Aside from being a convenient choice for illuminating your favorite reading corner, floor lamps provide a simple way to spruce up a bare spot in any room. Because floor lamps so commonly become a style "anchor" in a space, choose wisely! Floor lamps offer both convenience (they are portable!) plus a true stand-alone style.
Typically more affordable than hardwired light fixtures, floor lamps are still not cheap. Extremely inexpensive styles are easy to spot (cheap-looking), and not recommended. For your investment, be sure to purchase a lamp that looks terrific and is equally functional in your home. Follow these expert tips for choosing and using them in your home.
Choose the proper height. A floor lamp's light should fall in a way that's useful, not invasive or glaring. If you place a very tall one next to your sofa, the glare from the bulb underneath might be annoying and not conducive at all to socializing in a calm environment. Make sure the lamp's light is diffused nicely, in the proper direction; selecting a piece with a flattering shade will help.
Draw attention to your best assets. Besides being a wonderful task lighting option, did you know floor lamps can provide accent lighting? Consider using one to draw the eye toward your favorite home accent pieces, like a favorite piece of artwork or d��cor.
Choose a flattering style. From ultra-sleek and contemporary to traditional (think: tasseled shades), floor lamps are available in a myriad of designs. Because they help "define" the space in a big way, much like other lighting fixtures, choose one that coordinates well with your existing d��cor. Some of today's prominent trends include:
Mid-Century styling ("candlestick" silhouettes, curvy bases)
Brightly colored, matte finishes
Sheer fabric shades
Bold fabric patterns
Place for optimal convenience. Look around is there a floor lamp with a coat rack
: where do you find yourself hanging out most often? If you read the newspaper in your easy chair each morning, place a floor lamp there. If your kids do their homework in the dining room, it might make sense there as well. Many even have coordinating table lamp (or other fixture) options available, so you can truly layer your lighting effectively.
Consider the switch. Standard switches for include a knob or pull chain under the shade. Some are available with 3-way switch options or even dimmingwitches, which allowing you to adjust the brightness (ideal for mood setting!). Still others come with line switches or foot switches at the cord, which is convenient in some situations.
Use a compact fluorescent for energy savings. Compact fluorescent bulbs can be substituted for incandescent bulbs in just about any fixture (though you may not be able to adjust the brightness with 3-way switches). If you plan on leaving your lamp on for extended periods of time, it's definitely worth considering this energy saving option. Compact fluorescents also allow for more brightness, at less wattage.