Traditional Lighting London – Top Tips on Decorating Your Home with Vintage Style Floor Lamps

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Traditional Lighting London – Top Tips on Decorating Your Home with Vintage Style Floor Lamps

For traditional lighting in London, Angelo's have a wide range of modern and vintage floor lamps. Vintage styles are those which were popular 20-100 years ago. Any styles that are older than this are considered antique and more recent designs are considered to be modern. While older style lamps were made to be placed on tables, floor lamps tend to be from more recent times.

Styles of vintage floor lamps include Art Deco, Rustic, Retro and Period. They came in many shapes and sizes, with a variety of shades, including fabric, glass and metal cones. 1950's style Art Deco floor lamps are particular favourites and some reach from the floor to the ceiling. If you are choosing a vintage style lamp, rather than an original, Angelo's is a great choice as we have vast experience in the sale of all types of lighting including traditional lighting in London.

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What are Floor Lamps?

Also known as a standard lamp, floor lamps are made to stand on the floor. While ceiling lights are good for lighting the whole room, floor lamps can be used to light a particular area or can be placed next to a sofa or table.

The most obvious benefit of floor lamps is that they provide more subtle lighting than ceiling lights. They are also very versatile; it’s easy to change the shade, bulb or even the location of your lamp and any one of these changes will make a difference to the overall atmosphere of the room. Read on to find out more.

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Floor lamps have either fixed or directional heads. Lamps with directional heads can be used to change the angle of the light. For more subtle lighting, you can alter the direction of the light so that it shines onto a wall. Be aware that any objects caught by the light, such as pictures that are placed on the walls, will cause shadows.

Another way to change the atmosphere in a room is to change the bulbs, as different types of bulbs can also be used to provide different moods. Compact fluorescent bulbs will save energy and are especially useful if the light will be on for long periods at a time. They use less wattage but give a brighter light.

Floor lamps are suitable for almost any room in the home. In the bedroom, they can be placed next to the mirror or dressing table to make it easier to get dressed and apply your make-up. Placed in the lounge or office, these types of lamp make it easier to read or complete paperwork. In the dining room, they can be used to create an intimate atmosphere and are ideal for cosy dinner parties.

It's important to get the right balance between a lamp being functional and stylish. You can choose the height of the lamp to ensure that the light is helpful when reading or performing tasks, without being overbearing. Choosing the right shade will also help with this. In addition to this, floor lamps can also be used to accentuate certain features such as paintings or sculptures.


It might sound obvious but it's essential to choose a style that fits with the overall décor of the room. A vintage style floor lamp will look odd if the rest of the room has a contemporary style. Think about the best place to put the lamp where you will get the most benefit from it. You might want to place it next to your favourite armchair so that it's easy for you to read your book or newspaper. Alternatively, you might prefer to place it in the study to make it easier for you to do your paperwork.

Floor lamps have various types of switches. Some have a knob on the pole under the light bulb or a chain or cord under the shade that you can pull to turn on and off. Some use dimming switches that enable you to adjust the brightness according to the atmosphere that you wish to create. Others can be switched on and off using foot switches. Just choose a style of lamp with an on-off switch that is most suitable for you.

Traditional Lighting in London

Angelo's is a domestic and commercial lighting specialist. We are a family business located on Turnpike Lane in North London. Why not visit us today to view our range of traditional lighting in London?

Traditional Lighting London click here to view the location of our north London showroom.