You don’t need us to tell you that lamps and lighting are absolutely essential to the complete the design of your furniture set. Modern floor lamps, or wall lamps, serve a double purpose: they can be gorgeous objects in themselves, and the light they make can determine the entire mood of the room. So choosing the right lamp to place around your living room sofa requires a lot of thought.
Floor lamps are also a great way to turn ‘negative spaces’ into positive design features. Those ‘nothing’ areas, adding depth and character and bringing the room to life. Choose a semi-translucent shade to give a soft, diffuse light and create a warming glow.
Floor lamps can be a principal feature of a room, either complementing or deliberately clashing with your theme – for example, you can make a statement with a large tripod, a midcentury-style angled standing light, an unusual resin floor lamp or a traditional base with a big, striking shade.
If you want your lamp next to a sofa or armchair to provide reading light, then the bottom of the shade should be at around eye level when sitting – meaning that the top of the lamp will typically be around 60 inches high when measured from the floor.
Floor lamps can do all three tasks – separately or simultaneously. Having a couple of tall standing lamps enables you to create different moods of ambient light. You can position one craftily in a reading nook for reading task light. And if you have an interesting architectural feature to highlight, a floor lamp with an opaque shade can provide suitable accent light.