Published on May 26, 2019

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Welcome to The Deep Dive, a series in which we search high and low for the best of the best in any decor-related category, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs to outdoor chairs. Next up: affordable table lamps.

When it comes to finishing touches, few things have the potential to simultaneously add warmth and character to a space like accent lights do. From the nightstand lamp that lends a soft glow to late nights in to the sculptural fixture that basically doubles as living room art, this is one decor purchase worth splurging on—though the good news is you don’t have to.

Allow us to introduce affordable lighting’s greatest hits: chic table lamps, all under $100, in a multitude of styles. There’s the futuristic army of tiny mushroom lamps that look like they arrived at your home via a spaceship. There’s the terrazzo bulb lamp that will convince you to keep the ’80s trend around a little longer. And then there’s the Leanne Ford–designed rattan lantern that looks like it was snatched from the coolest outdoor summer soiree. All budget friendly, all guaranteed to zhoozh up your home with the click of an “add to cart” button.

Ready to make your space a little bit cozier? Ahead, the best under-$100 table lamps for every design aesthetic.

If you crave an industrial feel that’s more factory inspired than straight-up factory…

Go for a sleek and simple bulb lamp, which has a bit of that urban-industrial vibe without being too gritty. From natural materials that lend a smidge of roughness to more refined, contemporary finishes, these lamps are a great way to bring this trending style home. No edgy loft required.

If you want a fixture that’s positively out of this world…

Haven’t you heard? Galactic decor is trending. Some of the coolest table lamps are sculptural pieces almost futuristic in their composition—from more abstract interpretations to colorful 3-D printing-created lights called Neptune Lamps. Ideal for the decorator with an eclectic, irreverent style, these playful lamps are all about having fun with design.

If your home is a shrine to Marie Kondo…

A sleek, modern table lamp is the name of the game. These minimalist pieces won’t look cluttered in your space; with each one featuring simple neutrals and clean lines, they are the ultimate in cool, contemporary design. Pick a clear LED lamp for something more edgy, or go for the orb-like fixture if your minimalist style is a bit warmer.

If you’re all about infusing color wherever possible…

Opt for a lamp that can either serve as a pop of color in a neutral, zen-style home, or a complementary color-blocking device in a more maximalist space. From Hay’s more subdued army green piece to IKEA’s vibrant pink bulb, these lights are the bright finishing touches your side table needs.

If you covet an earthy vibe…

Infuse natural touches wherever possible through table lamps in natural materials and textured finishes. Rattan and woven bamboo bring the summertime outdoors inside (minus the mosquitoes) in the most stylish way. Elsewhere, consider a raw ceramic piece to incorporate a bit of that sought-after desert vibe. Paired with sunset hues and warmer neutrals, these table lamps will create an earthier, calming space.

See more in-depth shopping guides:
40 Reasons You Need a Modern Chandelier, Stat
24 Reasons You Need to Buy Your Rugs Vintage, Not New
These 20 Outdoor Chairs Are So Good, You’ll Want to Bring Them Inside

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