A lamp is a functional and often essential addition to your home. It can be a great feature, an ornamental lamp makes a great centerpiece and adds a decorative touch to an otherwise plain room. But sometimes it is preferable to have a lamp which blends in rather than stands out. Minimalist lamps combine simple structures with clear lighting and make it easy to match a lamp with your furnishings.
If you need a simple light source which fits in neatly and complements your interior décor then you’ve come to the right place. This article rounds up a few of the best minimalist light sources on the market.
Minimalist Floor Lamps
Brightech Sky LED Torchiere Super Bright Floor Lamp
A simple black and silver stand with a slim, disc-shaped base and uplighter, this sleek lamp fits perfectly into corners or small spaces. The base is small enough to slide partly under a table or couch so you can slip it between or behind furniture if space is limited. Its simple appearance means it will look great wherever you put it.
While the lamp is minimalist, the light from it is certainly not. It is bright enough to light an entire room and can be adjusted with the built-in dimmer when you need a softer light. The flat head can pivot to change the direction of the light as needed. With an LED light which does not heat up, it can be handled easily at any time, even if the light is switched on.
This is a great choice of the lamp if you have limited floor space. The sturdy, wobble-free base is heavy enough to withstand accidental nudges without toppling. This makes it a safe option for a family home with small children or pets.
VAVA Dimmable LED Reading Lamp
50,000 hours of LED light mean that this lamp will be with you for a very long time, so the simple black design is a great advantage. It will complement most types of decor and fit in with changing fashions over the years.
This adjustable reading lamp can be assembled as a tall, floor standing lamp or a short desk lamp with a head which can be tilted to suit you. Four brass look rings show the detachable sections and add a touch of class to the appearance of the lamp. It looks simple but has some great features, including a choice of five color ‘temperatures’ and five levels of brightness.
A touch control pad on the lamp’s stand gives you an easy way to control the brightness, along with an ON/OFF switch. A one-hour timer means that the VAVA lamp is a good choice if you are prone to falling asleep with a book in your hands. The base is small but heavy enough to make the lamp sturdy and stable. Altogether, this is a really good lamp if you like the minimalist look but want the handy extra functions.
Brightech SkyLite Torchiere Floor Lamp
The SkyLite Torchiere Floor Lamp is another lamp from Brightech which is bright enough to act as the only light in the room. At five and a half feet tall, it will stand unobtrusively in a corner or behind furniture. If you need to place it in a more central location then the heavy base will hold it firmly in place. It comes with a five-foot electric cord so proximity to sockets needn’t be a problem.
Ideal for use in a lounge, bedroom or conservatory, the lamp itself is a bowl-shaped uplighter set atop a plain black pole. A handy dimmer control is set at a convenient height on the stem. It comes with a 3-year warranty for peace of mind but the 20-year lifespan of the bulb should mean that you won’t need to worry about changing it for a very long time!
Brightech Sparq Arc LED Floor Lamp
The Sparq Arc lamp has a quirky and unusual design which is guaranteed to turn heads and attract comments. If you love a cool, minimalist look then you’ll appreciate the crescent design of this light; it curves gently overhead and casts a soft light below.
Perfect for situating behind a couch or next to a bed, the Sparq stands 66” (168 cm) tall, rising from the base in an arc which extends around 45” (114 cm) outwards. The final section of the slender stem gives way to the curved arc of the light which cast light onto everything below it. It is operated with a foot switch, attached to the power cord. This allows you to choose from three different levels of brightness and switch the light on or off without effort.
The lamp comes in subtle silver and black, so should fit nicely into most homes. Its unusual shape is bound to attract positive attention from guests and visitors; it really is a nice looking piece. It’s also a great multi-purpose light. Whether are reading on the couch, crafting at the kitchen table, or working at a desk, this lamp will cast light exactly where you need it.
PHIVE Floor Lamp
This tall standing lamp is as simple as they come. A plain black base and stand end in a flexible gooseneck which means that the lamp can be adjusted to point in any direction. Light comes in four shades: cool white, white, warm yellow, and yellow. An adjustable dimmer also allows you to choose from five light levels. The settings are controlled from a simple touchpad on the stand.
Functional and classy, the Phive floor lamp is a useful item which can be used for working, reading or even playing musical instruments. Whatever your activity, a direct beam of light is focused exactly where you need it. It makes an excellent bedside reading lamp as the adjustable direction and brightness mean that it can be used at any time of night, without the worry of disturbing a partner or sleeping child.
