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An accent table lamp isn't primarily for task lighting -- it's meant to offer pleasant ambient lighting for conversation, TV-watching and entertaining. Because of this, they're often more decorative than practical.
With the huge range of styles available, you're sure to find one that matches your table and the rest of the furniture in your room. Or, if you like, use a table lamp as an inexpensive way to take your decor in a new direction. Try a pair of Asian table lamps to lend a touch of the exotic, or a glass lamp base to reflect light from a window.