Floor lamps offer an amazing variety of styles, and they are versatile. In addition to providing light, they can add to the interior design of a home or add interest to an empty corner. Even better, they can be moved from room to room whenever needed.
Floor lamps provide three general layers of light: ambient, task and accent.
- Ambient lighting provides overall illumination, commonly reflected or diffused, to a room. The general characteristic of this type of lighting is that it tends to project light sideways and upwards.
- Task lighting is a focused “hot spot” of light that provides you with light to help with a particular task. It enables you enables you to read, do crafts, and the like, so it projects lighting downwards.
- Accent lighting draws attention to a part of the room or a specific object.
What Do I Need to Know Before Shopping?
Know how tall a lamp you want.
An average floor lamp will be around 5 to 6 feet tall (1.5 to 1.8 meters). There are lamps 7 to 8 feet high (2 to 2.4 meters), but they are more difficult to find and should only be used with large rooms and high ceilings. Take the following into consideration:
- Use the eye-level rule. The bottom of the floor lamp shade should be roughly at or slightly below the eye level of a sitting person to avoid the glare.
- If you intend to place the lamp further away from the seating area, use a taller lamp.
- The taller the floor lamp, the larger the area lit.
- If you have a low ceiling, a very tall lamp will look like a misfit. If you have a high ceiling, a short lamp will look lost.
- If you have low furniture, a very tall lamp will look terribly out of place. Likewise, oversize furniture overpowers a small or spindly floor lamp.
- There are lamps with adjustable heights, which can solve the height problem and ensure that you can use the lamp in various locations.
Know how much space you have for the lamp.
- Traditional and torchiere lamps easily fit into a minimum amount of space.
- Arc lamps take up more space due to the horizontal extension.
- A tripod lamp takes up more space. It should never look like it was wedged in, and it should never be in the way.
What Are the Different Styles of Floor Lamps?
- Traditional Lamp
Also called a console floor lamp, the traditional lamp has a base, a pole, and a shade. It can be as basic as that, or it can be as elaborate as you want with the many variations of each element. Shades will vary to suit any décor, but most suitable are the cone-shaped empire shades that slope from the top to the bottom and cast light downward. The traditional lamp works with most decors, except modern or any minimalist styles. Provides ambient lighting.