I've noticed a trend of one lamp on long sofa tables or entry tables instead of the traditional two. Now that I think about it, it makes sense. Typically these lamps aren't very apart, why do we need two?
You'll notice from the photos below, if you go for one lamp, you'll need to balance it with something. A plant, flowers, or a sculptural vase all look nice.
If you love a more traditional balanced approach, two may feel more soothing to you. If you gravitate toward something more eclectic, you may think one is the way to go! This is a fun concept to play around with. If you have 2 lamps on a table, take one away. How does it look? Can you use that lamp in another room? If you have one lamp, what if you moved it & doubled your pleasure there with two? You never know until you start moving things around & having an open mind. Maybe it looks best how you've always had it!
Which do you like better-one lamps or two?
one lamp from Mead
(4 photos below and at the top of this post from Mead Quin Design I'm sure you can tell she likes this style!)