The lighting in your family area should be warm and inviting. Your living area is the site of family gatherings, and should evoke pleasant feelings. Even rooms that don't have overhead lighting can be made cheery and bright by strategically placing a few great living room lamps. End tables and display cases are fantastic places to place lamps that will make up for just about any lack of lighting which you have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work also. Floor lamps is often great, in that the light will bounce off of the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some much needed light on all of your current family.