If you’re looking to add a little extra height and light in your room, floor lamps are an easy way to make a style statement. They come in an array of shapes, sizes and styles to match any decor, from a minimalist take on mid-century modern to a glam reimagination of Art Deco. And because they’re taller than table lamps, they’re also a great option for lighting up an open-concept living area or adding a focal point to a cozy reading nook.
If your eyes are starting to get strained after staring at the computer all day, there’s nothing quite like a mood-boosting light to help you decompress and focus. The good news is that there are tons of floor lamps to choose from — and they’re available at all price points, so you can find one that suits your needs, no matter the budget.
While you’re shopping for a new floor lamp, remember that shape is just as important as the size and brightness of the bulb. You want to look for options that will be a natural fit for your space, with the ability to adjust to different levels of ambient light. You’ll also want to pay attention to the height and placement of the switch, as you don’t want to have to reach all the way across the room to turn it off and on. Most floor lamps have a rotary switch that you turn with your hand and some can be set to multiple settings for different moods. You may even opt for a touch-activated version or a smart lamp that you can control with your home hub.
The type of material you choose for your floor lamp is another key factor to consider, as it’ll influence how the piece looks and feels in your room. Linen and woven fabrics read as more traditional, while metals and rattan give a more modern feel. You’ll also want to think about the type of shade you’ll go for, as some are streamlined and more functional while others are meant to be more of a statement piece. From standard club floor lamps to arc-style options that have a curved stand to tower lamps and even those shaped like trees and people, you can find all sorts of unique choices that are sure to be conversation starters in any room.
Kaitlyn Murphy, a senior designer at Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design in Philadelphia, loves this contemporary option for its simplicity and versatility. Its pale rubberwood base and textured linen shade blend well with coastal, Cali-cool, or transitional decor styles, she says. It’s a little cumbersome to put together and you can definitely stub your toe if you step on the solid marble base, but overall it’s a stylish choice for any space.
If you’re ready to upgrade to a more decorative and functional floor lamp, this one by Melbourne-based design group VUUE is worth considering. It’s a bit easier to put together and you can avoid stubming your toe on the solid base by opting for the foot-operated switch that turns on with a simple tap. You’ll still have to leave easy access for the switch, however, so be sure to place it in a location that won’t be hidden by furniture when you need to activate it.