8 Super-Cute Lamps for Kids’ Rooms

published Jun 23, 2023
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West Elm mushroom lamp on nightstand.
Credit: West Elm

Whether portable lights, petite clip-ons, or stylish table lamps, cute lamps in the kids’ rooms are important (and too often an afterthought). Long ago, I read about the concept of “kindly light” — essentially choosing lighting that invites you into a room and encourages you to stay for a while — in an interior design book, and the idea has stayed with me.

For most rooms — whether it’s a playroom, child’s room, or any other room in your home — you’ll likely need more than one light source, often at different heights. If you’ve chosen fantastic lighting options (like the ones below) and you’re still not quite getting the right vibe, don’t forget about the right bedroom lightbulb! You can choose a set color temperature bulb, or get a smart option that will let you change according to your mood. 

The best thing about light is that when it’s right, you probably won’t notice it much, but chances are you’ll notice the cute lamps you choose, and so will your child. We’ve rounded up some favorites to take you from the nursery to a big kid’s room, and beyond. 

Cute Lamps We Love

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Urban Outfitters

Best Battery-Powered Lamp

This aluminum and silicone lamp is the height of design. It's a creation from the mind of George Sowden, who discovered that silicone is a wonderful light diffuser, in addition to being easy to clean (something most moms likely already know). It’s also rechargeable, portable, cord-free and comes in several colors from bright to dramatic black and white. Frankly, battery-powered lamps are my top pick for kids' rooms because of safety, but also for bringing swanky, necessary light wherever needed — even outside. Read more about this trend here.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Best Animal Lamp

I can’t help but smile when I see the giraffe peeking over the shade, which is a plus, but this is also a stunning piece. It's lots of fun, but full of grown-up style.

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Modern Nursery

Best Rainbow Lamp

This sweet, twinkly lamp comes in several different rainbow colorways. It’s made of pine wood and is dimmable so it can be used during the day, or at night as a night light. There’s even a remote control for easy adjustments.

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West Elm

Best Nature-Inspired Lamp

It’s easy to love the muted, calming tones of this fun, handcrafted mushroom lamp. It’s whimsical enough for a woodland-themed nursery and it’s enough of a conversation piece for the living room. The colors are bright enough to delight your little one and tasteful enough to make you happy.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Best Cloud Lamp

Let your little ones feel like they are up among the clouds with these puffy wall-mounted lamps made of rice papier-mâché. These plug in with a clear plastic cord (switch on the cord for easy access). You can also pair it with the matching cloud pendant light.

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PB Teen

Best Cute Desk Lamp

There’s a lot to love in this desk lamp. Your little one might love the iridescent shimmer and the consistent light, and your older child will enjoy having a piece that fits in with teenager decor. The marble base is a nice touch and marries well with the gold finish, which manages to be neutral and elegant.

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Best Cute Floor Lamp

This lamp is both modern and has a wonderful vintage flair — perfect for late nights and early mornings with a baby, and shining a light on art projects and storytime. I love it for the fun, round shape and for the gold finish that goes with anything, but also adds a touch of glamour.

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Best Cute Table Lamp

Just as comfortable and effortless on an adult nightstand as a child’s desk or dresser, this lamp (a Cubby favorite!) has a fun umbrella shape and a super-small footprint, so you’re not giving up precious space to a lamp base. It comes in a range of sweet colors and just might follow your little one to their first home away from home (if you don’t keep it).

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