A torchiere is one of the most popular and recognizable types of floor lamps used for lighting.
Torchiers do not take up or require a lot of floor space, and can fit in the smallest of spaces generally speaking. The unobtrusive shape may have a lot to do with its popularity. The other advantage that a torchiere has is its ability to provide general light. It points the light up at the ceiling, which then bounces off it to provide a diffused general light.
Dimmers add to its versatility and let you soften or turn up the light as needed. And since there are torchieres in all different styles ranging form traditional to modern you can find one that fits into your surroundings.
Before you buy a torchiere, make sure it is stable and won't tip over easily. A weighted base is the best, or position it so that it won't topple.
Featured here is the Spiral Tulip Stained Glass / Tiffany Torchiere Lamp from Meyda's Spiral Tulip Collection. Meyda is one of the oldest and best known manufacturers of Tiffany lamps in the U.S.
This lamp stands 70.5" high and takes a 100 watts bulb. It weighs about 20 lbs. and the finish is mahogany bronze.