Lighting doesn't always come easy in a living room. Sometimes natural rays don't stick around for the whole day, or they never completely shine through the entire space. And at night, it's common for certain corners to remain in perpetual darkness. But finding options to illuminate this area poses its own difficulties, too. The height, shape, and color of floor lamps can either be the unifying touch or the undoing object of a decor scheme, since this particular purchase must complement the furnishings and accessories all on its own. Thankfully, this list simplifies the task with 12 items that can work behind a sofa, in a reading nook, or on a corner table. Whether you keep it simple with an inexpensive lamp or splurge on a designer piece, these picks will solve this style dilemma with choices that will create a warm ambiance and a cohesive aesthetic.
Cupcakes and Cashmere Stacked Ball Floor Lamp
Step up your lighting game with this stacked ball floor lamp from the Cupcakes and Cashmere line at Lulu & Georgia ( $185 ). The white and gold color combination will go with any room's decor, which means it'll be the brightest decision you make this year.
Dwell Studio Cone Task Floor Lamp
This sleek cone lamp from Dwell Studio ( $699 ) is just what you need to take your pad from "young and hungry" to "grown and sophisticated." Keep it next to a side chair with similar clean lines.
Lamps Plus Aged Brass 3-Light Floor Lamp
Now you can illuminate your living room without breaking the bank thanks to this brass 3-light floor lamp from Lamps Plus ( $49.95 ). This beauty is also available in silver, so you're guaranteed to get exactly what you want.
All Modern Casey Arched Floor Lamp
This bare-bones floor lamp from All Modern ( $139.99 ) will make your small living room feel open and airy since there's no bulky lamp shade competing for attention with your other pieces.
CB2 Tres Floor Lamp
The classic tripod shape of this tres floor lamp from CB2 ( $249 ) gets a modern update with a band of gold around the top and a wide white linen shade. This one will never go out of style.
Y Living Twiggy Floor Lamp
Add a pop of color to your decor without compromising on a minimal aesthetic. While this twiggy floor lamp from Y Living ( $2,433 ) is a definite splurge item, it'll quickly become the main focal point of your living room.
Nordstrom Open Caged Metal Floor Lamp
If your living room furniture feels like it's full of curved lines, this geometric metal floor lamp from Nordstrom ( $299.99 ) is a chic solution to help balance things out.
Well Appointed House Clear Glass Orbs Floor Lamp
This clear glass orb lamp from Well Appointed House ( $1,440 ) will brighten up a dreary corner of your living room that isn't blessed by constant beams of natural light. Bonus? You can leave it on its own — this is an item that doesn't need an entourage.
Target Metal Floor Lamp
Put this metal floor lamp from Target ( $437.80 )alongside your favorite place to curl up with a novel, since the cone-shaped shade is perfect for creating a focused beam of light.
School House Electric & Supply Co. Studio Floor Lamp
This mustard yellow studio floor lamp from School House Electric & Supply Co. ( $299 ) will fit your needs now and in the future. The adjustable height and angle means you can move it around your house over time, like from the living room to a child's bedroom.
Rejuvenation Stem Floor Lamp
Inspired by the curve of drooping a flower, this stem floor lamp from Rejuvenation ( $349 ) can balance out a long sectional with its mid-level height and two-tone finish.
Neiman Marcus Arteriors Angled Floor Lamp
From the foot activated switch to the simple cotton shade, this angled floor lamp from Neiman Marcus ( $2,275 ) is the epitome of cool. Place it next to a side chair with likeminded bright colors for the perfect reading corner.