Style Illuminated

Our home decorating blog offers interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Enjoy professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Getting Noticed

    In Scene photoOur Light Column Paper Shade Table Lamp caught the eye of Nick Olsen.

    He's "The Deal Hunter" of Domino Magazine's always absorbing blog. 

    Depending on whether you want to use this lamp as an accent or reading light, you may need to experiment a little with different bulbs to find the right level of brightness.

    Nick muses about setting a pair of these on nightstands and mounting swing-arm lamps above. I like that idea too. Then you can have one set of lights for a soft atmosphere and one for reading.


  • Show Your Colors on Super Bowl Sunday

    New York Giants Table LampNew England Patriots Table LampAre you getting your home ready for the big game on Sunday?

    These Tiffany-style lamps will help you root on your favorite team on Super Bowl Sunday.

    And if your favorite team didn't make it to the big game, you can always get ready for next year with NFL team table and desk lamps. Take a look at all our table lamps to view additional styles and trend-setting designs.

  • Rate Our Stores

    Lamps Plus Beaverton Store

    We've added a new feature to our store locator page that allows you to leave a comment about your store visit.

    If you've shopped in one of our lighting superstores, check it out and let us know what you thought. We'd love to hear your comments!

    Rate a LAMPS PLUS store.

  • Send a Lighted Valentine

    Be My Valentine Giclee Style Table Lamp

    Send a sweet Valentine's Day gift with one of these heart-themed table lamps. The shades are custom-made-to-order on giclee style fabric. There are several shade designs available for both table and floor lamps. We can't say they're better than chocolate, but they'll last a lot longer!

    View the Be My Valentine Giclee Table Lamp or browse all Valentine's Day lighting and wall art. 

    Post Update 5-20-12: Sorry all, but we no longer carry this pattern in our collection of art shade lighting. However, we have a new lamp program with loads of glass lamps in designer colors that you might find inspiring. Check them out and let us know what you think!

  • Flying Ceiling Fan Style

    Fanimation Centarus Ceiling FanIt looks like a flying paper clip, but it's actually a sleek new ceiling fan design from Fanimation.

    The design has three curved blades and a cool, futuristic look. This one has mahogany finish blades; other models have maple or cherry blades.

    Be sure to check out our entire Fanimation collection of ceiling fans to see more inspired styles!

  • Folk Art Lamp Shades from A' Homestead Shoppe

    A' Homestead is best known for their line of embroidered, folk art style shades.A'Homestead Lamp Shades

    Crafted in the small town of LaPaz, Indiana, these shades have an Americana look that is both cozy and current. The fabric shade line includes pleasantly subdued plaids and embroidered pieces with a folk art feel. Look for them in our embroidered lamp shade section or browse our entire selection of lamp shades.

    Country Style Lamp Shades from A'Homestead Shoppe

  • Light It Up on HGTV

    If you get HGTV, they are airing a special presentation show on lighting in home design called "Light It Up", hosted by designer Erinn Valencich.

    Last showing is this coming Sunday, January 20th, at 5pm ET/PT. You can Tivo it if you're watching the game!

    Post Update 3-7-2011: we're sorry, but the HGTV link is no longer available on their site. Visit our Advice and Tips pages to see our current collection of inspirational articles. 

  • Purple Passion

    Purple Bijoux Table Lamp

    The colorful, jewelry-like look of this purple table lamp from our Bijoux Collection caught the eye of the Woman's World editors putting together the  January 7, 2008 edition. It fits so nicely into their theme that you can see why.

    The Purple Bijoux Table Lamp's base looks like a stack of multi-colored jewels and features a vibrant purple lamp shade. There is also a floor lamp version that features the same purple, amber, yellow and clear faceted gem base.

  • One Touch Lamps

    Sovereign Nickel Finish Touch Table LampAs we get older, operating the tiny knobs and switches on household applicances gets tougher.

     A new wave of touch lamp designs address this problem. You can turn these lamps on and off simply by touching anywhere on the lamp base. Many designs also offer a dimmer one-touch option as well.

    The Fresno Bee interviewed Doug Beach, manager of our Lamps Plus Fresno store, about the trend.

  • Tips for Buying Bar Stool Seating

    From personal experience, choosing a bar stool or counter stool for any space is harder than it seems!

    A quick rule of thumb to keep in mind is to allow for 10 to 12 inches of space between the bottom of the table or bar and the top of the bar stool chair seat.

    Anything less than 10 inches and the stool will be too high to be used properly. You might also want to consider an adjustable bar stool that can be custom adjusted to the user as needed.

    Check out our YouTube channel video (above), which explains the difference between bar height stools and counter height stools.

    And for more information, read our article: A Guide to Bar and Counter Stools.

January, 2008