It seems like these days, pairs of colorful, oversized gourd lamps and ginger jar lamps are all the rage in bedrooms. We certainly love this look, but not everyone has enough space in a bedroom for two large tables and two large lamps. I recently ran into this problem myself when decorating my new bedroom- I wanted to free up space on my bedside table and have light more directly over me when I'm reading in bed. So I decided swing arm lamps on either side of the bed would be just the ticket.
Luckily the brass swing arm lamps were free to me- my parents had them left over from a room they just redecorated. So I was able to go to Gaylord's (a great lamp store in Bethesda) and splurge a bit on a pair of shades, which really can make all the difference in completing a look. The bedroom is still a giant work in progress- for instance, the orchid print in this picture needs to be hanging, not leaning. But here's a peek- I'm loving the contract of the black shade against my ballet-slipper peach walls.
And here's a few more of our favorite bedrooms featuring pairs of sconce and swing arm lamps. They really run the gamut in style- they can be glam, rustic, cozy, minimalist- and in addition to their aesthetic appeal they can also solve logistical issues in certain bedrooms where a bedside lamp just won't work.
These are so unusual and set a very sophisticated tone- and solve the problem that it looks like a regular lamp just wouldn't fit beside the bed.
A casual minimalism.
A rich, library-like feel.
This lamp blends well with the room's tonal colors.
Maybe our favorite room thanks to the greek key chest! But love the trim on the shade.
Again, here we have a more traditional room. Having the swing arm lamp probably helps since the coronet would likely block light from a regular lamp.
In looking at these pictures, and in my own experience, I think that shades are KEY to modernizing sconces or swing arm lamps. Since the lamp itself tends to be plain, the shades are the real statement. Buying more modern shades in an interesting shape or a luxurious fabric will keep this style from looking too dated.