Choosing the most suitable floor lamp for your interior is a real science. This lighting device is designed to bring additional comfort and harmony to the room. Today the choice of all kinds of floor lamps with a variety of lampshades is so great that it is very difficult to give preference to a particular model. In order not to succumb to the temptation to buy a beautiful but useless item, it is necessary to accurately determine its main function, style of performance and size. We understand what types of floor lamps there are, what a lampshade for a floor lamp can be, and what is important to consider when choosing a floor lamp.
1. The concept of “floor lamp” and the benefits of its use
This is a floor lamp on a small base with a high leg that ends with a shade. Lampshades come in cylindrical, conical, spherical or irregular shapes and can be made from a variety of materials. The leg can be of different heights and diameters. The whole set of floor lamps, regardless of the material of manufacture, can be divided into two large groups:
The decorative floor lamp is designed to create dim illumination, has a low luminous flux, which creates a pleasant atmosphere that sets you up for relaxation. Very often lampshades and legs of such floor lamps have original shapes in the form of flowers, torches, street lamps.
A functional floor lamp provides high-quality, full-fledged lighting for almost the entire room. Such fixtures are sometimes used in place of an overhead light source. With enough power, they can easily provide the required level of lighting in the workplace. Often they have the ability to adjust the angle of inclination and rotation of the shade and a telescopic, inclined leg.
The advantages of this lighting fixture over other types of fixtures are obvious:
- They do not need any kind of installation. The purchased model is already ready for use, it remains to come up with a place for it and provide an outlet.
- At any time you can change its location or even remove it due to its mobility.
- With the floor-standing installation, you don’t need to take up extra space on your coffee table or buy a special cabinet to place it, and you don’t risk scratching the polished or glass surfaces.
- It is the floor lamps that create a unique atmosphere of comfort in your home and decorate the overall interior with their appearance.
2. Types of floor lamps
Depending on the shape and material from which the shade is made, there are several options for the possible luminous flux:
It is better to choose a floor lamp depending on the desired lighting effect and the functionality of the device. An adjustable floor lamp with directional light output is a great option for organizing your reading space. And you can highlight your favorite painting or collection of figurines by reflecting light from the wall, slightly below or above the wall shelf.
3. The style of the floor lamp
A stylish and beautiful floor lamp will always look appropriate in any interior. Choose a model that suits your room and be sure to take into account the style. After all, not all materials and colors of the lampshade are capable of complementing rather than spoiling the situation.
- Art Deco floor lamps will harmonize well with classic interiors. Lampshades of such lamps have a shape expanding to the top or a trapezoid shape. They have a high leg and look very solid and elegant.
Hi-tech or modern involves the use of curved lines. In such a room, tall lamps on an arched metal leg, which are called arched, will look good. The color range of their shades is limited to white, gray or black, and only occasionally there are bright models that serve to create an accent. The material for the manufacture is glass, sometimes frosted, less often – plastic. The shape can be spherical or cylindrical.
A glamorous interior presupposes the presence of a chic glass or crystal lamp, expensive high-quality fabric with rhinestones or metal plates. The most interesting thing is that the color scheme assumes dark shades, most often it is black, sometimes silver. Such an item will be the center of attention of all guests.
The classic style requires the use of solid materials and strict forms. Therefore, a floor lamp on a high brass stand and a conical fabric shade will be appropriate here. Embroidery, beading or fringe trim is welcome.
It so happens that the room does not have a clearly expressed stylistic feature. In this case, give preference to a lamp with a classic lampshade shape and neutral colors and you will not go wrong. This is the best option that will complement any room.
4. Accommodation options depending on the room
Each room has either a seating area or a work area or other functional space that definitely needs lighting. It is necessary not only to install a floor lamp next to this zone, but also to choose its correct placement in relation to a person so that the light does not blind the eyes or the seated person does not create a shadow for himself.
- In the living room, it is rational to install a lamp with directional light to organize a reading space. It should be located slightly behind and to the side of the seated person. To organize a TV area or an area for receiving guests, it is better to give preference to lamps with diffused light, creating a calm atmosphere. In general, in the living room, a floor lamp can be located anywhere, the main thing is that it does not block the view and does not pile up the space. The lamp fits perfectly into an empty corner, and a pair of identical models can be placed on either side of a bookcase or sofa.
- In the bedroom, floor lamps serve as a bedside lamp. Place a small bedside table on one side of the bed and a medium-sized lamp on the other. Its power is enough to illuminate the entire room. You can read your favorite book and watch your favorite show, and you will not need to use overhead lighting.
