With so many options available, you may be left unclear about which lamp suits your living room. There are several factors you need to consider first to properly appraise the effects and advantages of the pieces you're eyeing on. Look at the style of the lamp. If you're after having a certain theme, you may need to choose the material and design carefully to suit the color and accents of the room. The material used also needs to compliment the main theme. A basic rule is that the lamp base should match the finish well. The color of the base should also blend well or develop a nice contrast along with the lamp shade.