Why We Love Tall Floor Lamps
Tall floor lamps are for more than just providing reading light. They add depth and interest to a room. They help balance overhead lighting and provide a soft illumination that can highlight different parts of a room. While such lamps come in a variety of shapes and design styles, we particularly like modern floor lamps for their sleek, angular lines and their unique shades, especially the bubble shades. Every room deserves one or more tall standing floor lamps.
Where Tall Floor Lamps Work Best
The great thing about tall floor lamps is that they work in most any room. Many tall standing floor lamps, such as arc floor lamps, can give you that extra light you need by your reading chair in your living or family room. Reading floor lamps can also stand by the bed for a little soft lighting that can be turned off without getting out from under the covers. And, they can be combined to create dramatic living room lighting in a larger room. These modern floor lamps are extremely versatile and can coordinate well with equally stylish table lamps too.
Tall Floor Lamp Ideas for Every Style
While there are scores of lighting manufacturers that sell modern tall floor lamps, there are a few companies whose products that stand out from the crowd. These include Nelson Bubble Lamps with their space saucer-shaped shades, Pablo Designs with their stork-like stands and acrylic shades, and Visual Comfort for their tall standing floor lamps that successfully combine elements of both traditional and modern design. Also exciting are the contemporary-transitional lamps by Arteriors, particularly their three-light torchiere lamps. Finally, check out Bover Lighting for a diverse selection of modern lamp designs.
How to Choose the Best Tall Floor Lamp
Getting the proportions right is essential to choosing the right tall floor lamps. To get the lamp that looks perfect in your room, you first need to consider its purpose. If you want tall standing floor lamps to function as a reading light, you don't want them to be too tall. You at least want them to be adjustable down to reading height. The ideal height for a reading lamp is around 60 inches from the floor. You'll also want to take into consideration the height of your ceiling. If you have a low ceiling, an extremely tall standing floor lamp can look out of proportion. Conversely, if you have high ceilings, you'll want a floor lamp that helps to fill that space. You'll also want your lamp to match your decor. There is a broad range of modern floor lamps, ranging from those with space-age shades to tall, sleek classic lamps. Not every style will go with your existing decor.
The final thing you need to consider when purchasing tall floor lamps is the shade, if applicable. First, the shades you pick for your modern floor lamps need to match the lamps' style and lines. If your lamp is tall and angular, your shade needs to have straight sides. If tall standing floor lamps flare out, as tripod lamps do, you'll want to choose a flared shade. Most shades are white or other neutral shades, but you can use your shade to add a dramatic spot of color to a minimalist design.