Peruse our guide to the best floor lamps for your home, whether to illuminate your living room or add some style to a home office. Perhaps your new floor lamp will fill an otherwise empty corner of a hallway? Not just for setting the mood and adding ambience, floor lamps are also a design statement – especially these ones we've highlighted in our shopping edit below.
There's bound to be a floor lamp to suit your home decor scheme as we've featured a myriad of choices from striking contemporary designs to more traditional shapes. This also includes a super playful (and giant) Anglepoise, as well as more understated corner lamps and everything in between. These floor lamps are also the perfect combination of form and function. Think everything from a powerful, directional reading lamp to a decorative and dimmable floor lamp. From energy-efficient LED lamps to iconic design classics that have stood the test of time, this is our curated pick of the best floor lamps that will add a distinguishing touch to your space.
Floor lamps usually provide a delightful addition to a living room, so if yours is following suit and being placed inside this room, don't miss our living room lighting ideas guide. For expert explanation on how to create the perfect mood to elevate your space.
The best floor lamps
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1. Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant Floor Lamp
Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant Floor Lamp | £3,549.90 at lights.co.uk
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. Only this version comes in six colourways – Alpine White, Crimson, Dove Grey, Lemon Yellow, Navy Blue and Velvety Black. This iconic floor lamp can be angled in any direction you wish, plus the constant spring technology provides effortless movement. It's playful, recognisable and it makes a lovely addition to any large room, whether a home office, living room or in the corner of a hallway.
Bulb type: E27 LED G120 included (13 watts)
2. Habitat Bobby Metal Floor Lamp
Habitat Bobby Metal Floor Lamp | £37.50 at Habitat
A Habitat classic, the metal Bobby floor lamp is multiple colours and it boasts a powder-coated finish. Its modern, minimalist frame 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 a complete bargain, too, and it's adjustable so that you can nestle it in a corner with ease.
Bulb: E14 8W golf ball
3. Flos Kevin Floor Lamp
Flos Kevin Floor Lamp | £410 at Heal's
Designed by renowned industrial designer Antonio Citterio for Italian brand FLOS, this lamp packs 30 powerful LED lights into a fully adjustable directional head – making it ideal for positioning over a reading chair or home office desk. It’s got a sleek, minimal appearance that will fit into most interiors and is made entirely from recycled materials. The best part? Other than the fact it comes in two finishes – black or white – you can switch between three different light intensities to get the mood just right.
Bulbs: 30 x TOP LED 8W 556lm total 2700K CRI 95 (included)
4. Le Corbusier for Nemo Parliament Floor Lamp
Le Corbusier for Nemo Parliament Floor Lamp | £950 at The Conran Shop
Highlight your interior with Le Corbusier’s Parliament Floor Lamp, originally designed in 1963 for the Chandigarh Parliament and now manufactured by Nemo. What do we love most about this design? Aside from the fab choice of colourways, the fact that this light boasts two interchanging light diffusers is pretty impressive. This means it can light both your ceiling and your floor at the same time, and you can move the lights to point whichever direction you prefer. 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 to help you focus. Plus, both lights are dimmable. It's a stunning and very clever design.
Bulb: 2x max. 52W E27 bulbs (not included).
5. Heal's Milton Floor Lamp
Heal's Milton Floor Lamp | £259 at Heal's
This exclusive design for Heal's is compact to fit in most living rooms, while it comes in your choice of cream or a black and brass blend. It 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.
Bulb: Clear LED Filament E14 Bulb 1W
6. Mini Sun Retro Aged Nickel Floor Lamp
Mini Sun Retro Aged Nickel Floor Lamp | £39.99 at Amazon
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 and modern, industrial inspired interiors. The light is rather bright – useful for reading, or task lighting for craft projects, but not ideal for creating a relaxed glow. It's also available in a range of finishes beyond aged nickel, including antique brass and antique copper. With an adjustable stem, too, it's evidently practica and stylish – as well as affordable.
