The 21 Best Modern Lamps for Luxe Interiors

As we race towards the finish line of The Austin Tudor, my mind has been swirling around the best modern lamps. Jake Arnold once told me to find inspiration in other people’s work, not in the entirety of the room, but the individual elements. While I research my favorite spaces making notes I can translate to our own home, I’ve identified a common theme: luxe, moody interiors always have modern lighting. Today, I’m rounding up 21 of the best modern lamps at any budget to make any space look more luxe.

Why Invest in Quality Lighting

Especially Modern Lamps

I’ve often heard that lighting is the item you should invest in, but I’ve never been so sure because there are so many less expensive duplicates out there. This week in the office, we were discussing why lighting should be an investment piece and it became clear to me:

  • Lighting doesn’t wear down or wear out.
  • Lighting is used daily, and lamps are touched multiple times a day.
  • A quality modern lamp can provide a sculptural quality to a room, doubling as art.
Dreamy primary bedroom suite designed by Nate Berkus with tree mural wall, velvet headboard and brass modern lamps.
Design by Nate Berkus + Jeremiah Brent
Modern lamp in luxe cottage entryway with checkerboard floors by Yond Interiors.
Design by Yond Interiors / Photography by Erin Little
Beautiful bedroom with tonal wallpaper design and modern lamps by Gail Davis Designs.
Design by Gail Davis Designs / Photography by Frank Frances

The 21 Best Modern Lamps for Luxe Interiors

The key to sourcing great lighting at any price point is to opt for natural materials. Brass, marble, teak and walnut are all timeless materials in contemporary shapes.


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  1. Dani says:

    Fantastic roundup! My favorite lamps (all vintage) I’ve had for many years and definitely stand the test of time. Excellent ways to explain to clients why lighting is so important–thank you!







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