The stand and shade of this Danish floor lamp come separately, with a choice of products to mix and match across the Vita Copenhagen range. This combination tops a 140cm-tall white stand with a dark grey shade that resembles flower petals. The textile cord and brass pull are quality touches, and it works best with an E27 13W bulb (not included). Self-assembly is required.
Winter’s dark nights call for some extra illumination. A good lamp can transform an overlooked spot in your home into a cosy place of retreat. If you’re keen to give a room some added warmth and atmosphere, a neutral lampshade or diffusing design is what to look for. Alternatively, a feature floor lamp can be just the thing to finish your perfectly-planned interior – one to dazzle guests with your sense of style.
This fuss-free lamp is well-priced for the size and would make itself useful just about anywhere in the home. Four legs give it a sturdy base, and the cream linen shade (included) can be swapped out over time when you feel like a change. It takes a standard E27 bulb (not included), so you don’t have to hunt around for something specific when it needs changing.
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This is a feature floor lamp with spherical shades that twist around a central stem. The polished brass finish and opaque shades gives the lamp a touch of glam. It would suit the dining or living room best, where it can be admired while entertaining. The base is heavy, keeping the slim lamp steady. It takes six G9 20W bulbs, which aren’t included.
This budget floor lamp from the Debenhams Home Collection has twisting tripod legs made in nickel and a fabric drum shade with a metallic finish. It’s a good neutral solution for enhancing lighting in most rooms, but the materials and finish lack the quality of the more expensive options on this list. Slim legs make it best for use on carpet rather than hard floors. It includes a two-year warranty. Takes a maximum 42W Edison screw ES halogen bulb.
Amber resin is used to make this vintage-style floor lamp, which gives it a distinctive colour and appearance. The stand is slim and 145cm tall, a height that adds to its formal, period feel. The base comes in a clear version too, and lighting specialist Pooky has a huge of range of coloured lampshades in silk and cotton. Delivery in the UK is free. This takes an E27 screw-in lightbulb.
French Connection’s cinema-style tripod lamp is a real showstopper. The reflector is made of burnished copper, hammered with minute dimples to amplify light and give a warm glow. The legs and support are finished in matte black, and the reflecting dish can be angled to suit. It takes a G9 bulb (not included), which fits under a copper-dipped bulb cover.
On a practical note, think about whether the light needs to be adjustable, either by height or an angled head, or whether a compact lightweight lamp that’s easy to move around will suit your space better.
Paper lampshades here give a warm, diffused light that instantly gives a room a cosy atmosphere. The stylish Laponie light has a wooden tripod base and folded paper shade, which looks good on and off. Lightweight construction means it’s not the steadiest – thin tripod legs suit carpet rather than smooth floors. Note this lamp comes with a French plug, and requires an adapter. Takes an E27 bulb.
The small shade and slim proportions of the Cody lamp make it good for dim corners where lighting needs to be enhanced. The marble base is small but heavy, supporting a bronze stand and enamel shade that has an industrial feel. The fabric cord feeds back into the stand, meaning there are no messy wires on show. It works with a range of energy-saving bulbs (not included).
The industrial-looking Lens floor lamp is made of bent metal with a transparent glass shade. The stand meets the base with an unusual welded detail, and has a finish of antique bronze. The shape means it fits well over the end of a sofa or armchair, without taking up the space of an overreach lamp. Assembly is required, as well as a bulb. A squirrel-cage one works best.
French Connection Hammered Copper Floor Lamp: £375, French Connection
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Maisons du Monde Laponie Tripod Floor Lamp: £165, Maisons du Monde
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Marks & Spencer’s Dexter lamp scores highly on style and affordability – you’ll love showing it off to friends and wowing them with how much it costs. As a feature lamp, it’s best used where it will be seen, but would also add general illumination to parts of the house that could use some more attention. The Gray and Willow Cody lamp is more of an everyday design. Also well-priced, it’s light and slim too, meaning it’s easy to move around when and where extra lighting is required.
This is an over-reaching copper lamp with a brilliant finish. The curved frame and domed shade nod to classic Italian design from the Fifties and Sixties, while the copper finish is a contemporary twist. It rotates 360 degrees, and the shade’s position is adjustable. More compact and affordable than mid-century originals, this lamp is a hit in modern homes. It comes in grey and chrome too. Takes an E27 bulb (maximum of 60W).