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4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Lamp

Floor lamps these days are a designer’s best friend; they are sleek, modern, unique and energy efficient. As such, it’s little wonder that homeowners and interior decorators can’t wait to get their hands on floor lamps when designing the room of their dreams.

 

 

The only thing is, given the large number of styles to choose from, it’s easy to buy something that doesn’t really suit your home and many buyers struggle to determine what it is they should be looking for in a floor lamp to get their perfect match.

Well, that’s what we are here for.

Here are our 3 top tips on choosing the perfect floor lamp for your home:

 

First, decide on the purpose of your floor lamp

The purpose of your floor lamp is going to have a massive impact on the design, type and wattage of the lamp that you choose. For example, if you are simply looking for a floor lamp that is aesthetically pleasing and casts a warm glow over your room, then an upward facing lamp with a warm orange/yellow glow and a low wattage is going to be best for providing the ambience you are looking for.

However, if you are looking for a more practical floor lamp for reading, then you are going to want to get a lamp that casts a good light and that is flexible for movement into the best reading positions.

 

The eye level rule

The height of your floor lamp is essential in where it fits in and you should always measure a space and consider the eye level rule before investing in your floor lamp.

If your lamp is going to be located in a passage way or a kitchen or somewhere that people are going to be standing, then it can be a taller lamp; simply measure from the floor to an average adults eye level and the bottom of the lamp shade or lamp should meet up with it.

A small floor lamp in a room with high ceilings is going to get lost, so it’s important to consider the height, size and space where you are putting your lamp.

 

Make a statement

One of our favourite things about modern floor lamps is that there are so many options for signature lights that make a statement; from hanging lights over the kitchen table to sculptural masterpieces that will simply be the centre of attention to your room.

Remember your décor

It’s always important to keep the rest of your house décor in mind when you are buying a floor lamp. This ensures that your floor lamp will stand out but not clash.

If you live in an old country manor, for example, then you probably shouldn’t invest in a modern, sleek floor lamp that wouldn’t look out of place in a city centre deluxe apartment. If you have a minimalistic, modern household with black marble tops and straight geometric lines, then it’s worth looking into something more slick and stylish.

These are just some of the aspects to keep in mind when you are looking for the perfect floor lamp. We’ve got an exquisite selection of floor lamps to suit any household, simply have a look at our range and contact us if you’d like to know any more about these and our other stylish lights.

 

Lighting Options: Subtle Versus Statement Makers

Lighting plays an important role in interior design. Not only is lighting practical, in that it can eliminate darkness so you can see, but it can also be used to give a certain mood or look to a room or space.

Knowing how you want to design a space is the first step in determining what sort of lighting the space needs. This is because the way lighting is used in a room can either be subtle or it can make a statement. Both of these lighting types are important in design, both individually and together, for several reasons.

Using a balance of both lighting types is a good idea because subtle and statement lighting offer different things and they can be layered for optimal effect. To understand how they work together, you need to know how they work individually.

 

Subtle Lighting

Simple yet refined, subtle lighting is the type of lighting you are likely to find away from the centre of the room. It is lighting that blends in with the wall or ceiling it is attached to, or the floor space it is set on. It is lighting that is focussed on emphasising or complementing other aspects in the room, such as furnishings, wall coverings, and even structural components of the house’s design.

Subtle lighting can include sconces, table and floor lamps, and even lights set into bookshelves or other furniture or items.

Our Volume bookshelf and wine rack is shaped like an elegant teardrop and has a light positioned at the tip to illuminate items placed on the shelves or rack. The lighting here is subtle, meant to draw attention to the beautiful craftsmanship of the piece but not overpower the room.

Likewise, our desk lamps—including the modern Datchet with its LED lighting, chrome metal detailing, and VA screen with clock and other features—are intended to illuminate a smaller, specific area to make working in a dark room a thing of the past.

In the end, subtle lighting is all about creating atmosphere in a quiet and background sort of way.

 

Statement Makers

Statement makers do just that: make statements. That doesn’t mean that they are the only lighting in a room, but they are intended to draw attention and give viewers a sense of awe. Statement makers are about being decorative as much as they are about lighting up a space.

Statement makers are usually central to a room. One of the main places you may see a statement maker—like a chandelier or one or more hanging shades—is suspended or hanging over a dining table. At the top of a staircase is another prominent area one may be positioned.

Hanging shades like Chime, which consists of one, three, five, or six slim glass tubes with partial satin matt finish to hide the light source, can be suspended from the ceiling. Corbel has four differently-sized domes that can also be hung from the ceiling. The domes come in a variety of elegant shades and finishes to best complement the space.

These lighting options are made with the intent to stand out, while also providing a light source.

 

Combing Subtle and Statement Lighting

As you have probably presumed by now, pairing subtle lighting with a statement maker can result in a well-lit room that looks great. The statement maker grabs attention and the subtle lighting fills out the less noticeable areas to make sure all that needs to be illuminated is.

With careful selection of different lighting options—and with careful placement of lights and furnishings—different moods and looks can be created.