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17 Eye-Catching Bedside Reading Lamps

Your bedroom is a personal retreat–a haven from the busy world outside. If you truly use this space as a place to relax and unwind, effective lighting is essential. You can’t curl up with a good book at the end of the day without proper illumination. And there’s no better place to read than in bed, especially if the majority of your down time occurs right before you fall asleep!

Below we feature 17 bedside reading lamps that reflect today’s top design trends. While much of this lighting is of the modern variety, some of the selections below are perfect for traditional spaces as well. From crisp white-on-white lamps to gold-toned items that add a touch of luxe style to your boudoir, there’s something for everyone in the images that follow. Happy browsing–and don’t forget to tell us about your favorites at the end of the post!

Crisp White Table Lamps

We begin with a refreshing white-on-white palette. These crisp lamps pop against rich, colorful walls, as shown in the bedroom below. The space features the Ada White Table Lamp from CB2, which showcases a tulip base, a drum shade and Finnish styling…

White lamp with a sleek silhouette

With a monochromatic palette, many of these white-on-white lamps introduce a sculptural element that adds interest and flair. The Urchin Lamp in White from DwellStudio features a white ceramic base, as well as a white linen shade. Ideal for creative spaces, the piece is a work of art in itself!

White urchin lamp

Rounded forms take center stage in the Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp Base from Pottery Barn, crafted of iron and ceramic. The shape of the piece works well with a drum shade, as shown below. Not to mention, the lamp base is available in three colors, including (of course) white:

Ceramic table lamp

For a nautical touch that will bring summer memories to the boudoir all year, check out this Seahorse Table Lamp from Jonathan Adler, made from unglazed porcelain. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for this piece–against deep blue wallpaper boasting a sea-worthy rope and knot motif. The perfect choice for a beachy, whimsical bedroom!

White seahorse table lamp

Golden Bedside Lamps

This is the year of the gold revival! Warm tones have hit flatware, furnishings, accessories and more. Are we surprised by a fresh batch of gilded bedside lighting options? Of course not! The Mia Abacus Table Lamp with a Bronze Finish from West Elm combines the best of white-on-white design with touches of gold, thanks to a glass sphere and an iron base with an antique bronze finish:

White table lamp with a bronze finish

For a touch of gold with a hint of blush, check out the Perch Table Lamp in Rose Gold from West Elm. A blown glass base and white linen shade give this piece character, as does its Mid-Century look and eye-catching rosy hue.

Table lamp with a rose gold finish

Boxy and bold, the Lubna Chowdhary Tiled Table Lamp in Bronze from West Elm is named for the talented British designer who created it. Featuring vintage-style tiles that are hand painted in a reactive glaze, the lamp makes a grand, luxury statement that adds architectural interest to the boudoir:

Tiled table lamp with a bronze finish

For an industrial look, check out the Grant Table Lamp from Crate & Barrel, complete with welded edges and a bronze tone. Although shown here on a console table, it would also make a fabulous addition to your sleeping space…

Brass table lamp

A matte brass base. A canvas drum shade. A Mid-Century form. Need another reason to love Crate & Barrel’s Melrose Buffet Lamp? How about the way it delicately graces a bedside table while leaving plenty of room for other items, such as reading materials, a glass of water, and a vase of flowers?

Brass bedside lamp

Also from Create & Barrel, the Cleo Table Lamp is the perfect blend of Mid-Century design and nature-inspired style. A brass base and an ivory shade are the materials of choice…

Sculptural table lamp

Sunny Yellow Lamps

We now move on to sunny yellow selections that reflect one of today’s hottest accent colors! The Atomic Yellow Table Lamp from CB2 is striking in its design, its over-sized mod shade, and its vibrant yellow powdercoat finish:

Bright yellow table lamp

Designed by Wilma of By Wilma, this DIY Fruit Bowl Lamp was previously featured in a Decoist post on DIY Lighting. All you need: a wire fruit bowl and a lamp base of your choice (you can thrift both). Don’t forget the bright yellow spray paint!

DIY yellow lamp project

From Jonathan Adler, the Santorini Electra Table Lamp consists of a rich yellow shade, gold detailing, and a marble base that anchors the piece in stunning, solid white. This lamp is particularly gorgeous when displayed on glass or acrylic tables…

Yellow disc table lamp

Lamps with Crystal Details

Our final featured group of table lamps makes it clear that crystal is in! A dash of instant glamour. An elegant nod to retro style. A neutral touch that also manages to be bold… The Tower Lamp from DwellStudio features a crystal base with a linen shade. Love that Deco style!

Crystal lamp with a white shade

The Crystal Hexagonal Column Table Lamp from Restoration Hardware is stunningly sculptural. With a timeless look that can easily veer retro or modern, this piece is available in both crystal and metal…

Hexagonal crystal lamp

The Carlotta Faceted Crystal Accent Lamp from Pottery Barn boasts a luxe look that beautifully integrates into glamorous bedroom spaces. Not to mention, the compact design of the piece is perfect for small nightstands:

Faceted crystal lamp

We end with a real showstopper! The 1920s Odeon Glass Fringe Table Lamp from Restoration Hardware features a marble base, as well as concentric rings of prisms. Bring on the Deco, and bring on the light. If you want your bedside reading lamp to be the focal point of your space, this is the piece for you!

Deco-style table lamp

White-on-white elegance. A touch of gold. A pop of sunny yellow. Crystalline shine. Which look is your favorite when it comes to bedside reading lamps? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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