Saturday, March 12, 2011

A New Lamp: Scale?

I recently purchased this lucite lamp, from Restoration Hardware, to be part of the Office Redecoration Project (officially named, to be sure it happens). This is Step 1. I really love lucite and crystal lamps and don't care if they are a little ubiquitous - I declare I shall never tire of them!

I love the neoclassical lines of this lamp and its silver accents, but I'm wondering about the scale. I knew it was a little "overscale" when I bought it (everything at RH is huge). The height is 25.5" and the shade is 16" wide. Initially it seemed to dwarf my big iMac:
It seems gigantic to me because there was a smaller lamp here before, but it's starting to grow on me and looks "just right" in the photos. What do you think (excuse my messy office)?
The lamp, which arrived yesterday, actually came out of the box broken and is sitting a little askance. I need to take it to the store and order another.
It is growing on me, and will look polished with the new gray-brown drapes I have planned and the eventual antique-white walls. Today the old armchair went to the furniture doctor for a repair. It will be reupholstered...

The only thing that annoyed me about the new lamp, besides being too expensive, is that you could see the harp through the silk shade (visible in the second photo). I was using a clear bulb, but when I swapped it for a regular opaque/translucent bulb, the harp was no longer visible. Tada! Problem solved!

Thoughts on scale?

15 comments:

  1. I like the scale. It looks good to my eye. As for seeing the harp. I can't see the harp on any lamp in my home and I'm sure that I have some cheap lamps. How odd!

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  2. I have this lamp and love it. I had two, but a dog/kid combo took it out. That's the trouble with glass (houses). I replaced it on the cheap with a Target plexi knock off for, and frankly it looks just as good with the surviving RH shade.

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  3. oh your going to hate me, I think the scale is a little short, you could go a little higher if you wanted to... which means it's just right if you love it...
    I just measured the lamps on my desk and they are 30" high and dia of shade is 18"...
    I think the lamp is amazing, I to love the lines of them and that they are see though...
    Not sure if I answered your question, need to see a picture take further away to see the proper scale.
    See you soon as were not so busy, really looking forward to another coffee gab

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  4. oh I am a pain, I just checked Restoration Hardware website and there is a accent lamp (your lamp size) and then a table lamp, size wise you can go up a size, turned out to be the same size as mine. Just thought I would share.

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  5. I like the scale. I think it balances out the MAC very well. Something smaller would look - fiddly - to my eye.

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  6. hi terri,

    i love that lamp although it seems a bit on the short side to me. what do i know? nothing. i love your office, so chic. so there you have it.

    xo
    janet

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  7. I love it!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Xo,
    E&J

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  8. I like your choice - size/scale works in the space.

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  9. I love it and have wanted a lucie lamp for the longest time!! It looks the perfect size to me!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  10. I think it is perfection and I'm trying to find the mess in your office - don't see it.

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  11. The lamp looks nice, just fine. I think in interior not everything should be measured, it's charming and just right like this :-)

    have a nice weekend Terri!

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  12. I love that lamp! It looks great with the wall colors.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Xo,
    E&J

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  13. I like the scale of the lamp. Any smaller and it would look like a toy beside you computer. You would have to sit at the desk and be sure anything taller would not glare right into your eyes. That fabric is gorgeous. Do you find if I ask where you got it. Pardon me if I missed it, I'm new to your Blog. Your office is going to be beautiful. Looks very nice already.

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  14. Sorry, definitely going to have to edit before posting.

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  15. I think it's a little small. U would put some old books and place it on top

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