There is nothing more important than a good, safe, and secure home. Our homes are the places where love resides, memories are created and friends get together. To make them as cosy as possible, paying attention to every single detail is more than necessary. From furniture and wall paint to lighting and decorative home accessories and lighting, every decision can affect the overall atmosphere in your home.
Lighting, in particular, can make a huge difference in a room. While you may be limited in terms of lighting fixtures, you have options in abundance when it comes to lamps. Floor lamps can play a great part in making a room brighter while adding an interesting touch to it at the same time. Adding more light can make your home happier and reading, doing paperwork or preparing food over a kitchen counter more enjoyable. If you want to add a gorgeous floor lamp to your interior, here’s what to consider.
Floor lamps are one of the most versatile and stylish-looking types of lamps. You can choose from a wide range of options to match any decor and design.
Tripod Floor Lamps
Since these lamps are extremely popular and come in a plethora of designs, it can be pretty easy to find a tripod standing lamp that blends perfectly into your decor scheme. With its bold energy, the 3-legged and adjustable neck, the tripod lamp evokes a studio feel. The styles available can add drama and distinctive interest to any seating area. The tripod standing lamp has a bigger footprint than a standard one-legged lamp, which makes it more eye-catching.
The most popular forms of shades for these lamps are either a drum or an empire shade. The simple cylinder or drum shade usually has round openings with vertical sides, which helps to disperse light equally up and down. Thie empire shade has a slightly smaller top diameter, which is why it distributes more light downward than up.
Arc Floor Lamps
These lamps feature a long curving arm that arches up and out from a heavy base. They provide general overhead lighting, which is why they’re usually used in wide lounge areas with multiple chairs, sofas or even a sectional. Although they can appear stylish and functional, research shows that arc lamps can produce dangerous UV rays. Also, as the light burns out, it creates a buzzing sound and flickers.
Task Floor Lamps
This lamp can provide a direct, downward facing light on your workspace, and can be very handy if you need light on one detailed location. However, these lamps are not a good choice for lighting an entire room.
Track Tree Floor Lamps
These lamps feature a main body that branches into three or more arms, just like a tree. Also known as octopus, spider and multi-arm floor lamps, these are very dynamic lamps that allow you to adjust and focus light in any number of directions.
The right floor lamp can make a big difference to a room. It can have many decorative purposes, such as to add height to your furniture landscape or become a focal point in the room. A tripod standing lamp, for example, can help a lot in designing a hallway by seeing it as more than just a passage. Floor lamps create additional task lighting, which makes tasks such as reading or working long hours in front of the computer a lot easier. Since these lamps are known for their flexibility and movability, you can easily change their position according to your needs.
To make sure that everyone can find a floor lamp that fits their decor preferences, designers have come up with a wide range of material choices of the lamp base. Tripod lamps are among the most versatile when it comes to material, and their range includes wooden, metal, chrome, brass, copper and bronze tripod lamps. The ‘old charm’ of the wooden lamps make them ideal for vintage and traditional homes, while metal varieties suit modern, contemporary and industrial-style homes.
Floor lamps can help a lot in setting the right type of lighting in a room.
- Ambient lighting. Although this lighting is usually provided when you flip on a light switch as you enter a room (ceiling fixtures or sconces), portable floor lamps, especially tripod lamps, can help a lot in brightening up space.
- Task lighting. This kind of lighting can help you perform a particular activity such as reading, knitting, working on a computer. Task lamps or tripod lamps emit enough light for this purpose.
- Accent lighting ( focal lighting). This sort of light creates an atmosphere or is used to draw your attention to a particular object or aspect of your home’s architecture or landscape.
- Decorative lighting. This lighting is for purely aesthetic purposes and floor lamps excel at it.
Where to Place Your Floor Lamp
There is no strict rule about where should floor lamps stand, which means you can place them anywhere you need them. In the living room, your floor lamp can be a perfect addition to your seating area, near an accent chair, or brightening up some artwork or sculpture. To add symmetry to a room, you can place two identical floor lamps on each side of the sofa.
Lamps are ideal for lightening up a long and dull hallway or adding more function light to your dining room. If you love reading before bedtime in the bedroom, you can place your floor lamp near your bed. Since they can be moved around, adding decorative interest to each room can be a pretty easy task. Make sure that there’s a socket available in the near where you can plag it in, and enjoy the extra light.