There are a few basic rules to lighting: Make sure each room has three or more sources of light, place light at various heights and ensure that all tasks are well lit. These rules exist to make sure rooms have enough light to see in but also so that they cast enough of a warm glow that you want to be in them. Breaking these rules can ruin a whole room’s design, says designer Breeze Giannasio. “People will worry about furniture, finishes, flooring, throw pillows — going to town on everything — but if the lighting isn’t right, you can’t see all of the work you’ve done,” she says.
Floor lamps are a great way to create that warmth. They can fit in tight spaces in small rooms or brighten a dark corner of a large room. They can add color to a neutral space or pizazz to a dreary one. They can even make up for a lack of overhead lighting.
For a small space
Floor lamps are key for a small space — whether it’s a studio apartment or a suburban house’s sitting room — because they add light without the bulk of a table lamp and end table. They’re even better when they articulate and telescope, so you can adjust the light to shine where you need it.
For a large space
Floor lamps can add a focal point if the room is visually disjointed.
The overhead replacement
The right floor lamp can take the place of overhead lighting if the room isn’t wired for it or has cold, unattractive fluorescents.
For the room that needs a jolt
A lamp with some moxie can take a room from scattered to cohesive, boring to lively.
Here are our top featured floor lamps for this week:
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