Question: “Hey, so I was wondering, what’s the big difference between a floor lamp and a torchiere? I’ve seen them both and they pretty much look the same to me. Is there once place you use one and another place for the other? I’m trying to find the right one for my living room. Please help!” - Sarah, VT
Answer: Hi Sarah, not to worry!
There’s a simple way to sort this out. Floor lamps and torchieres do look alike, though they have different functions. Torchieres are designed to reflect light off the ceiling and walls for ambient effects. They provide a less light but to a much bigger area. If you have a dark corner that needs some illumination or a space that doesn’t have a lot of ambient lighting, then you would use a torchiere to lighten up the room.
Now, a floor lamp is a bit different. Though both lamps are tall and shaped similarly, floor lamps are more geared toward task lighting. So, if you need a lamp next to a chair or desk so that you can read, work on something, etc. then you would use a floor lamp.
Hope this helps and good luck with the living room lighting!