A basic principle of good design is that form follows function. Out of all the furniture and decor objects in your home, perhaps no one item adheres to this principle better than a floor lamp. Floor lamps instantly brighten your space (function first!) while adding visual interest and a healthy dose of style (great form!). There are so many options nowadays for floor lamps, ranging from a variety of sizes to interesting extras like an extendable arm, adjustable head or base, a swivel mount, built-in dimmers and even built-in USBs for charging devices. And some floor lamps are so beautiful, they even double as works of art.
Such stunning, functional pieces often come with a high price tag — but there are plenty of high-quality, affordable options. Any of the floor lamp recommendations under $300 below would be a wonderful addition to living and bedroom spaces.
This lamp’s simple and versatile design pairs well with coastal, cali-cool and transitional styles.
This lamp is a statement piece with a striking design and smoked glass shades that provide soft, subtle mood lighting. It would work well with modern, minimal or glam design aesthetics.
With an extending arch that’s more than six feet high, this CB2 statement lamp is a practical option for both small and large rooms. We love that it also has full dimmer capacity and that it’s available in two finishes, making it a great option for any design style.
Another CB2 pick! With its mixture of materials, this light’s super trendy design is sure to make a statement. We love its marble base, which would pair best with a more modern design.
With a super versatile, sleek design and a compact size, this lamp is your new favorite reading light. We love its swivel base and head, and that it has full dimmer capability for only $60. It would pair well with any design style.
There are so many ways to incorporate a floor lamp into your space. One of my go-to styling tricks is to play up the functionality of the floor lamp and create a reading nook. Simply add a floor lamp next to any chair, add a side table, and stack up a couple of favorite books or magazines.
If you opt for styles like the Ashton or Raw Marble lamps above, let them shine! Use them in place of small decor or art to make a statement.
Tuck smart pieces like CB2’s Big Dipper or the IKEA Ypperlig style beside the sofa, over the arm of a chair, above your desk or work space, or even tucked behind your headboard or nightstand in place of sconces — it’s an especially great trick if you’re renting and can’t install traditional sconces.
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