almost as soon as I moved in last year, I decided I wanted one. The light switch is on the opposite end of my bed, so if I ever want to read in bed, I have to then get up to turn off the light before going to sleep. That’s a nuisance. Plus sometimes it’s just nicer to have some softer light in your room.
So yes, I need a bedside lamp and I have gone out to look for one a few times over the past year, but I am always overwhelmed by choice. So many options! What do I want!? What do I need!?
That’s where you guys come in! I need help deciding what style of lamp is best in that space.
Things to keep in mind:
1) My bedside cupboard is rather small. No, I don’t need to have that power strip or that stack of books there all the time, but I do want enough room to keep at least one book on my nightstand, so the base/overall size of this light can’t be too big.
2) My headboard is grey; my curtains are shades of grey/white/blue; my bedding is currently white/offwhite (with a set of blue sheets that gets rotated in sometimes). So I have a neutral palate to work with, but I don’t want anything too crazy to clash with it.
3) I view this lamp as a gateway decorative item, the first step in creating an amazing, thoughtfully decorated room. I plan to buy some throw pillows; maybe some new bedding; and some other things to put on my walls. This lamp is an important purchase around which I will build this new paradise. No pressure.
Soooooo, here are some of the options I’ve come up with. Let me know what you think and suggest anything else (Please! Really, I need help!!).
It comes it a few colors, but I think I like the idea of a strong contrasting color like the one above.
Again, I like the bold color as a contrast to the neutral tones.
Comes in some different colors. Slightly different – but I’m not sure how I feel about the same-y-same base and shade. And I’m not really sure how I feel about the base, period.
This is from www.notonthehighstreet.com. It’s a cool website that sells things by small, independent companies/makers – things that you won’t find in a regular shop on the high street or at the mall. The maker of this lamp is Hunkydory Home. They have lots of different types of items and lots of fun patterns that I really like. I just worry that a busy pattern on the lamp could clash with the curtains.
Those are only a few of the options I’ve come across. And I am totally overwhelmed. Help me, dear readers, help me!!