Adding a statement lamp or light fixture to your living room is a quick and easy way to perk up your home interior. Add a warm glow and some instant style to your living spaces with Yell’s pick of nine of the best statement table lamps, creative floor lights, modern chandeliers and quirky light bulbs to buy right now.
Dwell , £199
The original Sputnik Chandelier exploded on to the design scene in the 1960s, inspired by the 1957 Soviet satellite and the nuclear age. Given that mid-century modern is the design trend that refuses to die, it’s no real surprise that the brass light fixture has now made something of a comeback. This time, it’s thanks to US furniture designer Jonathan Adler. His spectacular update is currently a firm fixture on the ceilings of interior designers and snap-happy lifestyle bloggers alike.
Adler’s version is also a wallet-trembling £1,750. So we recommend this budget-friendly Sticks Pendant from Dwell instead. It lacks a little of the regal glamour of Adler’s design, but it’s also a fraction of the cost. Its stark, bare bulb display will still make a powerful impression in your room. Hang it as a focal point over your coffee table or suspend in high-ceiling hallways for a celestial welcome home.
Scott Spotlight Floor Lamp
Maisons Du Monde , £99.99
You can introduce a touch of Hollywood glamour to your living room with this tripod spotlight. Made of dark wood and brushed chrome, it wouldn’t look out of place on a movie set and could double as a sculptural centre piece. Make it a focus point next to your armchair or sofa as an alternative to the reading lamp.
Plumen , from £14.95
Exposed-filament light bulbs are an almost obligatory design feature these days. You’ve probably seen them swinging low over your head in restaurants, cocktail bars or even department stores. And now you can bring them to your home with this funky Wattnott range from Plumen (they come without the aqua fittings).
Modelled after the early Edison light bulbs, these are sculptural yet charming when fitted in any lamp base or pedestal. They also give off a gentle warm light – a welcome change after years of harsh fluorescent coils.
While the original Edisons were energy guzzlers, these specimens feature low-energy LED elements. They are estimated to consume 80% less power and have a lifespan of up to 25,000 hours, or nearly three years of permanent use. Even better than that, designers Plumen claim that the gentle light offered from its gold-tinted bulbs, “even makes you look more beautiful”. Sold.
Loft Tripod Lamp
Marks and Spencer , £85
This gently curved tripod lamp from M&S is a soft alternative to a rigid reading light. Compact yet design-led it’s great for those who want a statement piece without taking up a lot of space. The adjustable head and back also make it functional as well as stylish.
Albert Cluster Pendant
Made.com , £79
You can add lots of extra light to a dim space with only one fitting thanks to this stylish cluster of metal pendant lights. The clean lines, minimal design and gentle dusky blue shades mean it pairs well over a sofa, dinner table or breakfast bar.
Turn On Lamp from Wrong London
Available at Nest.co.uk , £99
Designed by Joel Hoff for Wrong London, this stylishly simplistic table lamp won the 2015 Design of the Year Social Choice Award from The Design Museum, London. It features an opal-glass globe fitted on top of an aluminium cylinder base (available in silver, black, green or orange). Simply rotate the whole lamp base clockwise to control the brightness. Couldn’t be easier.
Sweep Floor Lamp
Made.com , £99
The Sweep is inspired by another lust-worthy lamp with a high price tag. The Arco (£1,500) was designed by the Italian Castiglioni brothers in 1962 to ‘shine a light on a table from far away’. Made’s alternative doesn’t feature The Arco’s luxe marble base, but its bowing style brings a dramatic arch to your living space. Meanwhile the matt black shade and reflecting copper interior bring added warmth.
Also as this style relies on height, not distance, it’s another good option for striking design in a small space.
Design Project No. 045 Task Lamp
John Lewis , £75
The new Design Project range from John Lewis aims to give classic homeware items a twist by focusing on the contemporary design principles. Bringing a gentle update to the iconic Anglepoise style, this task lamp features a concrete base, matt black body and brushed brass accents. While it might be intended for a home office, its clean yet expressive character makes it a striking addition to a living room too. In fact, our editor’s even got one on her bookshelf.
Silver Crane Lamp
Debenhams , £85
Bring a sense of whimsy and fun to your side table with this eye-catching sea crane piece from Matthew Williamson. As with all of Williamson’s designs it’s perfect paired with rich fabrics, bright colours and a tropical outlook.
Find more quirky lamps and lightbulbs to fill them at lighting stores near you .