The lighting in your living area should be warm and inviting. Your family area is the site of family gatherings, and must 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 fantastic places to place lamps that will make up for almost any lack of lighting which you have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work at the same time. Floor lamps might be great, in that the sunshine will bounce off of the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some essential light on all of your family.