The lighting in your living room should be warm and inviting. Your family area is the site of family gatherings, and needs 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 good 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 can be great, in that the light will bounce off the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some necessary light on all of your current family.