We've picked 10 of the best floor lamps, from striking contemporary designs to more traditional shapes, and from the super playful giant Anglepoise to more understated corner lamps. In our edit of the best floor lamps, there's bound to be one to suit your living room scheme!
The best floor lamps
A gargantuan version of the quintessential desk lamp, this Giant Floor Lamp gives the iconic Original 1227 a grand makeover. Using the same constant spring technology and instantly recognisable silhouette, this giant version of George Cawardine's famous Anglepoise lamp is based on the original 1934 design.
Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen in 1960, the AJ lamp is still as chic now as it was then.
Originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the AJ floor lamp works well with antique and modern furniture due to its simple design.
With a distinct shape and wide array of colour options, the AJ floor lamp is ideal for contemporary interiors.
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A Habitat classic, the Bobby floor lamp in black powder coated metal has a modern, minimalist frame which features a double jointed stem and adjustable head to allow light to be directed where required.
The lamp can be used to light up a dark corner in the room or as a reading light by the sofa, and it will suit just about any interior – whether Scandi-inspired, industrial, rustic, modern, and even country style interiors.
It's an absolute steal for just £65.
Highlight your interior with Le Corbusier’s Parliament Floor Lamp, originally designed in 1963 for the Chandigarh Parliament and now manufactured by Nemo.
What we love most about this design – aside from the fab choice of colours of course – is the fact that it can light both up and down at the same time, and you can choose which way round you would like the lights to point. Point the large light source upwards for dramatic effect, point it to the floor to better illuminate a dark corner, or point it at your desk.
Plus, both lights are dimmable. It's a stunning and very clever design.
The perfect contemporary statement for your home, the striking Opal Arc Floor Lamp by designer Tom Dixon features a conical base with a large arm that seemingly balances, playing with the idea of weight and size.
Crafted from semi-translucent, blow-moulded opalescent polycarbonate, steel and carbon fibre, the floor lamp’s robust construction is hard-wearing for stress-free everyday use.
The striking design even makes an impact when it's switched off in the day time, but is particularly stunning when illuminated in the evenings. It emits it emits a soft and diffused glow from its innovative LED disc light.
This arc floor lamp has a refreshingly classic, refined and graceful look, owed in part to its linen shade and traditional shade shape, and in part to the warm, atmospheric light it casts. Buy it here.
This exclusive design for Heal's is compact to fit in most living rooms, and has an adjustable arm, allowing the user to direct the light perfectly over a sofa, or armchair when reading, or left to illuminate a room when at full height.
We love the matte finish of the floor lamp's shade – which beautifully contrasts with the brass stem.
This vintage-style, rustic-inspired design is ideal for illuminating small corners, whether in the snug, conservatory or other. It would suit both rustic, country style interiors as modern, industrial inspired interiors. The light is quite bright – useful for reading, or task lighting for craft projects, but not ideal for creating a relaxed glow.
This super compact and minimalist design is perfect for squeezing into small, city apartments or student accommodation as it perfectly hugs a corner, without encroaching into the floor space.
This floor lamp is the ultimate shape shifter. You might well find yourself fiddling about with this lovely floor lamp more than is strictly necessary, as you play with the angles to find your favourite shape du jour! It's a really elegant way to combine the beauty of a marble and brass floor lamp with the functionality of a good reading lamp. Echoes of a grand age!
How to choose a floor lamp
Not sure what type of lamp you should go for? Follow these easy tips to make the choice easier.
Probably the most important consideration is the size of floor lamp you need. Huge, statement pieces like arc floor lamps look their best in larger spaces and can look quite odd in a smaller lounge. If you have a small space, consider getting several smaller floor lamps and dot them around the corner of the room; they don’t need to all match. Mixing and matching floor lamps with table lamps will make your lounge look more relaxed, while just floor lamps will give the room a more formal look.
Most floor lamps are made from a combination of a metal base and a fabric shade. We recommend choosing a floor lamp that has a true fabric shade, whether it’s cotton or polyester. Avoid plastic shades as they can look cheap. To give your lounge a contemporary or industrial look, opt for an all-metal floor lamp.