In the children’s room, a dim, calm light source is simply necessary, especially when the child is still very young and wakes up at night. In order not to scare him, get a small floor lamp with diffused light. It is advisable to choose a lampshade made of unbreakable materials. If the child is older, you can buy a lamp in the form of cartoon characters, a flower, the sun, or just neutral tones.
- In the dining room, arched lamps look very cool, aimed at illuminating the dining area. The color scheme should include warm shades such as peach, muted pink or orange.
A tandem of several identical lighting fixtures looks very advantageous. Arranged symmetrically and at the same level, they will create a sense of order in your room. And if you supplement them with wall lamps and a chandelier from the same collection, then you will have a unique light composition. It is very easy to find such rulers in any specialized or online store. If you want to increase the amount of light in the room and visually highlight the floor lamp, you should install it in front of a large floor or wall mirror.
5. Optimal lamp shade material for a floor lamp
Shades of neutral tones – white, gray, beige are considered to be universal. But many people consider such things rather boring and, on the contrary, want to accentuate with the help of color. This method is worth resorting to only if you are well versed in color matching. If not, then choose a color tied to the overall color scheme of the interior or its individual parts, but one or three shades lighter or darker. For example, the color of curtains, bedspreads, pillows. The choice of material must also be justified. A fringed textile lamp is unlikely to look suitable in a loft-style room.
The glass shade will suit almost all interior styles. Glass can be both transparent and frosted, stained glass, tinted. Such a lampshade, passing light through itself, makes it softer. The only drawback is its fragility. It is worth to pay tribute to the crystal shades, which perfectly complement the crystal chandelier.
Metal is used for shades of directional light flux. It is a cold and durable material that will perfectly complement the loft, modern and high-tech style. Such shades can be chrome-plated, covered with matte powder paint or be painted with various patterns.
The textiles are ideal for classic style and provide romantic, diffused light. Most suitable for placement in the bedroom and living room. A wide variety of colors and textures of fabric will allow you to choose the perfect lamp for any interior.
Paper is less strong and durable than textiles, although it has similar properties. The rice paper used for the shades mimics Chinese lanterns and comes in a wide variety of shapes.
Plastic, although it is one of the budget options, can look very stylish and interesting. A floor lamp for a plastic lampshade is distinguished by its durability, a variety of colors and is mainly used for lamps with a directed luminous flux, since plastic is very poor at transmitting light.
The tree will greatly emphasize the naturalness of eco-style and ethnic styles. Such lampshades are quite rare and are mostly made to order. Why they have a very high cost. But they can be considered a real work of art.
Remember that you can always make a lampshade for a floor lamp and a chandelier with your own hands, so that it matches the style and design idea as much as possible.
6. Additional functions
Modern manufacturers do not stop only at achieving an attractive appearance of floor lamps by releasing original models. They try to provide the model with the most convenient functionality.
The dimmer is the simplest, but certainly the most convenient and necessary function. With a small mechanism, you can maximize the brightness or create an intimate setting by dimming it to a minimum. Thus, with just one luminaire, the decor in the room can change depending on the needs.
The grandfather clock, in the form of which the main part of the leg is made, not only frees you from the need to specially allocate free space on the wall for the clock, but also fits well with a classic interior. Especially if they are made of wood with carved elements.
A floor lamp with a shelf, located near the bed, will perfectly replace the bedside table. There are models with several shelves, on which you can conveniently place your favorite book, remote control, glasses and other small items.
A coffee table, on one of the corners of which a floor lamp is located, will be irreplaceable next to the armchair in which you like to read or drink coffee. There is probably no need to talk about its convenience.
A control panel built into the leg saves you the hassle of getting out of bed in order to turn the lamp on or off. It is also a very convenient and necessary function.
Of course, models equipped with such amenities are more expensive, but this is a very controversial issue. After all, buying a separate table and a floor lamp is often more expensive than a combined item.
7. Tips for choosing
There are a number of technical characteristics that you should pay special attention to when choosing a floor lamp.
The size of the plafond. To make the lamp look harmonious, the diameter of its lampshade should be a couple of centimeters less than the length of the leg. This only applies to models with short stands.
The height of the leg is not particularly regulated. It is advised to choose depending on the area of the room. For rooms with low ceilings, it is not recommended to purchase high floor lamps. It is better to give preference to compact models of medium height and neutral shades. Tall rooms will perfectly complement lamps with a height of 2.5 meters.
The choice of power depends on the purpose of the luminaire. The most optimal atmosphere in the room is created by lamps with a power of 40-100 watts. They use both traditional incandescent lamps and more economical and durable LED lamps.
Knowing these simple recommendations, you will definitely choose your ideal lamp, which will not only create a unique atmosphere, but also perfectly fit into the overall interior of the room.