How to Choose the Perfect Floor Lamp for Your Living Area
Creating ambience without costly and time-intensive installation, floor lamps are an essential element in the design of a beautiful living room. Not only are they feature pieces in themselves, the light they emit can help to determine the mood of the room. Offering both widespread ambient lighting and direct task lighting, floor lamps are a cost effective and versatile addition to any living area, you just need to find the right one to suit your space. So how do you do that?
Consider the Existing Décor and Design of the Room
Floor lamps are available in a multitude of sizes, shapes and styles so there’s sure to be one that will suit your space perfectly. Whether your space is sleek and contemporary, traditional or eclectic, ask yourself if you want the floor lamp to make a statement by adding colour and character or if you would prefer it to subtly blend into the existing furniture and furnishings. Whatever you decide, there’s plenty of scope to find the perfect lamp that will tie into the to the style, look and décor of your room.
If you are wanting to add a feature piece to a room, then consider choosing an oversized tripod floor lamp which will add character while also being a practical source of light. Large colourful or patterned shades will also create a statement, or consider choosing lamps made from stand-out materials such as brass, copper or marble for that extra wow factor. Floor lamps are also a great way to turn a negative space into a positive design feature, by adding a floor lamp to an empty area like a dark corner or the space between your sofa and wall, you can add depth, ambience and texture bringing the whole room to life.
Decide on the Kind of Light You Need
Stylish, practical and versatile, floor lamps can be used for both ambient and task lighting, so deciding which is more important will help you to decide on the best floor lamp to purchase. If the lamp will be positioned next to a sofa or arm chair and used for reading or other tasks, you could consider using LED lamps with a higher lumen output. The bottom of the shade should also sit around eye level when sitting to reduce glare. Some floor lamp designs come with additional features to suit your needs such as dimmer switches and adjustable necks allowing you to focus the light in varying directions or reducing the illumination to create a softer glow. The right shade also plays an important role in the light emitted. A semi-translucent shade is ideal for softer ambient light, however if you want to highlight a feature or create a brighter glow then opt for a clear or translucent shade, as these are better for accent lighting.
Get Your Sizing Right
The size of the floor lamp plays a big role when choosing the right one for your room, and getting the size wrong is a common mistake many people make. A large lamp may be beautiful but if it takes up valuable floor space or impedes lines of vision, it may not work for you. It’s important to consider the scale of your living room, especially the height of the ceiling. A tall lamp will look out of proportion in a room with low ceilings, while a floor lamp that’s too short can also stand out for the wrong reasons. Take a tape measure and work out the ideal height first, so that you know how tall the lamp can be before it would start to dominate the room. What you want is to find the right scale for your floor lamp to blend seamlessly into the room.
Choosing the right floor lamp can make all the difference to the final look and feel of your room and is an affordable way to update your space on a budget. Whether you are after modern floor lamps or more traditional styles, Lighting Lighting Lighting has all your needs covered. Shop our huge range online today.
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