Applied Design: Taming Scale with Color

One of my favorite design principles at play in the Room of the Week is the amazing use of scale, like the over-sized scale of the pattern on the wallpaper.  But my favorite play on scale is the pair of giant lamps on the regular sized nightstands…

That white lamps must be over 3 feet tall (including the shade) and are an amazing addition to the room.  But because they are completely white, shade included, their ornate shape looks more like a silhouette and sort of fades into the surroundings instead of commanding all the attention.  Such a great way to include something large in scale in a room without having it take over the design.

There are millions (ok, maybe hundreds) of mid-century lamps on Etsy that are large in scale and would look great in so many modern homes, but are overlooked because of their current color condition.  Nothing that a coat of glossy white paint couldn’t fix.  Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy that would look stunning because of their size and shape, but just need a little paint makeover and new crisp white shade.

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These lamps are all less than $70…many much less.  But, if you are willing to hunt there are almost ALWAYS gaudy mid-century lamps lurking at the nearest thrift store for just a few dollars.  Look for sculptural shapes or interesting raised patterns or texture.  Then paint away!

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