Swingers

........as in swing arm lamps. Heh.

I've been intrigued by the idea of swing arm lamps. To some, they're reminiscent of hotel rooms. To me, they're functional and fitting for what we love to do every night in bed. Read. Why does everyone keep snickering?

I really love the style of them. Mr. FC was skeptical but the functionality factor won him over. I've been giving this one and these the daily side-eye. Then one Saturday morning, as I was exercising strolling down the aisles of my local Lowe's, I saw these (also available in oil-rubbed bronze).

As with some of the pricier versions, these lamps are plug-ins so no re-wiring behind drywall necessary. The price was right and the overall quality is impressive (substantial weight to the metal lamp base, not that painted plastic look). You beauties are coming home with FC. (Warning: the installation instructions were horrible but the whole setup is easy to figure out.)

Aesthetically, I do think our old lamps were prettier but I haven't regretted swapping them out for these wall-mounted swing arm versions. I love our new lamps that much more; they free up valuable surface space on our nightstands & can be angled towards our reading material in countless ways. Perfection.

They came with traditional linen shades, but we still prefer the linen drum shades from our old lamps, so it was Mr. FC's idea to switch them. I think he's absorbed my d├ęcor sensibilities. That is some serious osmosis shiznit.

Notice that I've mixed gold (wall decal) with bronze (nailheads) with brushed nickel (lamps) with chrome (julep vases). It's like this wall is having a metal identity crisis.
I also know we have a duvet for the down comforter somewhere but I've been too lazy to put it back on.
It's how we do it around here.
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I know swing arm lamps are certainly not everyone's cup of tea but we're absolutely loving ours!
Are you into swinging.........lamps, that is?

See more of our bedroom transformation here!

44 comments:

  1. Great, now *I* have to go change my pants! Those swingers are tits! There I go again....

    Seriously, who knew you could find something like that at Lowes? They look like they are from Restoration Hardware or something. Amazing!!

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  2. I love them! Looks great.

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  3. The pair look fantastic with your bed! Great find!

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  4. I love swing arm lamps, B hates the idea of installing them. You just made my day with the whole no-rewiring thing.

    They're fabulous and the drum shades are fabulous with them (way to go, Mr. FC).

    Also, there's a rumor that my part of town is the swinging capital of Colorado. So naturally I should have these lamps to fit in, right?

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  5. Love these!!! We've been trying to pick up (hehe) a pair of swing lamps as well and haven't found anything this great. I'll have to head out to Lowe's this weekend. Thanks for the great tip! k

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  6. I think your bedroom is perfection. Love the lamps!

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  7. Didn't know you and Mr. FC were into swinging...lamps ;) I absolutely love them. They look gorgeous!

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  8. I love the great light I get from mine when I sew or read. I like your drum shades too--really fresh look.

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  9. OH. MY. WORD. You've been reading my mind! I've been tossing around this idea for our master too... now I've got something REALLY GOOD to show The Hubs how it's done! Thanks for the inspiration and help!!

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  10. they are gorgeous! swing arm lamps are on my shopping list whenever our master bedroom is complete. thanks for the inspiration =)

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  11. I love these lamps.... they look great next to your incredible headboard!!!! I will definitely have to check them out next time I'm at Lowe's. If I had lots of money, I would hire you as my personal shopper!

    Molly from MN

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  12. I LOVE SWINGIN'!!! The more the merrier. I think I might have to get one of those!

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  13. We had never lived in a house with swing arm lamps until we bought our current house which included swing arm lamps (hard-wired in) on either side of the master bedroom bed area. Unfortunately, our current lamps seem to have been bought and installed when the house was built in 1977 so we are searching for the perfect lamps to replace them with because we like swing arm lamps very much.

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  14. Dear Freckles,
    It is getting wayyy too expensive for me to follow your blog! :)I am always being inspired (ahem-copying) all your decor. Keep up the good work!

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  15. I love the lamps, they look great! They are sized so nicely :)

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  16. They really look great!

    Looking at the old post, I realize how much work you've done in the bedroom. It looked great back then, but it looks spectacular now. :)

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  17. I am loving those lamps! The room is turning out beautifully!

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  18. Love swing arms, so hotel chic! I think they look great in your room and love them with the drum shades mekes them look so pricey!

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  19. I absolutely love the swing lamps with you old shades! I love the scale, so big! ;)


    Your bedroom is so zen yet so gorgeous!

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  20. They are freakin' fabulous! I have SO been coveting them!

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  21. Love the look, and they are so practical!

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  22. I adore these. I think I need them.

    My husband thanks you. ;)

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  23. the wall lamps totally add a great touch to your bedroom.

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  24. I am totally into swinging.... lamps!! I loved your old lamps, but these look like they were made for your bedroom! How do you keep improving upon perfection??

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  25. Fantastic! Love that there's no rewiring! Such a polished and clean look! I am all over this!

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  26. I dont often see swing arm lamps....but they look great! It leaves your side tables more room to put stuff and you wont knock the lamp by accident in the middle of the night! Where's the cushion in the middle from? Looks like zgallerie, but not sure...

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  27. The swing arm lamps are super classy, but I still love your old lamps. Any chance you want to sell/give them to a lucky reader? Please?

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  28. Absolutely love these! I hastily ran off to the store and spent way too much money on lamps when we first bought our house a few months ago. Husband would never go for a do-over at this point. Hmmmm, maybe next year.

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  29. I had been looking for swinging lamps for our bedroom that didn't require hardwiring so thank you! These are gorgeous!

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  30. I love the lamps! Your bedroom looks like a chic hotel room that I could hole myself up in for weeks on end, just ordering room service and watching movies.

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  31. Very nice! We currently have table lamps, because we were, er, had swingers in our old house. I was ready for something new. But I think yours are really pretty.

    jbhat

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  32. I just put some up last night :D I got them as a gift from my dear Mom and just got around to hanging them! I love them! I,too, am a reader and love the nightstand space! good choice!!
    Cheers~
    Q!

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  33. Your bedroom is DRIPPING with style. I love the fact that these are from Lowes...maybe it is because that means they are within my budget and MAYBE because Lowes is less than 5 minutes from my house.

    Love where this room is going.

    Cheers~
    e

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  34. Well done on the swing arms, I like that you changed the shade to a more modern style. Looks great, that middle pillow makes everything pop!

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  35. First time visitor - I love your site! I plan on copying, er, using your room as inspiration. I love it all. Thanks much!

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  36. Just stumbled upon your blog, via another blog, via yet another blog, searching for diy nailhead trimmed headboards. Love! You've got great style, but all your advice and inspiration is incredibly approachable and seemingly attainable. I've been eyeing these exact sconces at Lowes for quite some time, so when I saw them, along with that gorgeous bed I just about died. Absolutely love your site!

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  37. Just stumbled upon your blog, via another blog, via yet another blog, searching for diy nailhead trimmed headboards. Love! You've got great style, but all your advice and inspiration is incredibly approachable and seemingly attainable. I've been eyeing these exact sconces at Lowes for quite some time, so when I saw them, along with that gorgeous bed I just about died. Absolutely love your site!

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  38. Love the swing lamps, and that Greek Key patterned pillow is too fabulous! Where is it from?

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  39. Love the lamps-we have swing arm ones too! I just found your blog & love it!

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  40. we rented a cabin for our first anniversary, it had swing lamps above the bed. we loved them so much we installed them in our home. we got the ones that plug in as well. But when we moved we left them so we wouldnt have to fill the holes and repaint.

    we have been here 3 years...I guess its about time to get some more!!!

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