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The best living room floor lamps: brighten up your lounge

best floor lamps

Struggling to see the light at home? Then why not take a quick look at our roundup of the best floor lamps for your living room for some inspiration? There’s no better way to illuminate your lounge or main living area than with one of the freestanding beauties we’ve picked out in this list. They’re a great way to fill an empty space and add ambience to a room, as well as complement your existing décor with a number of different styles and designs on the market. 

Picking the best floor lamp for your home can be more technical than you might first think. Aside from how it looks, you’ll want to make sure the structure and height is suitable for the space in which it will live. If you are looking for a lamp to go in a smaller living space, then upright living room lamps are your go-to lighting choice, preferably one with an adjustable head as this will make it easier for you to direct the light exactly where you need it without requiring extra space. If you have more room to play with, large arched floor lamps that extend over your seating area or sofas can make for a pretty bold design statement, copper arched floor lamps are a particularly popular choice right now, such as the Bow Large Floor Lamp that features in our list below, but be warned, you will need a large living room space to accommodate this type of lamp. 

Almost as important as the choice of lamp, is the choice of bulb that you put in it. A general rule of thumb for bulb choice in a living room space with large amounts of natural light is a soft white hue bulb of around 80 watts. If your lounge suffers from a lack of natural light you may want to up this to 100 watts, keeping the soft white hue if you want to create a delicate warm atmosphere. Bright white bulbs tend to be a no-no in living rooms, mainly because of the uninviting harshness that it gives off, particularly in the evenings.

We’ve rounded up our pick of some of the most stylish living floor lamps to help your journey to an inviting living space.

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John Lewis Trent Floor Lamp, Satin Nickel

1. John Lewis Trent Floor Lamp

A classic standing “Pixar” lamp with adjustable neck

Best for: Reading
Bulb type: 28W ES
Frame: Plated steel, nickel
Dimensions: HWD 155x24x82cm
Reasons to buy
+Adjustable+Modern looking
Reasons to avoid
-White light not very warm

This Scandinavian inspired modern floor lamp would look great in a home office or lounge as a reading lamp. It’s adjustable, making it versatile and allowing you to direct light at a particular spot and you can adjust the height depending on how you wish to use it. It’s a plain and simple design which means it would fit in with any and all interiors and is slim and minimal so it won’t make smaller spaces look cluttered. The light isn’t as warm and cosy as some other lamps, but we love the modern edge to this lamp and owners find it a stylish lamp that doesn’t go out of style over the years.

Alfred Tripod Floor Lamp, White

2. Alfred Tripod Floor Lamp

A cinematic-style that is quirky and bright

Best for: Statement piece
Bulb type: E27 40W
Frame: Metal, Beech
Dimensions: HWD 165x75x24cm
Reasons to buy
+Unique design+Dimmer
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit all décors

If you’re after something a bit different, this cinematic-style living room floor lamp will bring the magic of Hollywood to your home. This stunning statement piece would look good in artsy or minimalist homes as a way of creating ambience in a room. The tripod shaped legs mean it doesn’t take up too much space, and the shuttered shade allows for a nice soft glow to be projected into the room. It is fully adjustable in height and has a dimmer switch so you can create the mood lighting you want for the occasion, and users love its luxe finish and how high-end this floor lamp looks when it’s both on and off.

Bow Large Floor Lamp, Copper and White Marble

3. Bow Large Floor Lamp

Beautiful copper frame; beautiful warm lighting

Best for: Open plan room
Bulb type: E27 40W
Frame: Brass plated metal, Marble stand
Dimensions: HWD 196x150x38cm
Reasons to buy
+Statement arch shape+Trendy copper finish
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large

Copper is bang on trend right now, and this is the best living room floor lamp for large spaces. It features a sleek arch which allows the shade to hang low and provide warm, ambient lighting. The arch makes this lamp quite large, so it’s better for open plan spaces where it’s not as likely to get in the way. The marble stand is both beautiful and sturdy, and the frame can be adjusted to suit your lighting needs. If you’re looking for a statement piece to define your living room, this copper lamp is the perfect combination of form and function.

dexter floor lamp

4. Dexter Floor Lamp

Add a fresh, warm glow to your living space

Best for: Elegant finish
Bulb type: G9 20W
Frame: Brass
Dimensions: HWD 150x23x23cm
Reasons to buy
+Bright bulbs+Minimalist frame
Reasons to avoid
-Bulbs not included

If you don’t want something that’s going to take over the entire room, this Dexter living room floor lamp will add a fresh touch to any home without being too overbearing. The soft, round bulbs add a touch of elegance and class to your living space and the minimalist frame is sturdy but only has a small footprint, making it perfect for fitting into those little corners of the room. Users love the final look of this floor lamp, but take note that the bulbs are sold separately.

senk floor lamp

5. Senk Floor Lamp, Brass

A striking lamp with scattered bulbs for a layered effect

Best for: Art deco lovers
Bulb type: E14 25W
Frame: Brass plated steel, marble base
Dimensions: HWD 221x113cm
Reasons to buy
+Layered bulb effect+Fully adjustable
Reasons to avoid
-A little wobbly

If you liked the look of the bow lamp but think it’s a bit too large for your space, this Senk floor lamp is not as arched, but features lots of little bulbs that gently curve round to create a stunning piece of art deco furniture. As much a piece of art as it is a source of light, this living room floor lamp is fully adjustable so you can direct each individual light in the direction you want it. You may notice some wobbling during adjustment, but it’s supported well by a strong marble base which will stop the lamp from toppling over.

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