One of the ways we like to add more lighting to a room is to use swing arm lamps. Swing arm lamps are especially useful in framing a sofa or bed. We used this technique in the family room of the home we designed for Abby Larson. Abby’s family room is open to the kitchen and there are really only two places to put sofas–one by the windows and one on the small wall across from the TV.
The wall across from the TV is not big, so in order to use the most of the space, we decided to forgo any side tables or standing lamps for a comfortably-sized sofa that two people could sit in. Lighting was still a necessity though, and this is where wall mounted swing arm lamps came into play. The perfect solution for a small space that must be both functional and beautiful! The swing arms are from one of our favorite sources, Lamps Plus.
Some of our other go-to swing arms? Well, we love these Ralph Lauren Brompton Extension Swing Arms (1) and this vintage Scandanavian-inspired guy from School House Electric & Supply Co Isaac Sconce Brass in the bedroom (2). These Restoration Hardware Candlestick Swing-Arm Sconces in polished nickel are lovely and really elegant (3) Robert Abbey Koleman Brass (this is what we used in the photo above) –traditional with a modern twist (4).