10. Learn all about lamps.Consider scale.
A giant floor lamp over a small occasional chair wouldn't work well. However, a larger midcentury ceramic lamp base with a modern drum shade would be awesome next to a big love seat or a sectional. The same goes for tiny table lamps. If your seating is large, look for medium to large lamp bases.Realize that lampshade fabrics are crucial.
I often replace the shades lamps come with in favor of ones that look more custom. If you like a more diffused-looking light, go for linen or burlap; if you want brighter light, stick with crisp white. For more ambience, any fabric-covered shade will do, but keep in mind the cleaning needs of fabrics such as pleated silk and cotton. They are difficult to dust.Pay attention to shade styles.
If you have a modern or transitional
home, I would go for drum shades. Romantic or traditional homes would be best fitted with tulip or fluted-style lampshades. An eclectic home
can employ a variety of styles as long as they fit the design story of the space. If the room is fun and edgy, for example, a large fluted shade may look too formal and out of place. Place the lamp properly.
Details matter! If your only electrical outlet is across the room from where the chair is, don't string the lamp cord across the rug and in plain view. Not only is it dangerous to have long strands of cord lying around, but it looks unfinished, not to mention unsightly. Either invest in having another outlet put where the seating will be or swag a lamp from the ceiling out into the room to give better illumination.More: Get the Lowdown on High-Efficiency LED Lighting