Floor lamps are practical lights that often rest in living rooms, bedrooms, and home offices as essential task lighting. However, that's only scratching the surface of where these lights can be used and what purposes they serve. Modern floor lamps are designed for both practicality and style alongside artistry and self-expression. With that, here are 25 floor lamp ideas and tips to use in your home.
Tripod floor lamps are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their versatility and diversity. The legs of the lamp can be made of many different materials ranging from natural woods to industrial metals. The designs incorporated in the lamp's legs can also change the lamp from a sleek modern design to something more rustic or transitional. In any case, tripod floor lamps are a great addition to many rooms and styles.
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Floor lamps aren't just vertical fixtures. This Brielle Floor Lamp from Mitzi features a unique prop to angle the light at a different angle. With that, you can place the light very intentionally and cast light deliberately while making an artistic statement.
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When choosing a lamp, you can choose a highly minimalist lamp with no details or select a lamp that has detailing in its structure or lampshade. To help you choose a lamp that fits the room's style, look at the room's existing decor for any imagery or shapes that can carry over to the lamp. In this case, the rug's geometric design nearly ties back to the lamp. Although it is a small detail, it goes a long way to creating a cohesive style.
When choosing a light, look at all of its features and not just the aesthetic. For example, this lamp is stunning in its own right, but it also boasts an adjustable cone for directional lighting, various finishes, and dimming options. By looking at all the light's capabilities, you'll be able to confidently choose the best light for your room's style and daily life.
Mid century modern floor lamps can seamlessly fit into a mid century modern space with a rounded head and artistic structure. Mid century modern lamps are known for using geometric shapes in unconventional ways to create a vintage "space age" vibe. Even lamps that are not specifically mid century modern can fit the style when paired with the proper furniture, materials, and artwork.
Even though many floor lamps take up a large area, small floor lamps also exist to accent smaller spaces and fit your unique layout. These lights can be traditional torchiere lights or a swing-arm floor lamp like the one shown here. Even small lamps like these can make a big style statement in your living room.
Home offices are great spaces to incorporate floor lamps, since the lamps create a more practical space and the light reduce eyestrain. Depending on your room's layout, you can place an arched floor lamp to hover directly above your desk or set it to the side by a reading chair. In any case, a stylish reading floor lamp can elevate your office's style and utility.
In general, rounded edges convey a softer aesthetic than rigid rectangular and structured geometric designs. The rounded floor lamp shown here is perfect for softening the tone of the nursery and fitting into the overall tone of the room, but rounded lights like these can add youthful flair to any room that they're put in thanks to their unconventional design and flowing shapes.
Whether your room has a vibrant color scheme or a very limited color palette, your floor lamp serves as an opportunity to infuse color into the room. Metallic finishes, black, and white may be the most popular options for floor lamps, but other colors like orange copper, blue, and red are out there as well. With that, you have even more options for personalizing your room.
Since floor lamps only cast light over a small area, you'll likely use other lights to round out the room's lighting scheme. Recessed lights are a great, subtle addition, but even bold floor lamps can pair well with stylish ceiling fans and chandeliers. Using multiple lighting fixtures is also a great opportunity to further develop the room's style and show off a consistent finish or material.
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It can be difficult to find the right accent for a corner, since you don't want that accent to be hidden behind the furniture. That's why arching floor lamps are frequently placed in these areas to serve as beautiful accents and practical furniture. This room uses a large floor lamp to accent a singular chair and decorate the corner it's set in. There are many ways to use floor lamps in corners, but arc floor lamps are a great option for fitting larger corners and conveying a unique aesthetic.
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Floor lamps often use two different finishes to create an appealing design. In this case, the light includes a warm metallic finish alongside wood detailing. The balance of these tones perfectly complements the mid century modern furniture and aesthetic of the room, but lamps with multiple finishes/tones are incredibly versatile and can be paired with furniture in unique, personal ways.
If you're struggling with choosing lights for your home, consider buying multiple lights at once to ensure that they work well together. This may mean shopping exclusively from one collection of choosing lights that coordinate well with one another. Even if your ideal floor lamp doesn't come from a specific collection, you may find it helpful to shop from the same designer to find a similar style.
Floor lamps are incredibly versatile with their various designs, structures, and finishes. Because of that, these lights are perfect for accenting key rooms like living rooms and bedrooms, but they're also functional works of art that can decorate dining spaces, home offices, and hallways. As you begin shopping for your ideal floor lamp, consider all the possibility these lights present and how they can fit your style and practical needs.
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