Six of the Best Bright & Colorful Table Lamps

Colorful-bright-table-task-lamps-1This week’s Six of the Best column shines the spotlight on brightly colored table lamps. I always say to clients that lighting is a great opportunity to step outside of your color comfort zone and try a new hue. Perhaps a zing of tomato red for the task lamp on your desk or a playful banana yellow on the side table by an armchair. Here are some of my current top picks of brightly colored lamps on the market:

1. Peeta orange metal and wood task lamp | I’m often left stumped when it comes to task lamps for my desk because many of the options are so.darn.big. If we all hard Restoration Hardware catalog sized houses then of course I’d love a huge task lamp on my equally massive desk. In reality, many of us don’t and that’s where stylish mini task lamps like this tomato red option come in handy.
2. Mid-century yellow bottle table lamp | Mid-century design continues to prove popular across the design market and this yellow design from West Elm is a striking and statement piece. I like the inlayed detailing and citrus coloring – ideal for summer.
3. Handprinted navy brushstroke table lamp | The loose and individual look of this piece makes it a favorite of mine. Blue and white is a timeless palette so it’s a sensible option from that viewpoint. Now I just need that beach house to put it in…!
4. Boka persimmon table lamp | Sometimes, simple goes a long way. This lamp is case in point of that sentiment. A color block lamp paired with an elegant white shade is perfect for placing either side of a patterned headboard, for example, as a way to temper the pattern but still keep color front and centre.
5. London yellow table lamp | Designed by British designer Charlie Bowles, the London lamp has a contemporary look and feel. I like the idea of using this in a empty nook of a modern kitchen as a way to bring unexpected mood lighting to the space.
6. Demelza lamp ensemble | The blue and aqua palette of this lamp and shade combo instantly caught my eye. I also love the elongated shape to the piece – it would be perfect for placing on a media unit to distract from an ugly TV.
7. Sketched Ikat lamp shade | Ikat is still proving popular in home decor and this looser take on the pattern caught my eye. It would work well in a cozy guest bedroom or on an entryway table to provide a warm and welcoming pool of light.
8. Majorcan Garden shade | I promise I don’t just love this shade because it’s named after one of the Spanish Balearic Islands where my heart mate and I married a few years ago…! The floral pattern is ideal for a spring refresh, so try swapping this into one of your table lamps for an instant season refresh.
9. Watercolor Tile lamp shade | As you guys know, I love my blues – even more so in a watercolor finish – so, naturally, this lampshade is my top pick! I love the graphic yet soft feel to the pattern.

Which of this week’s picks do you like best?

// Top photograph by Andrew Boyd for Bright.Bazaar Book One


  • Reply Susan March 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Love all of these options!

  • Reply Jack March 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    The yellow mid-cent has been on my radar for a while…thinking it’s time to get it!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 1, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      @Jack – Isn’t it great! A fantastic combo of color and pattern. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Bella March 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Ohhhhhhhh will you make it a hard choice for us!!! Can I chose them all?! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Zanthia March 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Always loved that picture from your book.

  • Reply Fiona Duke March 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

    it’s the Demelza one for me – gorgeous colour and texture on this

  • Reply Andreas March 2, 2016 at 7:59 am

    What’s that blue one at the very top? Looks almost exactly like mine from IKEA, but repainted in blue.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

      @Andreas – I’m not 100% sure. This was in ones of the houses we photographed for my first book almost four years ago, so I forget! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} March 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Such a fun roundup! I love the lamps but I ADORE the lampshades. I haven’t looked on Anthro’s site at their lighting for awhile, definitely saving all three of them as favorites.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

      @Molly – Me too! I wouldn’t have thought to look to Anthro for lampshades but their collection this season has made me realize they are on their game when it comes to lighting!

  • Reply Soutrik March 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Blue used to be my favorite color until I realized that I only own blue clothes. So now I’m trying to incorporate variety in clothes + home decor. Loving that subtle yellow in #2.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 2, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      @Soutrik – Yellow is the perfect partner to blue, so that sounds like a smart move. Love your choice in no.2!

  • Reply jana March 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Love all of these, especially the shaw of the modern yellow DWR one!! Thank you for including our brushstroke lamp in this dreamy round up Will!

  • Reply Josh | The Kentucky Gent March 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    This post came just in time for my office overhaul. Thanks Will! Desperately need to shine a little light on that lonely corner of the room.

  • Reply Betsy March 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Putting new fun lampshades on the pair of lamps in our living room will be just the spring refresh the room needs! Before this post I’d probably have stuck with white/cream but I think I’ll be convinced into a color and/or pattern πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rajrang March 22, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Such a nice collection of colorful lamps! Love the yellow floral design lampshade. So enchanting!

    Thanks for the sharing Will!

  • Reply Handicrunch May 5, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Beautiful table lamps………

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