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The 14 Best Lamps to Light Up Every Corner of Your Home

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No home décor is truly complete without the right lighting. When you give up on your landlord’s special pendant light and embrace strategic lighting, things really start to come together. But if you skip the big overhead lights, you’ll need at least a couple of lamps to brighten things up.

To help you light up your space, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, including the affordable ones we use everyday and the ones that are trending. Read on to shop the best lamps from brands like Ikea, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, and H&M.

Our Picks

As a longtime owner of a Fado lamp, I can confirm that it’s beautiful, minimal, and durable. Even though it’s made of glass, this lamp survived a move and shipping without being wrapped in tons of bubble wrap. The light is soft and diffused (I keep a multi-color smart bulb in it to help brighten up a corner).

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Another soft and diffused option that has been on my nightstand and on my desk is this under-$50 table lamp. I love the gold accents and the shape; it doesn’t take up too much space but still adds lots of light.

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Table and desk lamps

Your floor could use a little mood lighting, too. You’ll need to buy a bulb and cord set for this shade, but the way it accents the room makes the extra purchases worth your money. It also gives you more opportunities to customize your light.

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Wooj Design The Wavy Lamp
From $116
From $116

It’d be hard to find an immaculately decorated Brooklyn apartment that doesn’t include this wavy accent lamp. Meeting somewhere between a paper lantern and a desk lamp, this recycled plastic option is 3D-printed and adds a warm glow to the room.

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$40

If you couldn’t get your hands on the IKEA Varmblixt table lamp, this will fill the donut-shaped hole on your shelf.

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Consider this a cooler, grown-up version of the mushroom lamp. The brass accents are a nice touch and will match some of your favorite furniture.

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This is a smaller lamp, coming in at just under a foot tall, but it’s a nice accent for a shelf or desk. You’ll get some light, but the real selling points are the silver chrome finish and modern shape.

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Mood lights are less about practicality and more about the vibe. This won’t light up the whole room, but it will look good tucked into a corner on a shelf.

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BSOD Mushroom Lamp
$34
$34

If you’ve been thinking about buying a mushroom lamp, here’s an affordable option that reviewers love. It’s small but mighty, offering a few different color options for a warm glow.

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Floor lamps

If you need a little more light than a table lamp, this minimal gold lamp can handle a 60-watt bulb.

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Sure you have to buy more lightbulbs but consider this affordable find worth it. It’s adjustable, and you can turn each bulb on and off separately.

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There’s a reason this cool chrome lamp is a best-seller. You can’t beat the shape, color, and price.

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If you love the shiny chrome finish but prefer a more minimal design, try this arched floor lamp from Wayfair. Reviewers love how easy it is to assemble, how well it brightens up their homes, and how easily the shade moves to adjust the lighting.

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Get the vintage look without spending hours at a flea market — this gold-finish lamp takes 25-watt bulbs and emits a soft glow.

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The 14 Best Lamps to Light Up Every Corner of Your Home