If you have room for a floor lamp in your living room, there are plenty of great options to choose from. These tall lamps are usually much larger than table lamps, and they can either shine upwards or downwards to illuminate a space. They’re typically used as a secondary source of lighting, in addition to overhead central or wall lights and ambient light from windows, but they also work well in place of decorative features or even a coffee table.
Depending on your goals, you may choose to use a floor lamp as reading lighting or for general ambiance. If you’re going to be using it as a reading light, then it should be situated next to or behind your chair so that the bottom of the shade is at eye level when you’re sitting down. Alternatively, you could position it in a corner of the room to help brighten the area and add a cozy glow.
The most common place to put a floor lamp in a living room is by or over seating. This is where they look their best and can be the most functional, especially if you choose a lamp that casts downward illumination. If you want the lamp to double as a decorative feature, then you may prefer an arc floor lamp with a dramatic arch in its pole, like this one from EQ3 that features a matte-anodized-aluminum shade that emits a vertical shaft of light. This style is more subtle than others and doesn’t scream “lighting” so it works well with many decor styles.
A torchiere is another popular choice, with a wide, flat base that supports several arms with a small shade each. They’re great for lighting up a larger area and are often made of metal with various finishes, including brass and nickel. The bulbs are typically halogen, so they’re very efficient and offer lots of brightness. They’re also very durable, so you can place them in high-traffic areas without worrying about them getting damaged or ripped off.
Another thing to consider when choosing a torchiere is the quality of materials. Many cheaper models are constructed from less expensive or lower-quality parts, such as plastic bases and thin, basic metal poles. These types of materials are more likely to droop, warp, and fall apart over time, so it’s important to spend a bit more money on a quality model that will last longer.
Overhead lighting from ceiling lights or pendants can be very harsh and straining on the eyes, especially when you’re trying to read or do other seated activities. A floor lamp can provide a soft complement to these fixtures and keep the overall brightness of the space soft while still allowing you to perform seated tasks. It’s also a great way to add visual interest and a focal point to a room. This openwork geometric fixture from Allied Makers would look beautiful against a paper-white ceiling and walls in this home.