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If you’re looking for a way to add interest, drama and some extra wattage to light up your spaces this winter, consider an industrial
or retro style floor lamp. Just one beautiful floor lamp can be the focal point you need really light up a room – in more ways than one! Let’s investigate how floor lamps in timeless retro and industrial styles are being reimagined. They’re streamlined, they’re stylish, and they’re always chic.
But first, The Rules
Designers often describe lighting as the jewellery of the room. Good lighting makes you and your rooms look good. But without lighting, you can’t even see a room! So it really is so much more than a decorative accessory or afterthought in your décor story. As ever, the key to successful lighting is to layer up. Generally a room should have two, but ideally three, sources of lighting
. Overhead lighting alone is not enough to do the job. Enter, the floor lamp. These unsung heroes of the lighting world are super adaptable and can be used equally well as task lights or to create a natural, ambient feel.
Industrial and Retro Style
There has been an emergence of both retro and industrial styles in recent times. As ephemeral as trends can be, these two have more than proven they deserve a permanent place in our interior loving hearts. Industrial style is noted for being both simultaneously organic and engineered, bold and refined, masculine and feminine, and has definitely moved out of converted warehouses and into homes everywhere. Retro style, on the other hand, generally refers to an aesthetic that can be seen in furniture produced from the 1950s to the 1980s. Think more vintage, less antique. What does the return of these styles mean for lighting? A whole lot of style!
Where to shine your light
Floor lamps are great because they provide task or mood lighting in a living room and they don’t take up too much room. Positioned in a corner, a floor lamp can reach over your sofa to create the feel of a separate zone of its own. A floor lamp is an especially helpful addition in small spaces with low ceilings, where low furniture can be paired with a tall floor lamp to emphasise height. A floor lamp is also a must if you love to curl up with a good book, as they provide great directional task lighting.
The Wow Factor
We know floor lamps are great for bringing the light, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look fabulous while doing it. The elegant form of an arc floor lamp is always going to up your lighting game. They just have an ‘it’ factor that is a classic in any setting. If you want to create a dramatic design statement (and who doesn’t?!) a pair of retro style floor lamps
at each end of a sofa gives you symmetry and all the luxe feels. There really is no end to the styling possibilities when you have a floor lamp (or two!) to light up winter.