Selecting the Right Floor Lamp for Your Space

Adequate lighting can revolutionize any space in a home. When it comes to redecorating, it can be difficult to decide among pendants, wall sconces, track lighting, chandeliers, floor lamps, or table lamps. The great advantage to floor lamps is that they double as decorative focal points. These lamps can be placed in nearly any space, and they are available in a variety of styles. Selecting the right floor lamp for your space may seem like an uphill battle, but this guide will give you the head start you need to start decorating with complete confidence. Illuminate dark corners, create a reading nook, or breathe life back into any space in need of luminous intervention. Our guide will review many of the most popular floor lamp styles, as well as tips for points of light, lamp wattage, placement, and more.


Selecting the Right Floor Lamp for Your Space

Floor lamps are incredibly versatile, because they are lightweight and easy to move. Whether your home is in need of new lighting or you’re buying a floor lamp for the very first time, we can help. Start by considering the intention of your new floor lamp or where it will be placed within your home. There is a delicate balance between fashion and function, but it’s possible to enjoy the best of both worlds. Floor lamps look fashionable in large living rooms, tight corners, and anywhere in between. We recommend that you search for a floor lamp that’s at least 68 inches high. This way, the shade will conceal the light bulb regardless of whether you’re standing or sitting.


Complement your décor: Think of a lamp as the jewelry of your interior design scheme. The right piece can balance the rest of the room. You should first consider the overall design concept of your home or the particular room in which the lamp might be placed. Before rushing off to buy, determine whether the lamp you like can be moved from one room to another. It’s possible that you might move or redecorate down the line. Is your home traditional, modern, or eclectic?


Don’t undervalue the shade: Lamps may be functional, but lampshades are supposed to be fashionable. The right fixture can help you achieve the precise lighting conditions you envisioned or need. If you are not sure where to start, you can never go wrong with a slim base and a drum-shaped shade. This floor lamp style will add height and drama to your space without undermining any other décor.


Different Styles of Floor Lamps

There are many different types of floor lamps and selecting the right floor lamp for your space is easier than ever.


Console: Console floor lamps are typically designed with a single upright pole that attaches to a round base. Most console lamps come with one bulb, but some feature two or three light sockets so you can increase visibility. This kind of design casts light downward, so a console lamp can be particularly useful for reading.


Torchiere: Torchiere floor lamps feature an inverted design that looks as though the lampshade is upside down. This kind of design casts ambient light upward, which can be used to focalize artwork or any point of convergence.


Arcing: Arcing floor lamps feature a slightly curved arm that casts light downward and away from the base. Arcing lamps are popular for reading or adding light to living spaces with large furniture.


Tray: If a tight corner or space in your home is in need of illumination, a tray lamp is as functional as they come. Tray lamps come with a built-in tray, eliminating the need for an end table.


Gooseneck: Gooseneck floor lamps are also known as flex lamps, because they feature single upright poles that terminate to one or multiple arms that flex at the top, so you can adjust the direction of light.


Candelabra: Candelabra lamps feature multi-way designs with multiple light bulbs and ornamentation, so they look like the antiquated candle holders after which they were named.


Tiffany: Tiffany-style lamps are designed with stained glass lampshades and bronze bases. They are inspired by the original stained-glass lamps that were made by Louis Comfort Tiffany during the Art Nouveau movement. Imitations often cost a fraction of the price you might pay for an authentic Tiffany lamp.


Selecting the right floor lamp for your space may still seem daunting, but the rest of your search will be concerned with lampshade height and weight, as well as what kind of lighting will look best in your home. If you choose a classic lamp style, incandescent bulbs produce the warm glow that will complete the vintage look. Halogen lights produce a brighter light than incandescent, but they are very similar in form and function. LED and fluorescent bulbs are energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, but they produce a cool, glaring light that looks best in modern lighting styles. If you have any questions about this guide or would like to learn more about the product selection at Antique Lamp Supply, please contact us today to speak with one of our friendly representatives.