Although this lamp’s grown-up base has a vintage look, a playful lampshade gives it youthful appeal. Its petite stature is ideal for illuminating a night table or a vanity.
To buy: Porch Post lamp base, $34 each, 13 1/2 inches high; Wallpaper shades, $20 each, landofnod.com.
2 of 9Pottery Barn
For The Multitasker
Two built-in outlets on the base allow this desk lamp to double as an electronics charging station. The crystal pull, beaded chain, and patterned shade are refreshingly modern.
To buy: Auburn Smart Base desk lamp, $150, 20 1/2 inches high, potterybarn.com.
3 of 9 Ikea
For The Budget-Minded
This small, streamlined, utterly thrifty option is just what the prudent shopper ordered. Its five-inch-wide base sits demurely on a bedside table or a space-starved desk. Works with seven-watt bulbs (sold separately).
A modern take on the classic pharmacy lamp, this orange lacquer workhorse helps get the job done in style while an easy-to-position swivel neck keeps things flexible. It accommodates both incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs. (Also available in white.)
This gooseneck study lamp (in nickel only) will focus light on craft projects, love letters, and, yes, homework, with an adjustable stem that flexes every which way.
To buy: Light Bright Study lamp, $32, 22 inches high, landofnod.com.
8 of 9 MG and BW
For The Traditionalist
With classic lines and a robust linen drum shade, this adjustable lamp would make a strong statement on an entryway console (why not try a pair?). A polished-nickel base boldly contrasts with a bright tomato shade (other options: dark gray and white).
To buy: Ferris table lamp, $295, 23 inches high (adjusts to 30 inches), mgandbw.com for stores.
9 of 9 PB Teen
For The Nature Lover
This modern take on natural wood grain will liven up any rustic cottage or woodland-forest decorating scheme. The printed cotton shade casts a warm glow from within.