Our Lamp Guide

Authentic antler horn lamps give your mountain home a rustic, natural feel.

A lamp is one of those home accessories that serve a dual purpose in a room. It delivers necessary lighting in a strategic location while its design provides your space with an added attraction. Your lamps — like your rugs, wall color, furniture, and pictures — make a statement about your style and creativity. Don’t pass up on a chance to really make your room pop with personality. Seek out lamps that combine both flair and function. It’s not difficult if you follow a few simple guidelines.

Before you begin the search for the perfect lamp, answer a few simple questions:

  • What do you do in the room?
  • How important is the light?
  • Do you want atmosphere or visibility?
  • Is there a spot you want to highlight?

Armed with your answers, you should be able to narrow down the functional aspect of your next purchase. For example, if you’re primarily entertaining in the room, you need a lamp that can shine mood-altering ambient light as well as all-inclusive brightness to accommodate your guests. A room mainly devoted to reading requires directional lighting toward your favorite reading chair. In your office or den, you don’t want lights glaring directly on your computer screen or television set. A special painting or a corner filled with hand-blown glass deserves its own set of lights.

Once you’ve developed a plan for the lighting you need, choose the type of lamp that’s most appropriate. Here are several tips:

  • Floor lamps are ideal for highlighting your favorite art or for showing off the general design of the room. Floor lamps also increase the amount of table space you have.
  • Task lamps work best to illuminate workspaces on desks.
  • Table lamps give you an opportunity to add color and design to your décor.
  • Accent lamps can bring together your decorating theme.
  • In addition, lampshades can change the level of lighting in a room. Opaque shades are best for directing light while transparent shades brighten the whole room.

The style and design you choose should follow your general theme in the room. For example, in a den lined with dark paneling and mounted animal heads, set nature-inspired lamps such as the lamps made of antler horns carried by Rug & Home. A sitting room surrounded by windows may best be suited for a lamp made of tree branches. A replica of an oil lamp ideally complements a bedroom with a four-poster bed.

One final word on lamps: they don’t have to match. The days when matching lamps were required as bookends to a sofa are thankfully gone. An eclectic mix of lamps makes a room much more interesting and allows you to indulge in various pieces. So go ahead and place that turquoise art décor lamp on one side table and the squat multi-colored glass beaded lamp that you fell in love with while on vacation on the opposite end of your couch.

How to Spiff Up Your Kid’s Dorm Room

Indulge your college student with a rug and down pillows in colorful and cheery colors.

After spending a fortune on tuition, books, and clothes, you may not feel inclined to indulge your college student with lavish dorm furnishings. At the same time, the drab confines of a college dorm can have a detrimental effect on your child’s mood and study habits. Spiffing up a tiny space that’s often no bigger than your walk-in closet at home can be challenging and fun — and it doesn’t have to break your budget.

Start with the floor. A brightly colored area rug can define the space and set the tone for the entire room. Rug&Home carries a wide range of inexpensive shag rugs in a wide range of colors and styles that will be a joy to step onto each morning while redirecting the eye away from the other, less desirable aspects of the space — like its size.

The first thing you see when you enter a room is its floor; the twin beds and cramped desk space seem more pleasant when set against a

Rugs with teen-style and a reasonable price point make it easy to add color and design to a dorm room.

charmingly creative canvas. Go with a 5×8-foot rug to fill the small space in the center of the room or cover the entire floor with a room-size rug that lies under the beds and desks.

You may be stuck with an odd-sized space that won’t accommodate a standard 8×10 or 10×13-foot rug. If that’s the case, you can pick up several smaller area rugs you can set side-by-side in the room. Contemporary patterns (such as bright florals) can blend easily with each other while completely covering the entire space. Tack them to the floor with duct tape to keep them in place.

Once you’ve landed on a color scheme for the floor, use available wall space to add personality to the room. Aim a full-length wall mirror at a focal point in the room to give the impression of increased depth. If there’s a decent view from a window, for example, place the mirror on the opposite wall to bring additional sunshine into the space. While mirrors are an ideal way to make a room look larger, make sure you leave room for favorite posters, quotes, and soothing artwork.

To help your student study into the night, don’t forget to supply some extra lighting. Floor lamps and wall sconces take up less space in the cramped room and can usually be angled to improve the atmosphere and provide the best line-of-sight. We don’t recommend cluttering up valuable tabletop space with desk lamps. Additional lighting, placed strategically behind an open bookcase or wall unit, can dramatically increase the appearance of space in the room.

Finally, give special attention to bedding so that your student feels comfortable while living in a home away from home. We recommend accoutrements that serve double duty. Feather down comforters and luxurious pillows provide a cozy sleeping experience so your student is well rested each day. A soft, welcoming bed may be most appreciated as a haven from the stressful world of exams, homework, and social commitments.