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Quick Tips: Mix Things Up With Pharmacy Lamps

by | Apr 27, 2009 | Decorating Inspiration, Details

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Quick Tips: Mix Things Up With Pharmacy Lamps
If you are short on space or have too many lampshades in a room,  you might want to consider a pharmacy lamp! Inspired by lighting from pharmacies in the early 2oth century, these lamps are classic and always in style. I just bought two for my house and I love them!

Pharmacy lamps are the perfect solution to small space lighting needs. They can tuck in a small corner next to a chair, are ideal for reading, and mix up the look of a room filled with lampshades.

Quick Tips: Mix Things Up With Pharmacy Lamps
Pharmacy lamps are flexible and can easily be moved from room to room as needed. You can find them as table or floor lamps and in a variety of finishes and styles to go with any style of decor! Next time you need to add a little light in your room, think about trying a pharmacy lamp!

Photo inspiration: Pharmacy lamps Pottery Barn

this post shared at the lamp party at Nesting Place!


  1. anne

    Hello Melissa, I love those lamps too!! In fact the whole top picture is what I am looking for, it would fit lovely in the Alcove that I intend to use has my desk space…Thank you. :-)

  2. Becky K.

    I didn’t know they were called pharmacy lamps. They would also be very handy for working on stitchery I would think.

    By the way, I see your Compassion link on the sidebar. I just have to say that our church is sponsoring a boy named Herman. It was announced yesterday. We are so excited.

    I hope lots of people will find a child to sponsor and make a huge difference in their life! The blessing goes both ways!

  3. Christi

    Didn’t realize they were called pharmacy lamps, but I just found a lovely one at a yard sale & brought it home for use in my boys’ room. Glad to know it was a good purchase – I love it!

  4. Lazy Mom Leslie

    I just bought one last week at Hobby Lobby. At 50% off of course! Love pharmacy lamps and love Hobby Lobby!

  5. Kim

    I think I could use one of those. We don’t really have room for large end tables for lamps. Thanks for the idea Melissa!


  6. Whitney

    I love these lamps and one to get two for our bedroom. Two sources are: Walmart and IKEA.

  7. Pam D.

    I think I am becoming lamp-crazy! I love all different kinds that bring a quaint, cozy and warm look to a room. I especially love those English/French looking ones with metal shades and high finials. I didn’t know the ones above were called “pharmacy” lamps either, but I especially love the one on the desk. I could’ve used it this weekend for reading… we had thunderstorms and the house was so dark I had every light on (not usual for me). Kept thinking I needed something to give light right on the book…

  8. Vee

    How timely! I was just thinking that I need a lamp in a tight location where a lampshade would not work. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll be on the lookout.

    Vees inspiring blog post..Nonni Night

  9. Karen B

    I’ve had one of the floor lamp style for a few years now and it’s perfect for knitting by!

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..Floral Fridays

  10. patricia

    I have them all over the house. I love them. It’s great to be able to direct light where you want. The style is elegant, but blends into the whole. I also like the “nuts and bolts” of the lamps. I’m sick. I’m a tool girl.

  11. Remodeling Guy

    Love those lamps! I never knew what they were called until now! I learn something new every day! I just wish I didn’t forget so many things. It’s sort of like a one-step forward, three steps back kind of deal!

    Have a great week!


    Remodeling Guys inspiring blog post..A Sneak Peek at Round-Up Posts!

  12. Sherri

    I know your post was on pharmacy lamps, but I the more I see black furniture the more I want to have some pieces for myself. I’ve never had any black furniture before – have you? Do you like it?

    Sherris inspiring blog post..Will Work for Plants

  13. Fifi Flowers

    Love those pharmacy lights. Target used to sell a couple that are really nice and at good prices. I bought two for each of my children’s rooms.

    Fifi Flowerss inspiring blog post..Fifi Hangs with the Great Artist…

  14. The Antiques Diva

    Forget the pharmacy lamp… I’m drooling over the music paper wall!! I’m printing this one out and putting it in my idea file!!!

    The Antiques Divas inspiring blog post..Paris – Bastille Brocante

  15. Stephanie

    LOVE pharmacy lamps and just found a couple of ’em at JCP that I am seriously drooling over!

    Stephanies inspiring blog post..Star update. . .

  16. Sherrie

    Pharmacy lamps are such a classic. You just can’t go wrong with one in the office!

    Sherries inspiring blog post..

  17. Gina

    I knew you would have an inspiring post! Soooo sooooo prettttyyyy!

    Gina @ Six in the Countrys inspiring blog post..Moving out….


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