As Autumn nears, change is in the air. Outside, leaves are starting to change color and set the stage for pumpkin perfect views as far as the eye can see. But indoors, something less desirable is going on. Shrinking hours of daylight are transforming interiors into dark, shadowy spaces that make it as easy to go bump in the day as at night. Prefer your home stay light and bright year-round? Then now’s the time shop for floor lamps.
Design lovers know that a great floor lamp does more than light a room—it also delivers design illumination. And that’s what can make finding the perfect floor lamp challenging. I know. I searched for years before finding mine. And you know what I learned along the way? The best floor lamp either fades into the background as a supporting player or steps into the spotlight as a design diva that delivers lots of wow.
If you’re looking for a tripod floor lamp, head to Target. Their Threshold Ellis wood floor lamp delivers a trendy mid-century look for just $85.49. That’s a steal compared to similar designs I’ve seen elsewhere (like West Elm’s version for $429).
Here’s a tip—Pottery Barn Kids is for grown-ups, too. Check out this Fisherman floor lamp. Made of sturdy iron, its nautical-inspired suspended lamp creates a contemporary coastal vibe. $199.
A high-end lookalike, the Malachite Arc floor lamp will turn heads with its slender lampshade in a hip mineral pattern. Printed with the same technique used in reproducing museum-quality artwork, the custom shade of this brushed nickel floor lamp also features a plastic diffuser at the bottom to prevent glare. $199.99
For years, IKEA has been my go-to place for well-designed lamps at an affordable price. Their new Stockholm floor lamp is a good example why. Chrome-plated from top-to-bottom, it sparkles like a jewel but without overwhelming everything else in the room. Designed to emit light both up/down and outfitted with a dimmer switch (not often seen at this price point), Stockholm is, hands-down, the deal of the day. $69.99.
For a retro-industrial look, you can’t go wrong with Target’s Javan metal floor lamp with an open-cage shade. $99.9
Lite Source’s Pharma floor lamp is proof that good design will stand the test of time. I’ve owned an earlier version of this lamp (in a now discontinued gun metal finish) for over 20 years. It still looks and works like new. Don’t be fooled by the slender silhouette of this floor lamp. It delivers lots of light, is outfitted with a dimmer control and is available on Amazon in four finishes. Prime member prices (which include free shipping) are: $143.20/black, $156.25/dark bronze, $165.29/antique brass, $213.00/satin steel.
After looking at more floor lamps than you can shake a stick at, I can tell you this—these are Fall’s best. They stand tall wherever they go.