Bedside lamps are traditionally used for reading, journal writing, and other activities that somehow seem best done before dozing off. To ensure you get the right amount of lighting, make sure the lampshade is lower than your eye level when you’re sitting up in bed. On the other hand, if you simply want the lamps for aesthetics, then you can choose more liberally. Go for smaller, slimmer, or sleeker designs to economize space, and to keep the lamp size proportioned to the room.
Don’t forget to pick colours and patterns that would go well with the rest of your bedroom decor. Lamp designs with nude hues or minimalist motifs fit the bill if you want a sophisticated look. Conversely, boldly coloured or patterned lamps make interesting and striking statements.