A torchère or torch lamp, is a lamp with a tall stand made of wood or metal. Originally, torchères were simply a candelabra, usually with two or three lights. When it was first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century, the torchère mounted only one candle. When the number of candles were doubled or tripled the improvement was regarded almost as a revolution in the lighting of large rooms.
What made a torchère different from your average floor lamp is that at its top, it was usually shaped like a bowl or an inverted cone, throwing light up toward the ceiling.
Torchères do wonders for dark corners, niches, recesses, or any other spot in your home that seems perennially in the shadows. These standing lamps are often used in pairs against a wall, their strong presence illuminating walls in a more substantial way than is possible with overhead or recessed lights.
Not looking to make a statement but desperately need that extra uplight, there are many models out there today that are beautiful. One thing to consider if you are planning to put a torchère(s) in your home, make sure that your ceiling and your walls are in great shape. Otherwise, your floor lamp will only exaggerate every flaw and blemish.
What are your thoughts on a torchère? Have you used one in your design or home that you would like to share? I would love to see pictures. