Multiple light sources can create a homely atmosphere that you just can’t achieve with only overhead lighting. But where a table lamp can be easy to place – sideboard, piano, console table – a standalone floor lamp demands its own space.
The trick is to find the perfect position for your lamp that doesn’t interrupt the flow of traffic but which doesn’t see it cramped into a corner, either. Ideally, you want the whole floor lamp on show, from shade to base, so do measure up before you commit.
A traditional standard lamp offers a single light source and, depending on the shade and type of bulb you plump for, a cosy glow. There are, however, numerous styles that will give you directional – and sometimes adjustable – accent lighting.
Think large, overreach floor lamps, designs with multiple light fittings (otherwise known as tree lamps), or task styles, which are essentially oversized desk lamps that can be positioned to suit your illumination needs.
While our round-up includes a variety of floor lamps diverse in style and price points, each one brought personality, quality of craftsmanship and bang for your buck.
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BHS coral tripod floor lamp, brass
Mixing glamorous metallics with a cool, retro aesthetic is this statement floor lamp from BHS. Its trio of slender metal legs, finished in a bright brass hue, awards it a lightness of form, while the oval-shaped white cotton shade recalls a hovering UFO as it gently diffuses the light, emitting a soft and warming glow.
It looks great in any living space, but lends itself perfectly to a peaceful bedroom. And, as with much of the brand’s online lighting range, this is a design-led piece that belies its affordable price tag.
Ridotti light natural raffia and burnished brass floor lamp
Lights and Lamps is another surprisingly affordable lighting destination, with the brand’s pendants and lamps offering something a little different from the usual high street offering. The Ridotti floor lamp is a beauty in its chic, tilted, hat-like form. It’s crafted from layers of handwoven raffia with a centred glass globe that gives a soft, diffused up-light.
The disc-shaped shade is supported by a burnished brass stem with tripod feet, making it feel reassuringly sturdy. We loved the Ridotti for the glamorous ray of sunshine it brings. It is also, however, available in fashionable black.
B&Q shelved matt black floor lamp
We do love a piece of furniture with dual functionality, and this deftly designed number marries lighting with nifty shelf storage. Once illuminated, the black fabric drum shade really glows. It’s worth noting that you’ll get a different hue with either a warm or white bulb.
The black steel tripod base supports two sturdy shelves, which we found ideal for housing our current reads and those specs we’re always losing, alongside a trailing house plant to really bring the piece to life. Stylish, contemporary, practical and affordable.
Made briz textured glass floor lamp
Seventies-style ribbed glass is currently enjoying a renaissance and, true to form, Made has embraced the trend. This vintage-inspired floor lamp is a lesson in understated elegance. We loved the dusky pink hue of the textured glass shade, which turns even more pretty once illuminated: not only does it glow, it casts an attractive pattern on the wall.
The briz’s slimline metal stem and base boasts an antique brass finish, further adding to the look. This is a great choice if you’re short on floor space, as it takes up just 26cm of it.
Pooky swing articulated standing lamp, bronze
One for traditionalists, Pooky’s offering is a fuss-free but elegant number in brass that has a simple heavy base, slimline antique brass tubing, and a sweet candlestick feature at the top. The standing lamp can be purchased on its own but the brand offers a wealth of perfectly suited – and relatively affordable – shades to finish the look. See your chosen shade in-situ on the website.
The two joints mean it can be adjusted to light up our favourite reading spot. We love Pooky’s attention to detail: even the olive-coloured braided flex is chic.
Habitat Euan black/yellow metal and marble overreach floor lamp
An overreach floor lamp can create a cosy, zoned area in a larger living room set up, giving you overhead illumination without flooding the entire space with light – the design is perfect for covering a sprawling, family-friendly L-shaped sofa, for example.
This two-toned number from Habitat is a modern beauty with its contrast in colour and materials and its smart, retro shaping. The Euan’s heavy marble base ensures it stays firmly rooted while its bright yellow metal stem and shade bring a fresh, sunshiney feel.
Rockett St George vintage-style palm tree floor lamp
If you’re after a floor lamp that brings sculptural interest to your living space, along with a dose of unapologetic glamour, Rockett St George’s gilded offering more than delivers. At 160cm tall and crafted from iron, it’s small but mighty.
From its crown of corrugated palm leaves down to its sturdy circular base, there’s a lot going on – this is undoubtedly a lamp for maximalists. With its four fittings, you can afford to go low on wattage. Not only will you light up the room, but the multiple surfaces of the piece itself.
Florence Broadhurst bingle floor lamp
Quirky and retro, Florence Broadhurst’s bingle recalls an oversized table lamp and we loved its playful aesthetic. It comes in a choice of colourways, each one matching its thick glass base with a vibrant, patterned shade.
The shade is handcrafted from buckram paper, while the bottle-like base is made from recycled glass, bringing quality craftsmanship with an eco-friendly edge. In “green floral spot", this late Sixties/early-Seventies-inspired number proved a showstopper in our mid-century style lounge.
Original BTC task overreach floor light, olive green
Our priciest pick is one for dedicated design lovers who’ll know this brand for its homely take on industrial chic. Unlike most overreach styles, this floor lamp features an adjustable boom arm, which allows us to position the light source exactly where it’s needed.
Made from a top-notch aluminium with a powder-coated spun shade in a cool olive green, the quality of its craftsmanship is palpable. A simple and stylish statement piece.
The verdict: Floor lamps
BHS’s coral tripod floor lamp won us over for its cool retro shaping, glamorous metallics and overall ethereal quality. It’s a design-led floor lamp with immediate wow factor – and an affordable one at that.
We also loved Lights and Lamps’ ridotti for its unique design and use of natural materials.
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