Home / Style Guide / Learn About Lamps & Mirrors / Style & Elegance Style & Elegance Looking for an accent lamp that pops without being too overbearing? How about a statement piece that stands all on its own? Whether making a fresh update to a traditional-styled home, or finding a clean, sleek piece to inspire a modern room, look to Kichler’s lamp collections for a variety of shapes, styles and finishes to complement a wide range of tastes. Use table lamps to create focal points in rooms. Sometimes a room is defined by the wall coverings, others by a chair. Table lamps can create that same type of signature statement in a space. Lamps can help bring life to a room by adding color and texture. Consider using them to add colorful accents to a mostly monochromatic room or interesting textures to a space otherwise flat. A classic tapered shade is best for reading, as it will throw a wider pool of light onto your page. To avoid glare, place table lamps on a surface so that the bottom of the shade is about eye level while seated. In a Dinning Room, the addition of a lamp on a buffet adds another layer of light creating an intimate dining experience while additionally softening the mood after dinner is over. Be certain to use low wattage lamping to insure the intimacy of the room. Floor lamps can give light in a tighter space when there is not enough room for a table. They also provide an extra layer of light in between overhead and table lamps and can be easily positioned to serve the reader. Task lamps should be arranged so that the light source falls about 15" from the work surface. Consider the use of table lamps on a dining room table for a unique and different approach to lighting. It will require some up-front work, such as floor GCO’s and a perhaps pass holes in the table, but the look can be surprising and exciting. A table lamp is easy to replace. Allow yourself to step out of your comfort level with a portable that features a hot and trendy color or style. When the fashion becomes passé, move onto the next new idea. A buffet lamp in the guest’s power room can create a unique ambience and clever look while subsequently added enough light for guest to check their hair and makeup upon arrival to your home. If your table lamp becomes tired and needs replacement, sometimes a simple swap of the shade will reinvigorate the look and breathe new life into the room. It is not necessary to always match the material finish of the lamp with the material and finish in the room. Remember: Contrasting colors and finishes can be as healthy and more interesting to the whole of the interior than a uniform palette.