The way in which a room is lit has the ability to alter the entire aspect of the space. Well lit rooms appear larger and airier, while dimmer spaces can seem warmer and cosier. Floor standing lighting is a more adaptable alternative to desk lamps as it can be placed anywhere in the room without the need for additional furniture. A floor standing lamp positioned behind a sofa, for example, creates an excellent reading corner without casting too much light over the rest of the room on an evening, especially where the light fixture has an attached spotlight arm. Up-lit floor lamps provide illumination without focused brightness, and so are ideal for cosy and relaxing evenings at home. One advantage of floor standing lighting is that the lamps remain portable enough to move around the home yet sturdy enough to withstand the occasional knock from children or pets with ease. They can be used as focused task lighting or as a warmer alternative to harsh overhead lights, and the ornate stands and pretty lampshades make an attractive addition to any home.