The lighting in your living room area should be warm and inviting. Your family area is the site of family gatherings, and really 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 excellent places to place lamps that will make up for virtually every lack of lighting that you may have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work too. Floor lamps can be great, in that the sunshine will bounce off the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some necessary light on your family.