Live Better: Floor Lamps To Brighten Up Any Space

Illuminate your home with these elegant and practical choices.

lamp in the living room
Illuminate any nook of your choosing with a standing lamp.Amazon

A bright room feels bigger and more inviting—even if you’re short on space. So lighten up with a floor lamp that fits your home and your needs. Consider these tips before you flip the switch.

Simple Designs Home LF1014-WHT Etagere Organizer Storage Shelf Linen Shade Floor Lamp, White
Soft accent light perfect for displaying small items.Simple Designs

Before you shop for a floor lamp, consider what kind of light your space needs. Interior designers generally classify lighting in three categories. Task lighting, like a reading lamp, provides bright, focused illumination. Ambient lighting is softer and designed to make a whole room feel warmer and cozier. Accent lighting highlights a specific object or area, like a dining nook or decorative display.

JOOFO Floor Lamp,30W/2400LM Sky LED Modern Torchiere 3 Color Temperatures Super Bright Floor Lamps-Tall Standing Pole Light with Remote & Touch Control for Living Room,Bed Room,Office
Minimalist design with convenient high-tech features.JOOFO

Floor lamps come in a variety of styles and sizes, but this next tip is all about that base. Before shopping, measure the area where you plan to put your lamp. If you have a rug or carpeting, you’ll also want to make sure your lamp’s base is sturdy on that surface. A heavier base might be a pain to transport, but it’s ultimately safer around active pets and kids.

Simple Designs Home LF2000-BLK Mother-Daughter Floor Lamp with Reading Light, 71 x 20.47 x 11.35 inches, Black
Adjustable task and ambient illumination in a three-way switch.Simple Designs

Lighting isn’t simply a matter of on and off. It’s a spectrum, which is why decorators and home entertainers alike love dimmer switches. Floor lamps with three-way switches offer the same energy-saving, mood-enhancing versatility. For best results, stick to bulbs with soft, warm, yellow light that’s easy on the eyes—both aesthetically and physically—instead of stark fluorescent light.

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