There are some instances where the harsh brightness of overhead spot lights or the limited spread of a pendant ceiling light just won’t do.

A stylish stand-alone floor lamp, or perhaps a pair placed on either side of a sofa, will not only provide pools of direct light where it’s needed, but also offer a welcome cosy glow on a gloomy evening.

With designs ranging from traditional lampshade styles to contemporary sculptural pieces, there is a design to suit every function and interior.

Before buying though, make sure that you have the perfect space for this new piece of furniture.

A floor lamp can’t just be on its own, it needs to be positioned next to a chair, bed or desk that needs illuminating.

You need to measure before purchasing too. Some are much larger than you think and some are heavy, which you will want to avoid if you plan on moving it regularly for a change of scene.

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Mogg Sott’Archi floor lamp: £1,440, Go Modern

Designed by Fabio Meliota for cult Italian brand Mogg, this super flexible floor lamp can be reconfigured in a number of ways. It’s not cheap, but it comes with its shade and it can be spread out into an arc-style floor lamp, or bent across itself two ways to create a unique air of suspense. An iconic, easy to manipulate, forever floor lamp for those who like to regularly change the look and feel of their room.

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Habitat Wallace walnut floor lamp: £195, Habitat

This classic looking walnut floor lamp and side table in one, provides a useful perch for drinks and nibbles next to a sofa; or for books, glasses and an alarm clock when used as a bedside table. And when you think that it serves two purposes, the price is pretty reasonable too. A versatile funky Mid-Century Modern style floor lamp that works well in a contemporary or vintage setting.

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A Modern Grand Tour ostrich feather floor lamp with gold base: From £4,200, Sweetpea & Willow

Available in a rainbow of colours of ostrich feather, this floor lamp becomes the focal point of any room. Filtering a delicate pool of light through its feather plumage, it is both glamorous and functional. It works brilliantly in a pair bookending either side of a long sofa, but it’s super expensive so one alone may break the budget. A fantastic, fantasy floor lamp sure to become a collector’s item. We must note that the ostrich feathers Sweetpea & Willow use are ethically sourced, and are by-products of the food and leather industry.

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Tom Raffield skipper walnut floor lamp: £445, Heal’s

Cornwall-based designer Tom Raffield is known for his striking lighting pieces, constructed from undulating loops of steam-bent timber. Here he has applied his trademark design to this eye catching floor lamp, which gives off a softly patterned light. A simply beautiful work of art that makes an instant talking point.

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Dar Lighting Adna floor lamp: £162, The Lighting Company

This Scandi-st​yle tripod floor lamp in a matte grey and natural wood finish with a matching adjustable matte grey shade is designed to put an armchair in a hallway or the corner of a sitting room in the spotlight. It has a larger floor footprint than some floor lamps, however, so it’s not one for a compact space. To complete the look, a matching pendant light is also available. A timeless floor lamp that puts the finishing touches to a hygge style room.

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Rey White marble arc floor lamp: £99, Danetti

This is an overarching floor lamp that will subtly hug your sofa or throw a romantic glow over your dinner table; but, as with any arc-style floor lamp, take careful note of its measurements before buying so that you can be sure that its proportions fit your room and that it illuminates where required. With its white marble base and included fabric shade, this is a statement light at a great price point.

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Saddler floor lamp: £275, Cotterell & Co

This classic contemporary style floor lamp features intricately stitched brown leather effect bands along its stem and is designed to throw a warm and gentle pool of light over the side of a sofa or armchair, perfect for creating a sophisticated glow in the corner of the sitting room as dusk falls. The light shade is sold separately. This is the floor lamp for anyone who wants to bring a touch of boutique hotel chic into their home.

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Oliver Bonas bamboo floor lamp base: £75, Oliver Bonas

With a small 30cm solid wooden base, this floor lamp is perfect for a compact space. The on-trend brushed-brass finish, bamboo style floor lamp base can be combined with a selection of mix and match Oliver Bonas lampshades, sold separately, to create a funky, colourful style statement. The perfect floor lamp for anyone looking for a fun and quirky partner to a sofa or armchair.

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Cult Living grasshopper metal floor lamp: £119, Cult Furniture

Influenced by Greta Grossman’s iconic 1940s grashoppa lamp, this striking sculptural asymmetrical brass piece works equally well next to a bed or alongside an armchair, sofa or desk. Plus, it has a ball-joint fixture, which means that you can direct the light to where it is required. Switched on or off, this is an iconic floor lamp that adds interest to a bedroom, entrance hallway or living space and it’s reasonably priced too.

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Brompton reading floor lamp: £270, Neptune

This nickel lamp borrows from industrial and contemporary classic styles and the result is a simple, yet striking, unique floor lamp that works as a task light against a desk, or dressing table or alongside an armchair, occasional chair or sofa. Its anglepoise design also means that it can be easily adjusted to illuminate a specific area. A timeless floor lamp with all the elements of a design classic.

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The verdict: Floor lamps

All of these floor lamps have been chosen because they are both practical and stylish, but the one that is a cut above the rest because of its iconic looks and its ability to reinvent itself is the Mogg Sott’Archi floor lamp from Go Modern. It is pricey, but it oozes timeless style and it is likely to become a family heirloom.

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