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20 Floor Lamps to Brighten Your Day

Graphic: Chelsea Stone

You might not need a floor lamp, especially if your rooms have overhead light, but they do make spaces so much better. The warmer, lower light feels more inviting, and it gives you more control over how bright your space is. A good floor lamp can also help a space feel more intentional; for instance, adding a lamp to a corner makes it feel like a dedicated reading nook instead of just a way to fill your living room. Floor lamps are also a space-saving alternative to table lamps, especially on nightstands and other household surfaces.

Here are 20 lamps, ranging from smaller options perfect for tinier living rooms to large, statement-making pieces sure to make an impression.

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With a 60-watt bulb (or equivalent LED), you can get bright light for working or reading with this lamp. Get a 40-watt equivalent bulb for warmer, diffuse light.

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White and light wood—two clean, contemporary colors—help a basic lamp style feel not so basic after all.

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No need to worry about buying a trendy Edison-style lightbulb to go with this lamp. It comes with an LED one that will last for years.

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Finding a design-forward lamp under $100 can be difficult; finding one under $40 feels like a real triumph.

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Hanging lamps often fit well behind furniture, but you’ll want this one where you can see it. The marble base adds a bit of unexpected glam.

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A black base also pairs well with a white shade.

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Classic and unfussy, this will go with nearly any decor.

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Globe lamps are another small space-friendly style that works well near a bed or couch.

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Take the globe lamp trend up a notch with an oversized top and brass accents.

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Globe lamps are a midcentury classic. The brass finish on this one adds warmth to a room, even when the lamp is off.

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Each light can be turned off and on independently on a tree lamp, giving you even more control of your room’s lighting.

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Sputnik chandeliers have made a real comeback, but if you can’t (or just don’t want) to install one, this floor lamp is a great alternative.

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Tripod floor lamps are perfect for corners that feel a bit too empty. If you’re arranging seating, a chair or loveseat can be placed at an angle facing into the room with the lamp behind it to make a room feel complete.

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This tripod lamp is one you won’t want to tuck behind furniture. The included shelves are more for show than daily use, but you can have fun placing a few favorite small books, knickknacks, or plants there.

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Arched lamps take up little floor space but make a big impact. While you typically see them placed by couches, they can also be put by a bed for a reading light that doesn’t require a side table.

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Black accents, like this floor lamp, help keep a room grounded.

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This lamp takes “minimalism” to the next level with a sleek design that manages to be both elegant and futuristic.

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So many floor lamp trends today borrow from midcentury modern. This lamp from Safavieh, however, has more of an Indochine vibe.

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A matching table lamp is also available, allowing you to create a coordinating lighting look that doesn’t feel too matchy-matchy.

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Small footprint this is not, but the trade-off is well worth it. The base of this lamp is a side table that is sculptural in its design. Put it right by the arm of a chair or couch as a place to set down drinks or display coffee-table books.

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Marshall Bright

Marshall Bright is a freelance writer in Nashville, TN.