Looking for a floor lamp for reading? Go black.
Black floor lamps can be placed under one category by themselves. That’s how powerful I think they are.
Floor lamps can be so many different things. They can be a modest object that illuminates your book. They can be a conversation starter. Nicely designed ones can augment a room, and make a bold statement, even if they’re in a seemingly neutral color.
And there are circumstances in which they should come as your first and ultimate choice of light. Circumstances when you won’t and can’t ever go back once you’ve go for black.
Read on to find if any of them applies to you!
1. Your home library has a contemporary setting
Black is one of the most loved color by designing experts in contemporary style interiors, together with white and neutrals.
Regardless of the material and the design of the lamp, it can very easily match with other furnitures and decors in the library or reading nook.
It’s actually the perfect color you can use in any space, be it your home, office, or a store with modern style.
3. You want a good light, not a decorative object
You already have enough of decorative items in your room.
You have hundreds of books taking up lots of space.
All you want is a good quality floor lamp that brightens things up so you can enjoy the sight of your hardcovers, and actually read the titles.
You don’t need a gimmicky, colorful light to take up more space and steal the show, or worse, destroy the look and the organization.
You want something with modesty and neutrality.
That’s what a simple black floor lamp is.
3. You’re a minimalist
If you are into living a meaningful life with less.
If you’re trying to removing clusters of different shapes and sizes and colors around the house.
If you read books on how to simplify life and listen to The Minimalists Podcast every day.
Then the best floor lamp you can have is a pure black one, which has a design that puts 100 percent of the focus on light and functionality. One that brightens up your room and allows you to read or to see everything in the otherwise dark corners in your living space.
4. You want a decorative object
This may sound contradictory with No. 3. But seriously, even when the lamp has no color, a proper size and design can make it the center of attention among other objects. A black floor lamp can even make the statement for the room!
With other furnitures having pastel colors, the floor lamp in this picture is certainly the boldest thing in the room. Its impressive size makes it impossible to not be noticed when you enter the space. Imagine the liveliness it brings to the room when it is on!
And yet, magically, the simple design and the lack of color allows it to stand there without adding cluster into the area.
5. When there are already too many colors
You got a rainbow in your room.
The walls are yellow. The sofas red. The floor brown. The curtains purple. A pack of books of a thousand different colors on the green shelves. (Did you notice that books can make a place look very clustered, even though you organize them as neatly as you can?)
You want light, and you don’t want more colors.
In this case, a black or white floor lamp will work. Again, one with a design that focuses solely on functionality is your best bet. Think a slim straight torchiere, down bridge, or club lamp.
6. When the rest of the room is in black and white
Monochromes are on the trend for good reasons.
The contrast is eye-catching. The elegance and sophistication is felt immediately and effortlessly.
Usually you’d have to think hard whenever you want to introduce a new item into such a room. The last thing you want is to break the existing suaveness and destroy the simplicity.
But a black floor lamp? It works 100 percent of the time for black and white decors.
If you want it to simply offer light, “hide” it in a black background, say a black wall or curtain. If you want the light to stand out, put it somewhere in the room where there are large white objects.
It really is as easy as that.
7. When you’re in doubt
You know you want a floor lamp for your reading nook, home library, or simply one that you can read by.
Being the overthinking bookworm that you are, you’ve already spent like a week on checking out ideas and pictures on Pinterest and reading all about the combinations and meanings of colors and everything.
And you’re still not sure which color is the best.
Save yourself the headache and pick a black floor lamp. Really.
The color works 99.99% of the time. OK, I made up the number, but there are two things that convince me to come up with that: it’s a lamp that offers light, and black matches with anything and everything.
8. You plan to use it for loooong
We all know that black is a color that never ever becomes old-fashioned.
That’s why black cars are so popular. Black electronic devices are well loved. Same reason why men are advised to have at least a pair of black suits, and women one black dress in their closet.
The same applies for black floor lamps. It is simply timeless. As years go by, trends change, and you have new upgrades in your apartment, at least you never have to worry about the lamp going out of style.
9. When it’s good for fengshui
In Chinese culture, black represents water, one of the five elements.
Water in turn symbolizes intelligence, wisdom, and flexibility. The color black, used in moderation and in harmony with other colors, can create an atmosphere of mysteriosity and formality. Too much of it, however, can trigger fears and anxiety.
A black floor lamp is just enough if you want something of that energy in the house. Not too much, not too little. Of course, it’s best to consult your fengshui expert first, if you’re a believer.
10. When you want a black floor lamp
Because you want a floor lamp and you like it in black.
In this particular case, you can never go wrong with it.