The lighting in your living area should be warm and inviting. Your living area is the site of family gatherings, and really should evoke pleasant feelings. Even rooms that don't have overhead lighting can be made bright and cheery by strategically placing a few great living room lamps. End tables and display cases are good places to place lamps that will make up for virtually every lack of lighting that you have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work at the same time. Floor lamps could be 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 your family.