Lighting is the fastest way to change a room’s mood. Having options beyond overheads—and the earth’s rotation—is essential for transforming a space from productive to cozy, or quieting playtime in favor of movie time.
Lamps do double duty as decorative accents, too, and are an easy way to bring your 2019 tastes into a room of furniture you picked in 2009. (You know how people say accessories are the easiest way to update an outfit? The hardworking lamp is your living room's best accessory.)
Big or small, lamps don’t have to be costly to look good and do their job. Case in point, everything you’ll find here is under $150—with options starting at $50—fit for bedrooms, living rooms, dens, and desks.
Carrie Portable LED Lantern by Norm Architects for Menu
Design Within Reach | $150
Hitting the budget maximum of our roundup is this delightful take on a traditional lantern. Inspired by the concept of hygge, the LED lamp emanates a warm glow in four dimmable steps. Rechargeable, it can also be taken outside.
Project 62 Ellis Tripod Floor Lamp
Target | $79.99
From Target’s in-house modern furniture line comes this midcentury-inspired floor lamp with brass tripod legs and a fabric drum shade. It’s minimalist with just the right amount of flair.
Urban Outfitters | $119
This intriguing polycarbonate lamp from Fatboy lets you see its insides. Available in an array of colors, the rechargeable lamp turns on with a light touch. The best part? It’s wireless and can be taken outside.
Ranarp Floor Lamp
Ikea | $49.99
Combining industrial details like steel joints and a striped fabric cord with the silhouette of a classic task lamp but larger, this option from Ikea is full adjustable and would look great in a study or the corner of a cozy living room.
Ada II White Table Lamp
CB2 | $79.95
All white and a little mod, this swan-like table lamp features a lacquered resin tulip base and a linen drum shade that add a swinging touch to any room.
Arquer Arched Floor Lamp
AllModern | $95.99
An arched lamp instantly imbues a room with midcentury modern flare, and this chrome option is no exception. A bulbous metal shade and an elegant solid marble base go a long way for not-too-much money.
Globe Table Lamp
West Elm | $89.99
The milky white finish of this globe lamp diffuses light for a soft glow—ideal for nightstands and before-bed reading.
Crane Floor Lamp
CB2 | $149
This sleek floor lamp by Paul Isabella features a thin brass body that gives way to a matte black shade that appears to crane its neck toward its subject. Quite elegant, yet bold in its contrasts.
Keystone Lantern 19” Desk Lamp
Wayfair | $49.99
This industrial-chic lamp strips it down to the basics with a sleek base and an exposed bulb. It’s available in rose gold, white, matte black, and chrome.
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