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A guide to buying a standing lamp

Incorporating a standing lamp into a space can be both stylish and practical. A floor lamp is a statement piece, and it can be seen more as a piece of furniture or sculpture than a simple light. From simple elegant pieces to large masculine lights, there are many options available when buying a standing lamp. This article provides a guide to buying a standing lamp.

Positioning your lamp

Floor lamps can be used in a multitude of ways. Placed in a dead corner, they can bring light and interest to the space. They can be used to create reading nooks or focus points in a room.

Standing lamps

These lights come in a variety of styles and are widely available. A simple upright lamp will have a base and shade, and can be as ornate or simple as you want it to be. A contemporary floor lamp, that is proving to be quite popular, is an arched lamp made of a single chromed tube that rises from its base, which dramatically arches over, with the light source suspended from its end. Floor lamps with an adjustable base are more quirky and come in a variety of aesthetics, from slick chrome to industrial. These lamps give you some form of flexibility as you can adjust and position the light in any way you wish. Place your floor lamp next to an arm chair in order to create a comfortable spot for reading.

Low level lamps

Modern floor lamps take an interesting turn with low level light. These come in all shapes and sizes, some organic and stone-like, others rigid and linear. Look through Habitat shops for inspiration. They carry a few floor lamps that double as stools. Litecraft.co.uk carries pebble and ball-shaped LED lights that have a concealed rechargeable battery, providing the freedom to position them wherever you choose.

Themed lamps

Use a floor lamp as a focal point. Choose a style such as a large-lamped photographic tripod or spotlight in order to add a studio or nautical feel to a room. These lights need a bit of space, and command a fair bit of attention. Tube lights (also referred to as sabre lights) can add a high tech sci-fi element to a room.

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