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Interiors: Light up your life; Gabrielle Fagan on why table lamps are perfect to give your home a warm glow through winter.

Byline: Gabrielle Fagan

IT'S easy to be baffled by lights -- and the choice today is dazzling. Faced with downlighters, uplighters, spotlights, fibre optic lights. . . it's easy to be so blinded by technology. But you can lighten up winter nights simply by turning to that old favourite, the table lamp. Light years away from those predictable lamps of old, they've transformed themselves into the ultimate practical decoration.

Michelle Ogundehin, editor of Elle Decoration magazine, says: ``You can't go wrong with a base made in a classic material such as glass, wood or leather, topped with a drum shade in silk or paper. Also, using coloured bulbs is a quick way to change a room's atmosphere. Try red for fun, or blue for a peaceful feel.

So here are a few ideas on how you can trip the light fantastic. . .

BHS 020 7262 3288/www. bhs. co. uk Still hard to beat its range on price and quality. There are some chic lamps with leather bases, and also those in rich dark woods. Niall lamp, pounds 40; Figure Eight lamp, pounds 40; bottle shaped Janus, pounds 40, and the pillar shaped Judd, pounds 45.

SAINSBURY'S 0800 636 262/www. sainsburys. co. uk Its home wear goes from strength to strength in quality and design, and its lamps, from pounds 10-pounds 25, are one of its best features. Check out the Chrome Touch lamp, pounds 15, and the large Zebrano lamp, pounds 25.

HOUSE OF FRASER 0870 160 7270/www. houseoffraser. co. uk It has a huge selection by top designers. Look out for the solid pear-shaped gold base of the Lucerna, topped with a drum shade, pounds 105, or the strikingly tall and slim chrome base of the Manilla, pounds 135. A delicate blue tint in the clear stack of glass bubbles in the Milo Aqua lamp base, is echoed in the woven circular shade. It costs pounds 155 complete.

GRAHAM AND GREEN 0870 044 5656/www. grahamandgreen. co. uk The clear simplicity of perspex lamps make them suitable for either a contemporary or traditional setting. The Melvina's base is made of stacked circular cubes (pounds 166. 50, height 64cm). The Aminta's base is a tower of square cubes (pounds 175, 65cm). The Myra's base is a disc of Perspex with cut-out hole and costs (pounds 145, 57cm). Kartell's Take lamp, with see-through base and shade framed by a sheet of Perspex, costs pounds 43 (30cm).

LAURA ASHLEY 0871 230 2301/www. lauraashley. comA favoured destination for those with classic or period homes, there are also lamps with a contemporary edge. One of the prettiest, the Gatsby Floral base, pounds 45, has ornate metal roses entwined around its stem. It teams with a Gingham square shade, pounds 22. Follow the trend for mirrored surfaces with the Battersby Glass Column base, in mirror glass, pounds 50.

DWELL 0870 241 8653/www. dwell. co. ukIts version of the classic Arco lamp, the Giant Curved Floor Lamp, is excellent value at pounds 169. It has a pressed marble base and an adjustable chrome metal support -- available with chrome or white acrylic shade.

MARKS AND SPENCER 0845 603 1603 www. marksandspencer. com Has a comprehensive range of lights. Stunners include the slim, tall Trump floor lamp with its fluted base and top, available in red or silver at pounds 275. A fashionable lacquer lamp, pounds 140, in red or black, is a must in any chic home. If you're counting the pennies, try the Porcelain cube table lamp, available in white, orange and yellow, pounds 35. The perspex Bombilla table lamp, pounds 18, comes in a range of colours.

MEDITERRANEO 020 7720 6556/www. mediterraneodesign. com Specialises in beautiful lamps made in Venetian glass, including a range from Italian company La Murrina which costs from around pounds 500. The Mambo's vivid colours stun in a contemporary space. It costs pounds 1, 575 for the large (diameter 45cm, height 58cm) and pounds 1, 285 for the small size (32cmx38cm).

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(From top) Graham & Green Take lamp; Sainsbury's Zebrano lamp; Laura Ashley's Gatsby Floral base; Mediterraneo's stunning Mambo lamp costs from pounds 1, 285
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Date:Nov 13, 2004
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