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A Stiffel Lamps Decorating Guide

Nov 27, 2007
The Stiffel lamp is among the most common and recognizable lamps you'll ever see. Looking around your home right now, chances are you have at least one, probably more. Their functionality is matched only by their versatility, as Stiffel lamps can be used in almost any setting and design pallet. Whether the style is contemporary, classic, eclectic or specifically themed, there is a good chance that a Stiffel lamp can fit in with the design.

The key to choosing the right Stiffel lamp and placing it in just the right location is to first pinpoint exactly what you are planning to use it for. Is this going to be accent lighting that helps the larger light fixtures by brightening a dark corner, or will this lamp be the primary light source in the room? There is also task-oriented light fixtures that are specifically placed to illuminate a particular piece of artwork or a chair that you frequently sit in to read. There are different Stiffel lamps for all of these uses and more.

For accent lighting, a smaller Stiffel lamp is usually best. You don't want it to overpower the room and become the main attraction. If the back of your sofa is exposed, try putting a small table behind it and a Stiffel lamp for accent light. It can also be useful for reading on the sofa. Any lighting that you are planning to read by should be positioned behind and above the reader for the greatest amount of light to reach the right place. Instead of a small Stiffel lamp on a table behind the sofa, you can use a tall floor lamp just as easily.

Stiffel lamps are not just for decorating the home. They can be used to add more light to your office and make it a little more comfortable. Most offices have white halogen lighting. Not that there is anything wrong with halogen, but it may be a nice break for your eyes to bring in lighting that is not so white. For a professional atmosphere, you can use a Stiffel lamp with a clean, simple appearance without compromising the comfortable, at-home feeling you brought it in for in the first place.

Depending on the size of your office, how big your desk is and what type of furniture is already there, you can use a table or a floor lamp. Floor lamps are usually best unless you have a very large desk that can accommodate the size and shape of a Stiffel lamp, which can crowd a desk if the shade is too big. A floor lamp next to your desk or in the corner is a nice touch. As far as color, again this will depend on what is already there. However, generally grey metal and white shades go nicely with most offices. If yours is more old-fashioned with a lot of cherry wood and leather, then a Stiffel lamp with a wood, copper or gold colored base can work great too.

With all of the styles, sizes and different types of Stiffel lamps, they will fit in almost anywhere you put them. They're great on end tables on either side of the couch or bed. Floor Stiffel lamps can be used behind your favorite reading chair, in a dark corner or right next to the front door where it can be switched on as soon as you walk in. For anyone with an apartment, often they do not come furnished with light fixtures and you must supply your own. A few strategically placed Stiffel lamps will make you forget you don't have built-in lighting. These are just a few of the ways that you can brighten up a room and add a touch of style with minimal expense and very little effort.

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