The lighting in your family room 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 any lack of lighting that you may have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work also. Floor lamps can be great, in that the lighting will bounce from the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some necessary light on all of your family.