Bulb: 4w LED Filament Bulb (included)
7. Anglepoise x Margaret Howell Type 75 Floor Lamp
Anglepoise x Margaret Howell Type 75 Floor Lamp | £239 at Amara
Originally designed in 1932, the Anglepoise lamp quickly became an icon thanks to its innovative spring mechanism that makes it the perfect reading lamp. The classic lamp was given an update in 2004 by Sir Kenneth Grange to include a scaled-up floor lamp, and most recently was treated to a palette of fresh colours chosen by British fashion designer Margaret Howell – including rust and teal. Perfect for adding a pop of colour. Choose from Yellow Ochre, Sienna or Saxon Blue.
Bulb: 6W LED
8. Maisons du Monde Metal and Fir Floor Lamp
Maisons du Monde Metal and Fir Floor Lamp | £165 at Maisons du Monde
If your home office is on the small side, look for space-savvy solutions – such as this clever floor lamp with integrated shelves. It’s ideal for positioning beside a desk or reading chair and looks great stacked with books. The rectilinear design makes it easy to fit into tight corners and against the wall. It's a clean, classic design that would suit traditional interiors, plus it's happily affordable, too.
Bulb: E27 LED, max 40W
9. Fritz Hansen Caravaggio Floor Lamp
Fritz Hansen Caravaggio Floor Lamp | £785 at Nordic Nest
Add a fun touch to a home office with this characterful floor lamp designed by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen. The oversize shade sits atop a slender stem, creating a playful contrast. The shade is mounted on a flexible tube that can be tilted up to 40 degrees to provide directional light, making it suitable for working at a desk – or focusing on a book while nestled on the sofa. It comes in black or white, too.
Bulb: E27, Max 150W
10. &Tradition Tripod Floor Lamp HM8
&Tradition Tripod Floor Lamp HM8 | £665 at Amara
This classic Nordic design is the perfect way to do minimalism with a soft touch. The clean lines of the tripod base and the angled shade seamlessly fit into most rooms, while the rounded edges of the feet and the playful ball keep it from being too stark. Plus, it can easily fit into corners. Choose from two colourways including an elegant maroon red and a striking black.
Bulb: E27, Max 60W
11. John Lewis & Partners Brandon Floor Lamp
John Lewis & Partners Brandon Floor Lamp | £30 at John Lewis
You don’t need to spend big to get functional lighting for your home, as this simple lamp from John Lewis goes to prove. The minimalist, archetypal lamp doesn’t just look good – it also features an adjustable cone-shaped shade that can direct light. We say to nestle it in a corner to set the mood. Bringing all of the industrial-chic vibes to your home, for a very low price tag indeed.
Bulb: 8.5W ES LED Classic, 28W ES Classic Eco Halogen
12. Menu Hashira floor lamp
Menu Hashira floor lamp | £564 at Nordic Nest
If you’re looking to create a cosy yet refined ambiance in your home, go for this simple cylindrical lamp by Norm Architects for MENU. A Nordic take on traditional Japanese paper lanterns, it features a semi-translucent linen shade sitting atop a solid timber base. When it’s not in use, it becomes a minimal yet striking sculptural element and it offers glare-free ambiance. This simple yet minimalist design easily fits into corners making it ideal for small spaces, while its head swivels to shine light in any direction. Did we mention that it has a linen shade?
Bulb: E26 incandescent
13. Pooky Adjustable Standing Lamp
Pooky Cranling Articulated Standing Lamp | £322 at Pooky
This Pooky floor lamp combines the beauty of marble and brass, complete with a shade colour of your choosing, to blend in with your decor. We say to place it in a hallway or living room, to provide light while your head is stuck in a book – or to set the mood while you're watching a movie. Angle this floor lamp whichever way suits you, thanks to its adjustable stem. This means you can pull it closer when needed, whether when you are knitting or your head is stuck in a book. And, don't get us started on its marble base: it's elegant yet subtle and undeniably striking.
Bulb: B22 bayonet lightbulb
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.
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