A few years back, I bought a thrifted lamp and I had the idea to use it on my kitchen countertops. I don’t know exactly how it came to be, and it wasn’t necessarily something I’ve seen before, but it felt right. In the evening, I love turning off the overhead lights and turning on all the accent lighting I have–hello lamp o’clock 👋. It’s become my favorite time of the day and now it’s even more magical with a kitchen countertop lamp.
I first bought this cutie red lamp with a pleated shade from Amazon and I love love it but the shade felt too white for this space. Also it came with an LED bulb with 3 different temperatures and I tend to be really picky about my light bulb temperature and brightness.
And so! I went on a hunt for the perfect kitchen countertop lamp for this little nook. I wanted something brass to compliment the warmth of the hardware in the kitchen and when I found this designer lamp, I just knew.
Full transparency: this lamp cost $479 and it was a total splurge for me. I’m not typically the type of person to spend money on designer purses or designer shoes, but a designer lamp? Sign me up.
Back in our Modern Cottage Kitchen I placed this thrifted lamp in the corner and it totally worked. I didn’t put it under any upper cabinets so there was room for it to be a bit larger in scale.
At one point I ended up stealing this pleated lamp to put in our basement family room, and swapped in this smaller, squatty-er lamp.
I would say that most people need a kitchen countertop lamp that isn’t going to take up a lot of precious countertop space, and will be short enough to fit beneath the upper cabinets.
The space between our countertops and upper cabinets is about 21″ and so we figured the 11″ lamp height is the perfect scale. I’m not a huge fan of under cabinet lighting, but it’s still nice to give your countertops a little glow with a kitchen countertop lamp. I love the warmth that the brass adds, even when the light’s not on.
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This little corner is unexpectedly becoming one of my favorite moments in the kitchen. I love the way the lamp compliments the kitchen art, and honestly this whole scene feels like a little art gallery with the bowl of fruit and water pitcher with flowers. Can’t handle it.
Are you ready for the hottest tip I’ve ever given? For a countertop lamp, oftentimes you end up with a bundle of messy, extra cord. Rather than cutting it off and swapping for a magic bulb, did you know there’s another way to shorten your lamp cord? Run to see the reel for the full tutorial, but basically you’re going to peel off the bottom felt and stuff the excess cord back into the base, and re-cover with the felt. Who knew?? We did this with ours and now it’s the perfect length. PLUS, if we decide to move this lamp elsewhere down the road, we can always extend the cord length if we need.
We put together a round-up with a bunch of darling kitchen countertop lamps at every price point with countertop friendly dimensions. I’m completely obsessed with the mix of materials curated here.
1. Mini Ceramic Globe $13
2. Pleated Table Lamp $32
3. Rechargeable Modern Lamp $34
4. Polished Brass Table Lamp $79
5. Marnie Table Lamp $99
6. Swing Arm Desk Lamp $102
7. Britta Metal Table Lamp $119
8. Edie Prismatic Table Lamp $159
9. Wood and Ceramic Table Lamp $159
10. Eclipse Table Lamp $174
11. Montie Mini Accent Lamp $193
12. Formosa Stone Lamp $199
13. Larkspur Petite Table Lamp $218
14. Veneto Table Lamp $279
15. Sutton Rattan Table Lamp $298
16. Como Bedside Lamp $298
17. Thomas O’Brien Tiny Bedside $360
18. Totie Task Lamp $479
19. Terri Cube Lamp $480
20. Wildwood Table Lamp $544
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