If you are looking for a minimalist light which fits neatly into your home without drawing attention to itself then this could be it. It’s also super quick and easy to assemble out of the box, so no DIY skills are needed!
Brightech Eclipse LED Floor Lamp
This lamp from Brightech is a real conversation starter. The unusual double circle shape gives it a funky, modern art look and a long-stemmed stand adds a touch of elegance. It is certain to attract positive remarks from anyone who sees it.
The functional part of the lamp is made up of two rings (one inside the other) which can both rotate independently. This lets you control the light angle precisely. A soft light is emitted in a choice of three light levels, controlled by a dimmer switch which is built into the pole. Be warned – the brightest setting on this lamp is very, very bright!
The only real negative of this lamp is the single-use nature of it: the way the heads are built means that the LED is built in and cannot be replaced. However, the company suggests that the Eclipse lamp has a lifespan of 15-10 years, so you really won’t need to worry about changing it for a very long time.
This really is a nice looking lamp and the unique style makes it really adaptable. It will fit well into a truly minimalist home, or add a touch of the modern to a more traditional setting.
Brightech Twist Living Room Floor Lamp
From the sleek and minimalist to the truly unusual – this gorgeous floor lamp really is something out of the ordinary. Two simple stems swirl up from the base, separating to twist gently around each other before meeting again at the top. The full length of both stems is lit up with eco-friendly LED strips, providing cool white light in all directions.
The Twist lamp cannot be used with wall plug dimmers or timers; it is controlled by its own floor switch which is attached to the power cord near the base. A built-in dimmer allows you to quickly reduce the light to 50% of its full power; another tap reduces it to 30%. At only 43” (109 cm) high, this lamp is shorter than many floor lamps. It also has a subtler, softer light than others, emitting a gentle glow to illuminate its surroundings, rather than a focused spotlight. This means that it would not be practical to use as the only light in a large room. It is, however, perfect as an attractive light source in a TV room or dining area, where its stunning design will add a touch of minimalist class.
Minimalist Bedside Lamps
Aooshine Minimalist Solid Wood Square Table Lamp
This smart desk lamp is the ideal size for placement on a coffee table or bedside cabinet. Its square linen shade in a beige colored fabric is positioned to line up precisely with the 4.1” (10cm) squared base, giving the lamp a neat shape and ensuring that it looks elegant and smart in any room.
The shade softens the light enough that it emits a comforting glow into the room; it’s a great additional or bedside light source. There are no extra features on this lamp; a single ON/OFF switch is the only control and is positioned conveniently on the power cord.
The Aooshine is a back-to-basics desk lamp with a modern appearance; the simple shade and solid wooden base will fit in anywhere. Whether your decor is ultra-modern or traditionally rustic, this no-fuss lamp will look great and do everything you need it to do.
Aooshine Minimalist Solid Wood Round Desk Lamp
This Aooshine lamp comes in a simple cylindrical shape; the rounded shade sits neatly over the wooden base. Its appearance is subtle and soft and it will sit nicely anywhere you need a table lamp or extra light source. It fits in without drawing attention to itself. The fabric shade diffuses the light from the bulb so it is bright enough light a corner without being too harsh for a bedroom or sitting area.
A modest lamp in a true minimalist style, the Aooshine lacks any extra functions such as a dimmer or timer. Instead, it delivers simple functionality, with a single switch attached to the five-foot power cord, in a compact package. Its small size makes it ideal for sitting on small bedside cabinets, corner tables, and on shelves; it measures 5.5” (14 cm) across and is 12” (30 cm) tall.
Touch Control Table Lamp
At just over 5.5” (140 cm) in diameter, this minimalist table lamp was made to fit into small spaces. If you have limited space for furnishings then this is a great choice. A black metallic base and simple white shade mean that it will look nice in most homes, without any danger of clashing with the color theme. However, this plain looking lamp has more to it than initially meets the eye.
There are four settings, with three different light levels (low, medium, high and off), all controlled with a tap to the touch-sensitive lamp base. This makes it a great alternative light for anyone who might find a small switch too fiddly, to use. It is a good choice for children and the elderly, or anyone whose hands might not be quite steady. It is also fantastic as a bedside light; a single touch to the base is much easier than fumbling for the power switch in the middle of the night or early morning. The shade diffuses the light enough to make it comfortable and, combined with the choice of light level, makes this a really versatile little lamp.
