The lighting in your family area should be warm and inviting. Your living room 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 wonderful 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 too. Floor lamps might be great, in that the light will bounce off the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some necessary light on your entire family.