The lighting in your family area should be warm and inviting. Your living room is the site of family gatherings, and ought to 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 any lack of lighting that you may have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work too. Floor lamps may be great, in that the sunshine will bounce off the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some much needed light on all your family.