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As we know perfectly well by now, the lighting in a room plays a key role in creating atmosphere, but there is much more to it than that. Table lamps, being smaller in size than chandeliers and main lamps, help to enhance the ‘mood’ of a room by giving it a special touch in terms of style. What should not be underestimated, in fact, is that designer table lamps, in addition to their primary function related to lighting, are also decorative objects that contribute to the furnishing of a room. How, then?

Here are three fundamental questions to ask yourself before choosing a table lamp.

What will your table lamp be used for?

One of the most frequent mistakes when choosing a lighting source is not to consider its intended use in the first place. If we think only of aesthetics, our choice may not be totally correct or functional.

The best places to place a table lamp are:

  • Coffee tables
  • Consoles
  • Bedside tables
  • Bedrooms
  • Lounges
  • Offices
  • Dining rooms

In the sleeping area, for example, table lamps can be used for reading and help to make the room cosier, but also functional for the activities taking place inside. A desk or office lamp, on the other hand, should be one of the most important sources of lighting to allow concentration and work.

As for other rooms where several light sources already exist, such as the living or dining area, the introduction of some table lamps is a choice to give more flexibility and character to the room. A versatile choice in this respect could be Stone model by Bontempi Casa that combines practicality and design.

Lampada da tavolo Stone firmata Bontempi Casa
Bontempi Casa – Stone table lamp

What are the right dimensions for your table lamp?

Another of the most common mistakes made during the decision-making phase concerns size: a table lamp that is too large may be elegant and attract attention, but leaves no room, for example, to place a book or a cup of coffee, thus losing its usefulness and becoming an obstacle. Table lamps have specific measurements, as they are designed to be placed on shelves and ledges and not on the floor. Its height should be proportionate to the table or coffee table, rather than the desk or bedside table on which they will be placed.

For example, Pop lamp by Bontempi is a glass furnishing accessory that is perfect for placing on bedside tables in sleeping areas, enhancing a setting with great charm.

Which designer table lamp to choose?

The beauty of table lamps lies in their ability to change the entire perception of a room. In fact, there are some furnishing accessories that can combine art and functionality, adapting to any purpose. An example is the Blow Lamp table lamp collection by Bontempi Casa, made of glass with sinuous lines and dimensions that adapt to living contexts, from the living area to the study.

Lampada da tavolo Blow firmata Bontempi Casa
Bontempi Casa – Blow table lamp

The Bontempi Casa lighting line is designed to meet the most diverse aesthetic requirements, guaranteeing the utmost excellence in terms of design and technical innovation for each lamp.

As in the greatest works of art, it is the details in furniture that make the difference. While style, colour and shape define a room, it is certainly the lighting that creates the atmosphere. Lamps, for example, have the power to give a unique touch of personality, but also to convey emotions and make the space more or less lively, cheerful or intimate. It is all a matter of choices that have to be carefully weighed against the desired result. Let’s see how.

Driving the choice of a lamp: what is the function of light?

Before thinking about the aesthetics and style of the lighting, it is necessary to define the function of the lamp and its context within the household. This is why it is useful to know that five different types of lighting can exist and co-exist in each single environment:

  • Natural lighting, which defines the amount of light present in a space during daylight hours
  • Ambient lighting, i.e. the ‘general’ and uniform light within a room
  • Task lighting, designed for specific functions such as reading or studying
  • Focal lighting to bring out particular details of the environment

Decorative lighting with a purely aesthetic function

All kinds of lamps to choose from

Once the function of the lamps is decided, it is time to move on to the choice of model. Obviously, in every context a consideration must be made as to the stylistic coherence of the environment, but it is easier to orient oneself once the main categories are defined: table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lamps, let’s see them one by one.

Table lamps

Usually these lamps are medium or small and contribute to both ambient and specific lighting. Depending on their position, table lamps can support different activities such as reading or simply create atmosphere and points of light.

In this sense, the Blow Lamp table lamp model of the Bontempi Casa line, proves to be perfect to elegantly enrich the living area, as well as the bedroom, thanks to the spectacular impact created by its crystal bubble. There is also a pendant version that possibly can create stylistic references in more spacious rooms, such as an open space. Other interesting models are Pop and Stone in blown glass, perfect for placing on a coffee table in the middle of the room or on a sideboard to create a soft atmosphere. 

Modello Blow: la lampada Bontempi Casa per arredare la tua casa
Choose the Blow lamp by Bontempi casa

Floor lamps

Usually, lamps included in this category are extremely versatile models that can be placed in the corners of the living room or behind sofas to provide general lighting and give an extra touch to the living area.
In this case, the choice must reconcile aesthetics and functionality: the strong point of Circle, for example, is the scenic power. Thanks to its metal arc, it is able to frame the surrounding space, while at the same time illuminating large areas and creating suggestive atmospheres. Another model from the Bontempi Casa Line is Cloethe floor lamp with a lacquered steel base and pole and an adjustable arm that can be swivelled as required.

Modello Circle: la lampada Bontempi Casa per arredare la tua casa
Choose the Circle lamp by Bontempi casa

Pendant Lamps

The pendant lamp category is the one that lends itself best to combining functionality with the most aesthetic requirements: there are many models and the wide range of options really allows you to furnish any room by only using light.
If, for example, the aim is to illuminate the dining table, then a model like Pandora is a perfect choice to give personality and light to the living area. If, on the other hand, you want to illuminate a large space and create plays of light, the Spark model is ideal for all rooms: from the living room to the bedroom.

Modello Pandora: la lampada Bontempi Casa per arredare la tua zona giorno
Choose the Pandora lamp by Bontempi casa