Decorating your space can be expensive, overwhelming, and, frankly, a pain in the ass. Nobody wants to haul a sofa up a flight (or six) of stairs, or dig into a set of assembly instructions that are as thick as your senior thesis, no matter how much pizza and booze are involved. But, there is a simple way to change the feel of a room without doing all that much — we're talking lighting.
The rule of thumb is that you should have three different pieces of lighting in each room. Also, we hear dimmers are a total game-changer. But hunting down those perfect lamps and shades can be tricky. That's why we did the heavy lifting for you. Between fancy fixtures that look like installations at The Met and super-chic shades that set the perfect mood, we've got something that's just right for your desk, floor, ceiling, and more. Now your space will never be — wait for it — left in the dark.
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Ikea Torna Floor Lamp, $99.99, available at Ikea, 1 Beard Street (at Otsego Street); 718-246-4532.
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Stephen Johnson Lady in Wonderland Candlestick, $120, available at The Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St # A (between 4th Avenue and Lafayette Street); 212-473-2500.
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Tom Dixon Fluoro Shade Pendant, $649 (was $745), available at ABC Home, 888 Broadway 19th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue); 212-473-3000.
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West Elm Round Rope Lamp, $129, available at West Elm, 112 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-929-4464.
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Tord Bonntje Gold Garland Light, $700, available at Moss, 150 Greene Street (between Houston and Prince streets); 212-204-7100
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Jonathan Adler Ceramic Sprout Pendant Light, $195, available at Jonathan Adler, 47 Greene Street (between Broome and Grand streets); 212-941-8950.
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CB2 Firefly Pendant Lamp, $199, available at CB2, 451 Broadway (near Grand Street); 212-219-1454.
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Gwen Carlton Oyster Reef, $10,500, available at Bespoke Global.