What’s the first thing a realtor does when they show your home? They turn on EVERY light. The reason is that most of our homes look dark. Everyone wants a light, bright feeling home.
Do you feel like your room is too dark? There are so many images on Pinterest and in magazines of these beautiful bright rooms with giant windows. But let’s be honest, not many of us live in spaces like that. Good lighting is one of the most important design elements in every room.
If you live in a place where you can’t add windows or replace lights that are hard wired, floor lamps are your new best friend. They can add a lot of light to a space without a big price tag.
Floor lamps a big design choice. Choose one that complements your style. Because they are large they accommodate large wattage which means they can really lighten up every room.
Where to Use a Floor Lamp
Floor lamps work in so many spots:
- Next to a sofa or chair
- Standing alone in a dark corner
- Next to a bed or beside a small nightstand (if you don’t have room for a table lamp)
- Beside a desk
A well lit room should have three light sources, not including the natural light from a window. Most rooms have some type of overhead lighting, the first source. To make a room look warm and inviting you need to add two more. Take a look at your room and see where the dark spots are. If you can’t count three light sources, you need a floor lamp.
See the three light sources in this dining room, which has no recessed lights. It looks light in the morning, but at night you need all the bulbs you can get. There’s a chandelier, a table lamp and a floor lamp.
Budget Floor Lamps by style
Floor lamps come in all styles and budgets. I like to stick to handful of sources for lighting to avoid black hole of online shopping. My go-to sources floor lamps including Ballard Designs (especially on sale), Pottery Barn, IKEA (for the biggest bargains, but not the most light) Target, Etsy and Amazon.
statement floor lamps
If you are looking for a floor lamp that makes a statement, take a look at these. They do a lot more than just provide light. They are large and more like a piece of art than a lamp.
- Britech Mason Arch Floor Lamp on Etsy – comes in several finishes.
- Tripod Retro Floor Lamp on Etsy – check out this sellers full line of lamps. They have many really unusual ones.
- Curvilinear mid-century lamp from West Elm
Arch Floor Lamps
This style of floor lamp works well over a chair or over a couch. These lamps are large enough that they can add height to a space and act like a sculptural element in the room.
- IKEA Ranarp Floor lamp – I love the prices on Ikea Light fixtures but you have to be sure that they take a standard bulb. Some Ikea lighting is only made to work with the bulbs they sell.
- Cantilever Drop Pendant Floor Lamp from Target (less than $100)
- Overarching Floor Lamp from West Elm – Comes in three finishes, antique brass, bronze and nickel. Wait for a sale on this one.
- Target Arc Floor Lamp (less than $100)
- Custom Articulating Floor lamp from Pottery Barn – wait for a sale on this one. Comes in two finishes.
- Atlanta Floor Lamp from Ballard Designs – This lamp has a very heavy base. It is a really warm light.
Pillar Floor Lamps
These lamps are basically just like table lamps with a longer base. They don’t make as much of a statement, but they can still add much needed light to a room.
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- Britech Jacob reading and floor lamp – This lamp comes in multiple finishes, black brass and sating. It has enough bulbs that it is great for bringing lots of light. It feels almost like a standing chandelier.
- Garth Modern Floor lamp – This oil rubbed bronze lamp is classic and goes with almost any style.
- Kayne Floor Lamp from Lamps Plus
- Weston Window Pane Floor Lamp from Target – This lamp also comes in a desk top version and three finishes, black, nickel and brass.
- Sloan Wood Floor Lamp from Ballard Designs – This is a very traditional style of lamp. It comes in two finishes, black and natural.
Tripod Floor lamps
Tripod floor lamps have a bit more heft to them than the single pillar lamps so they can take up more space in your room.
They tend to have a more modern look to them and fit right into mid-century modern decor. Tripod lamps are more expensive than other styles of floor lamps, so only look for these if you have a budget of more than $100 (with the exception of these two below)
- Wood and Brass Tripod Lamp from Target – This lamp can fit into so many different style rooms. I hope you go to Target’s web site and scroll through the photos for this lamp, you will want to buy it and it’s price very reasonably. Lamps Plus has an almost identical lamp that is twice as much. It also comes in a nickel finish. PS this is not a sponsored post.
- Cipriana Tripod from Target – This one has an unusual black shade, which looks cool but will reduce the light output.
Torchiere Floor Lamps
Torchiere floor lamps are not meant for lighting up specific areas. Their light is aimed at the ceiling so they can light up a whole room because the light reflects off the ceiling. Honestly I’ve never found one of these I would buy. They are inexpensive, but in my opinion, they look it.
Look around your room and see if a floor lamp would be the answer to brighten up your space. Do you have three light sources in every room? If not, try adding one floor lamp and see what a difference it makes.
When you go to purchase a lamp be sure that the shade is included in the price. Sometimes shades are sold separately and they can be hard to match in scale if you don’t buy with the lamp. If you have a favorite floor lamp, share it in the comments.