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How To Choose A Floor Lamp (Complete Buying Guide)

Good lighting is key to illuminating your beautiful home and showing it off in all of its glory. It’s also pretty crucial to your family’s day-to-day comfort – after all, without quality light, it’s harder to complete tasks, navigate your space, and enjoy your home for all it has to offer.

Of course, finding lighting that ticks all the boxes is easier said than done. Once you’re happy with your inbuilt lighting (e.g. downlights and overhead ceiling lights) then it’s time to add pops of brightness with individual wall, table and floor lamps. Perhaps the most fun of the three is floor lighting, as it’s elegant, makes a statement, and has lots of variation to play with.

If you’re looking to add some flair to your home, and spice up your living room lighting, a floor lamp is a great place to start. Without further ado, here’s our complete guide to selecting the perfect floor lamp for your unique space, straight from our designers’ expert minds and into your home!

Our Leo Floor Lamp is the perfect accent light for your home.
Our Leo Floor Lamp is the perfect accent light for your home.

Selecting the right kind of lighting

Our Leo Floor Lamp is the perfect accent light for your home.
Our Leo Floor Lamp is the perfect accent light for your home.

The first thing to consider when picking out a floor lamp to adorn and accent your space is the type of lighting you want to bring into the room. There are three kinds of lighting – task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is designed to illuminate the space fully, whereas task lighting serves to brighten up certain areas of the room to help you (surprise, surprise) complete certain tasks. Finally, accent lighting is more for aesthetics, and so, might be to highlight a feature of the room you really like or to create a specific mood.

If you are looking to add to the existing ambient light in the room by illuminating it further, you might be wondering which type of floor lamp gives the most light. Ultimately, this is a tricky question, as it depends on a few variables, including the size, type and power of the bulb, and the shade of the lamp itself. We’ll chat styles a little more later, but a nice rule to help you through this process is the more surface area, the better. Lamps with a tube bulb, multiple bulbs, or even a vertical LED that spans the length of an end-to-end shade will naturally provide more light than one simple, small lightbulb.

If it’s more about task lighting or accent lighting, you’ll probably be more inclined to play with how much light is coming from the source. For instance, if you’re trying to add cosiness and light to a reading nook, you might prefer a warm glow rather than stark illumination. Think about your needs, and be sure to let them influence the type of floor lamp you select just as much as aesthetics do.

The tripod floor lamp: a modern, cool and super stable.
The tripod floor lamp: a modern, cool and super stable.

Types of floor lamps

The tripod floor lamp: a modern, cool and super stable.
The tripod floor lamp: a modern, cool and super stable.

Now, let’s start thinking about the fun stuff! Although the possibilities are practically endless, there are a few floor lamp styles that crop up pretty often, and as a result, stand out as potential options to consider.

Club floor lamp

Perhaps the most common and traditional style, a club floor lamp is stunning in its simplicity, and gives way to a huge variety of interpretations when it comes to colour and material. This style of lamp features a reinforced base with an elongated, straight stem, finishing with the bulb and shade, which is typically (but definitely not always) an empire or bell style. They distribute light evenly and thus are great to give some extra shine to your space. Something like the Lyra Floor Lamp adds a chic touch with an eye-catching gold leg and black marble base.


Arc floor lamp

The beautiful, striking style of an arc floor lamp is ideal for anyone trying to strike a balance between modern and timeless in their home. With a gracefully curving, arced stem – hence the name – this type of floor lamp has a shade at the end that’s often rounded and full. The result is a very elegant look that ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality, especially if you’ve got space to work with, or want to be able to direct your light source as needed, e.g. for reading. Our pick is the Leo Arc Floor Lamp, which comes in simple bright white, and creates a stunning yet subtle statement.


Tripod floor lamp

A tripod-style floor lamp emulates this well-known piece of equipment through its base, which is similarly reinforced and distributed with not one, but three legs. These legs then come together to form the stem of the floor lamp, ending in a gorgeous shade. Modern, cool and super stable, the tripod floor lamp is a practical and popular pick for any home, and looks especially great amongst contemporary or mid century stylings. Grab the Capra Tripod Floor Lamp to add a touch of glam and put this type of lamp to good use in your space – available in all black or all white, Capra is classically chic.


Tree floor lamp

Finally, the tree floor lamp brings an air of new luxe with multiple bulbs in a branch-like formation. Eccentric yet elegant, this style suits a number of interior aesthetics to suit almost any home. As tree lamps have more than one bulb, they provide a great source of light that’s distributed well in terms of height, making them perfect for brightening up the space overall or illuminating a specific part of your room. While tree lamps can be glam and glitzy or muted and natural, our favourite strikes a balance – with three directable bulbs and shades, the Hydra Floor Lamp will put a modern twist on any space.

A statement colour floor lamp will bring visual interest to any room.
A statement colour floor lamp will bring visual interest to any room.

Choosing the right colour

A statement colour floor lamp will bring visual interest to any room.
A statement colour floor lamp will bring visual interest to any room.

Once you’ve selected a style, it’s time to dig a little deeper and hone in on the piece that’ll strike the right balance in your space, and lighten, brighten and lift the mood. Colour is an important element to consider, as it could be the thing that ties your new floor lamp into your space, or conversely, makes it stand out in the wrong way.

Think of your floor lamp as an accent piece that derives its roots from your existing style. Select a colour that’s already in the space, but only in small doses, and splash it on your lamp to make it pop against your existing living room furniture. For the more conservative amongst us, that might be a brown, white or black floor lamp, whereas bold designers could opt for a bright statement colour like pink or electric blue. You might also like to opt for metals, marble and other visually interesting textures to give that specific part of the room some more dimension.

Showcasing your style

Finally, the last element to consider when sourcing your perfect floor lamp is style. The aesthetic that’s already present in your room of choice will dictate the type of floor lamp that ultimately wins pride of place. Although lamps are generally less flashy and detailed, and thus easier to make work in any space, there are still ways to translate your style choices into this new piece.

Our key tip is to think about the core elements of the design you’ve chosen – whether that’s modern, mid century, coastal, Scandi, the list goes on – and reflect them back in your floor lamp. For instance, if your living room has a beachy, coastal feel, a textured or woven lamp shade wouldn’t go astray. Source a rattan floor lamp and style it with other similarly neutral, laid-back, nature-inspired pieces to really cement the aesthetic you’re going for.

On the other hand, if your home is sleek, chic and modern, you’ll want to maintain this style when selecting lighting. A gold or brass floor lamp could liven up the space and add a pop of luxe without straying too far from the tenets of modern style. If you prefer to go all-neutral and achromatic, find something in beautiful, matte black and let it do all the talking. Whatever style you’ve carefully curated in your home, it’s not difficult to find the ideal floor lamp if you keep this guidance in mind.

Location location! Consider the best placement for your floor lamp.
Location location! Consider the best placement for your floor lamp.

Where to place your floor lamp

Location location! Consider the best placement for your floor lamp.
Location location! Consider the best placement for your floor lamp.

Once you’ve found the right piece for your space, all there’s left to do is set it up, and let it illuminate your space. But, where should you put your new floor lamp?

Ultimately, the answer to that question is totally up to you. If you’ve really considered why you need the lamp, and if it’s providing ambient, task or accent lighting, the placement should come quite naturally to you. However, if you’re feeling stuck, common places in the living room include behind the sofa, next to an armchair, or alongside the entertainment unit.

Ready to emblazon your home with a floor lamp that’s just as pretty as it is practical? Shop our range of home lighting today, and get free expert advice from the comfort of your own space with our virtual styling services. When you’re ready to purchase, you’ll access Australia-wide delivery with optional white glove service.