10 of Our Favorite Sources for Mid-Century Modern Lighting

updated Aug 7, 2020
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Swapping out ordinary light fixtures, whether in the form of table lamps, overhead lighting, or sconces, for pieces that are full of personality and style can make all of the difference in your home. And if you want to make your space look instantly more elevated, focus your search on mid-century modern fixtures—this style is responsible for some truly show-stopping designs that add a sleek, sophisticated touch to any space in no time. Take a look at 10 of our favorite sources for MCM lighting below!

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1. Schoolhouse

With its commitment to American manufacturing and adhering to high production standards, Schoolhouse is a fantastic source for lighting—particularly sconces. Check out this task sconce, which will look beautiful above a nightstand. Pick up two, flank them on either side of the bed, and instantly elevate your entire bedroom.

Buy: Princeton Long Sconce, $269

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2. AllModern

AllModern is one of the best places to find mid-century style on a budget, and their assortment of MCM lighting is top-notch. For example, this arched floor lamp is the finishing touch your reading nook needs. At just $88, it’s affordable compared to similar models and boasts excellent reviews. Even if you don’t love MCM, this lamp is sophisticated yet simple enough to blend in with a number of room styles.

Buy: Dale Arched Floor Lamp, $99.99 $88

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3. Lumens

Lumens is a fantastic catch-all resource for many different types of light fixtures, and their mid-century section is definitely impressive. This mod floor lamp is a fun find that will add character and whimsy to any space—feel free to place it in the living room, a bedroom nook, a nursery, you name it!

Buy: ELK Lighting Kopernikus Floor Lamp, $210.60 $179.01

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4. Rejuvenation

West Elm’s sister brand Rejuvenation sells plenty of furniture and decor, but they’re most known for their range of MCM lighting. It’s expensive, but this pretty pendant fixture is worth the splurge—just look at that incredible brass and wood combo! It will look especially gorgeous hung above a dining table or in a breakfast nook.

Buy: Altona Barebulb Pendant, $679

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5. YLighting

YLighting is a fantastic source for modern lighting from top designers, and the site frequently runs sales so you have more chances to save. This stunning table lamp will look especially nice on a desk and can be angled to meet your needs while working. It’s way more chic than your average office lamp, and has a small profile that won’t take up too much desk real estate.

Buy: Seed Design Laito Gentle Table Lamp, $300 $255

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6. Target

If budget is your primary concern, you need to head on over to Target for inexpensive but beautiful lighting. This Project 62 lamp is versatile and timeless, and looks much more expensive than its $50 price tag. Use it in the living room, bedroom, office, or wherever else needs some additional light.

Buy: Project 62 Cantilever Floor Lamp, $49.99

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7. West Elm

This best-selling West Elm sconce always grabs my attention, and I can’t get enough of it—the black and brass combo, sleek arms, and unique shades make it a winner. It’s just one example of West Elm’s can’t-miss selection of lighting, and is sure to make a statement no matter where it’s placed.

Buy: Curvilinear Mid-Century 2-Light Long Sconce, $299

8. Apartment Therapy Bazaar

Maybe I’m a little biased, but Bazaar (AT’s marketplace for secondhand and vintage home goods) is a gold mine of mid-century lighting. Take this pharmacy floor lamp by Frederick Cooper, which boasts a two-tone brass and nickel finish and some serious character. It’s expensive, but they really don’t make them like this anymore—and it’s available for domestic and international shipping!

Buy: Frederick Cooper Nickel Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp, $529

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9. Walmart

Yup, the superstore is a surprisingly good place to shop for MCM-inspired lighting, if you’re willing to do some digging. This handsome floor lamp comes with a bonus in the form of a built-in shelf—keep it bare or use it to hold a potted plant or succulent to add some extra charm to your setup. Either way, this piece is a stunner.

Buy: Adesso Bedford Shelf Floor Lamp, $400 $349.95

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10. Lamps Plus

If you want to browse through all the options, check out Lamps Plus. This swing-arm sconce is an excellent bedside companion but would also look gorgeous next to a sofa. It’s a Lamps Plus fave and rings up at just $100, making it an affordable buy that certainly doesn’t lack charm.

Buy: Colwood Antique Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp, $99.99