Lamps are the unsung hero of design. They can be the one single item that can pull a design together. And luckily for us, there are so many to choose from!
That’s why we created a list of 20 modern table lamps ideas that’ll look amazing in any home.
20 Modern Table Lamp Ideas
Simple, chic, functional, modern, and bold. This is the perfect accessory for a modern home for a few reasons. First, the angle and the base look amazing. This is a great fit for any modern design. But also the color. Many people might shy away from a black table lamp, but the design, size, and shape are undeniably a great complement to any modern room.
Who doesn’t like pineapple? OK, maybe a pineapple lamp appeals to fewer, specific design tastes. But this table lamp is really very versatile. White goes well in any design and the metallic crown of the base is actually very appealing in many designs. The combination of white and metallic is a classic look.
For true modern lamps, look no further than these ones. If “modern” was a lamp, it would look like the ones above. The clean lines, sharp angles, and uniqueness of the design screams “I belong in a modern design.” But at the same time, this design is also very functional. The way the light is hung means that the light goes out and around instead of up, as many other table lamps do. Let’s be honest, it just looks cool.
This table lamp would look better in a more classical design. While it has a metallic base, this metallic is brushed making it slightly dull and does not have the sharp angles most modern designs seek. However, it is pretty modern when it comes to its height.
Let’s not make the mistake of saying only living rooms can be modern. Bedrooms can be as well. In this example, the base is a combination of straight lines with just a touch of contemporary in the glass and the curves. The light shade is not bell shaped but rather cylindrical making it a perfect, subtle table lamp addition to your design.
Glass is a great option, especially in a table lamp design like this. It’s sturdy and solid, but visually very easy on the eyes. There is minimal light refraction as well. This goes with any style because, honestly, there isn’t much to be seen.
For something on a smaller scale, this pair of lamps is a great option. The concrete base with the small light in the wine glass shaped fixture is very unique. It is small, however it does emit a great amount of light. They make a strong statement. The only way these could possibly disappoint is if you mistook them for your glass of wine.
Just because you have a modern style doesn’t mean you don’t love animals. While the shape itself isn’t made with clean lines, the designer of this table lamp made the lines as clean as possible. They’re sharp, but did it in such a way that you know exactly what you’re looking at. And the geometrical accent lines are very modern. The neat thing about this table lamp is the shape, obviously, but also that it isn’t so specifically designed that it can’t be included in most styles.
This is a great table lamp because it inspires the imagination. You certainly don’t see a boring old lamp when you look at it. You see a spaceship. Or a flower getting ready to bud. Or an umbrella on a beach. But even after all of those thoughts, it’s a modern table lamp. The curve of the base and the shade would be a great addition to a modern office, bedroom, or as a reading lamp in your living room.
At first glance you may argue that this is not a modern table lamp. The round bulbs and brushed metallic base don’t look modern at first. But the actual design, the balance of the lights, the uniqueness off the metal, and the curves. For a design that is a combination of modern and not so modern, this table lamp would be perfect.
White is a classic color. It goes well with any style. But the angles and geometric shapes in this table lamp add subtle visual interest while keeping with the modern theme. This isn’t your basic table lamp! It’s all that and much more.
This table lamp also reminds me of a flower, but a modern flower. Its height, clean lines, and large round light is a perfect example of simple modern design.
This is definitely a cool table lamp. Most lamp shades are some form of white, but the color on this lamp shade is more of a buckskin. The equal circles of the base add a bit of a modern flavor, while the color of the lamp and shade lean toward the rustic design. This is a great table lamp for those with mixed styles.
This is such a nice, clean looking lamp. Unlike the glass table lamps we’ve looked at previously, this has substance, design, and interest. The metallic base makes it that much more modern. The not-flared lamp shade also helps. But again, because it’s glass, it’s a subtle table lamp which can fit in to most design spaces.
While the design of this table lamp is fairly common, the materials are quite unique. The hammered metal is rather uncommon that it is sure to attract a lot of attention no matter where it’s placed in your home design. While it doesn’t have clean lines that we normally attribute to a modern design, this would fit in nicely.
Everything about this table lamp is modern. The angles within the base and the metallic make up make it great for a modern room. Even the flared shade looks great in contrast to the straight lines.
This is unlike any table lamp I’ve ever seen. I thought it was made of wood, which isn’t very modern. The angles of the lamp itself and the light that it emits makes this a wonderfully unique addition to a modern design.
This is the most un-lamp lamp that we have on this list. It reminds me of the Parthenon and the light bulb is the central figure to pay homage to. Being on the smaller size, this table lamp is great for a smaller area. A desk, side table, or even just as a decoration.
This table lamp is very retro but has a strong modern design as well. While the design itself is predominantly circles, the solid line running through them adds linear balance up to the cylindrical lamp shade. The metallic accents make this lamp very interesting to look at. It would be a great centerpiece in any room.
To wrap up our list, we should go back to simple. If you’re ever not sure about a table lamp in your home space, start simple. You can always upgrade to a more visually interesting piece later. The simple, modest lines and light colors make this a great lamp for someone who is trying out a modern design or someone who needs to balance other strongly designed pieces.
Modern is a wonderful look! And as we can see from these 20 modern table lamps, there are many options when you need to add character or balance to your room in the form of a table lamp.
Don’t forget that modern designed furniture can be used in any room of your house. There are certainly plenty of lamps to fit your space!