The lighting in your family area should be warm and inviting. Your family area is the site of family gatherings, and ought to 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 wonderful 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 as well. Floor lamps might be great, in that the light will bounce off of the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some all-important light on all of your family.