Choosing Floor Lamps
Adding a floor lamp to your home is a simple yet effective way to bring a touch of light and warmth to your space. These lamps come in a variety of styles and can provide ambient, task or accent lighting to any room.
Natural materials are often used in these lamps, as they can offer a unique and visually pleasing appeal to your home’s decor. For example, an Indonesian driftwood floor lamp features naturally-grown wood that is shaped by the sea, and then recycled into unique pieces of furniture.
A wooden floor lamp will complement any style of decor, from traditional to modern. The natural material will also add a rustic feel to your room.
When choosing a floor lamp, there are a few things you should consider, including the style of the base and the shade. The shade is what will give the floor lamp its appearance and serve as a reflector to distribute the light from the bulb.
The size of the shade will also affect how much light it can provide to the room. It should be large enough to spread the light across the room, but not so wide that it makes it hard for you to walk through it comfortably.
Choose a floor lamp with a lampshade that matches the base of the lamp. The bottom diameter of the shade should be equal to or less than the base’s overall size (see our guide below).
Select a floor lamp that provides the right amount of light for your needs. This will vary depending on the size of your room and how it is used, but a typical rule of thumb is that you want the lamp to be able to illuminate a square area of about 10 inches x 10 inches.
In addition to a standard light bulb, some floor lamps also use LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes. These small bulbs can output light without using a large amount of wattage, making them a great option for energy-efficient lighting.
A floor lamp with an LED can produce a more uniform and softer light than a floor lamp with a conventional incandescent bulb. They are also more environmentally friendly because they don’t contain metals, and so are more suited to environments that are concerned with environmental concerns.
Torchiere and Tree Lamps
A torchiere floor lamp is a type of floor lamp that has an upward-facing shade. These shades are generally a translucent or frosted glass, and they will cast most of the light from the lamp upwards towards the ceiling as ambient light, rather than directly onto the area below.
This style of lampshade can be found on a number of different types of floor lamp, and is especially common in modern lamps. It is a good choice for those looking for an ambient lighting option because it does not require a bulb or a diffuser, and instead allows the light to spread through the entire area, similar to the way a chandelier does.