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Chic lighting for your home

The lighting of a room can either make or break your space.

With all of the focus usually put upon furniture, paint colours, and decor, you may not give the power of ambient light enough credit.

Here are a few key pointers to consider when selecting table and floor lamps, using some of my favorite fixtures from Canadian companies Flow Decor and Nuevo:


A very popular and universal shade, fixtures with round, oval, or even square shades fit in with most esthetics and styles. I find lamps with drum shades offer rooms a more open and airy quality by allowing light to disburse from the top and the bottom, and even permeate through the fabric of the shade as well.

Keep in mind the lighter the shade, the more light your room will receive. If the fabric is dark or made from a heavy or tightly woven material, you won't get much light at night time.


At the moment I'm obsessed with fixtures that have glass bases — there are some absolutely gorgeous lamps out there with hand blown, mottled, and even hand painted glass finishes.

Typically, broader and more chunky in appearance, the use of glass also helps to keep the fixture on the lighter side of things; the light from the bulb will travel through the base to the table top, and will offer the added touch of sparkle and glimmer throughout the day.


If silver is too contemporary a colour for your room, but black or brown is too heavy, perhaps you can consider a fixture with an aged bronze finish? Lamps with soft gold and bronze tones are hugely popular, and allow you to bring in differing tones of metals and materials without sacrificing style.


We don't have end tables to set lamps on downstairs in our family room (by choice. We have a huge sectional with a chunky Asian coffee table in bright red that's pretty much the focus of the room), but the addition of a free-standing floor lamp that arcs high over the back of the sectional is all we really need.

Sometimes you may not want the fuss of several lamps, but need an additional light source; a contemporary arc lamp is the perfect finishing touch.


For those with a penchant for a little glam in their spaces, you will find a ton of fixtures out there now that incorporate crystal and crystal pendants with organza or tinted glass shades. Perfect for rooms requiring a bit of opulence and shimmer, opt for a fixture that will reflect and refract the light at night.


Fixtures that have hammered finishes — whether they're in a silver, bronze, copper, or brass tone — offer spaces a more relaxed and eclectic esthetic, and are an ideal way to add some interest.

Lamps with odd looking base shapes can be mixed in with a myriad of decor styles, and allow you to have more of a global feeling influence; perfect for those that have a hard time committing to a specific style


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Crispin Butterfield is the creative force and mastermind behind Urban Theory; a graduate of Mount Royal University in Calgary, her engaging personality and design-commerce savvy make her a valued and well-respected professional and mentor within her field.

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