Important Things to Consider When Buying Floor Lamps for Your Living Room

well lit living room with a statement lamp

Floor lamps are an elegant choice for lighting up living rooms, and while the perfect living room should consist of more than just one type of light source, we would say that floor lamps are the most essential of them all. Having said that, it is important to take some things into consideration before you invest in your living room lamps to get the most out of them. 

Is It Going to be the Featured Highlight of the Living Room? 
Floor lamps catch attention automatically, but you have the option to make your floor lamp the highlight of the room, or keep it subtle. If you do want to make a statement with your floor lamps, tripods are a good way to go about it. Alternatively, the lamp can have a slim, basic stand and a colourful, flowering lampshade up top. Tripods may not work too well in smaller rooms though, so you are probably going to be better off with fancy lampshades in such situations. The standard lamps from Pagazzi have models to fit both ideas. For example, the Flynn 180cm LED with its five heads, a slim stem and the circular flat base is made to stand as a highlight floor lamp in a medium sized room. On the other hand, Pagazzi’s Port 202cm Tripod is an elegant floor lamp, designed to make a statement in a living room that’s big enough and high enough to accommodate it without looking cramped. 

Do You Need Task Lights Instead? 
Some people prefer having floor lamps that can be used as task lights instead, but you don’t necessarily have to choose. Select a bigger, taller floor lamp for the ambient lighting and as the focal point of the room, while letting a few smaller floor lamps act as the task lights besides sofas and reading tables. 

What About the Shade? 
Some floor lamps come with shades that can be changed, but that may not always be an option, so it is better to make sure that you get it right the first time around. You need to go over the options yourself to understand what would work best for the kind of d├ęcor you have in your living room, or the effect that you want to achieve with your floor lamps. In general, the more translucent and lighter the shade is, the brighter the light from the lamp would be, while darker shades are more suited when you want to accentuate a specific area, item or wall in the room. 

Do You Have a Light Layering Plan in Place? 
Your interior decorator has probably told you this already, but as a reminder, layering lights is the way to go, rather than relying on just one or two sources of light, be it floor lamps or overhead fixtures. Go through the following few guidelines which should give you an idea of how things should be set up in a moderately large living room, but feel free to improvise of course.

-Use one or two large floor lamps which will also act as the primary sources of ambient lighting.
-A few smaller floor lamps can act as task lights for reading besides sofas and reading tables 
-Table lamps should complement the task floor lamps 
-Use accent lighting to highlight art, a photo wall or any other type of accent wall 

It's also recommended that you fit your living room lights with dimmer switches to control the luminescence of the lighting in accordance with the mood and the need of the hour. Now that we have discussed some of the most important basic things to consider before choosing your floor lamps, you are ready to light up your living room the right way.

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