Surpars House Minimalist Solid Wood Table Lamp
A solid wood base and square shaped shade give this minimalist lamp a simple, sturdy appearance. Its plain appearance blends in without drawing attention, making it a great minimalist table or desk lamp for your home. It does not have any special features but can be used with a standard dimmer or timer attachment.
The only unusual thing about this lamp is the location of the ON/OFF switch near the middle of the power cord. This can be a drawback if you have to stretch out the full length of the lead to reach the nearest wall socket. But it could also be an advantage. It’s a convenient feature if you don’t sit next to the lamp; it gives you enough flexibility to position it within easy reach.
The lamp itself has a very basic design. The sleek lines of the square sides make it easy to position in a small space and the classic look means that it will look good in any home. The shade is made of fabric and offers a warm, soft effect by slightly diffusing the light.
Minimalist Table Lamps
AUKEY Table Lamp
The touch activated AUKEY lamp makes bedside lighting easy. A light tap to the base is all you need switch it on, and to cycle through a choice of three brightness levels. It is also the key to this lamps real attraction: a changing array of colored lights. These can be set to cycle automatically through a spectrum or stopped on your favorite color. A warm red glow will fade through orange and yellow before moving into softer green greens and blues.
The lamp itself has an unusual look, the simple silver base is topped with the cylindrical light section. The total dimensions are 8.5” (21.5 cm) tall and 4” (10 cm) wide. This lamp is a really neat little item which will sit nicely on a coffee table, bedside cabinet or bookshelf. A clear reading light can be dimmed to a soft and restful glow with just a touch, making this a fantastic choice of the lamp for bedrooms. It also looks great in a lounge or dining area. The changing color setting will make a fantastic talking point at dinner parties or evenings with friends.
Haitral Table Lamp
A simple, elegant table lamp with a traditional design, the Haitral lamp stands 16” (41cm high). The elegant design has a black metal base and stem (marred only by the brand name on the front of it) and a wide fabric shade. A small pull cord for turning the light on and off adds a delightfully quirky touch to a modern lamp, giving a traditional feel to a modern design. It’s a classic look which will look good in any home and the perfect size for a coffee table or reading nook.
The Haitral lamp is perhaps not the best quality lamp on the market but it does come with a two-year warranty which should put your mind at ease. Altogether this lamp brings you a decent light source in a nice minimalist design with a reasonably cheap price tag. The Haitral table lamp is ideal as an extra light or a simple table lamp in a lounge or bedroom.
Minimalist Desk Lamps
TaoTronics Aluminum Alloy Dimmable Desk Lamp
A sleek, modern look with a ‘brushed metal’ finish, the TaoTronics desk lamp is a beautiful minimalist lamp with a clever, functional design. A flattened stem joins with a flexible arm, which can be folded out to light a surface or folded back when not in use. The light panel is on the underside of the stem where it projects its light downwards. It is ideal for lighting a specific area for writing, computer or craft work. The lamp has a choice of three light modes and six levels of brightness, giving you 18 different light options to select from.
A round black base holds the lamp in position and the power and brightness button are conveniently located here. There is also a USB connector in the back of the base, next to the power cord. This can be used to plug in and change your mobile devices; it’s a really handy feature and one of the best things about this lamp.
Available in black or silver, the TaoTronics desk lamp really is a very nice looking item. It’s super smart and sleek light with a fantastic minimalist appearance, clever settings, and very functional nature.
Phive LED Desk Lamp
This minimalist desk lamp brings a sleek, industrial look to your office. The Phive LED lamp has a flat light plate, mounted on a fully adjustable arm and body. It comes in a choice of black or silver, so you can choose the color to match your other office accessories.
The Phive LED desk lamp does not have a traditional base but a clamp, which can be screwed onto the side of a desk or table. The swivel head can then be moved around and positioned in the best place to illuminate your work. The arm and ‘body’ of the lamp are both over 16” (40cm) long. The body rotates and the arm swivels – so there is plenty of scopes to get the head where you need it. This makes it ideal for busy work environments where space is at a premium as it does not take up any space on the desk.
The LED light is controlled by a touch button and emits a bright, clean white light. A simple dimmer function allows you to adjust this to suit yourself. With a lifespan of up to 25 years, this lamp really is everything you need for precise, targeted lighting. It’s perfect for use in your office, crafting table or workspace.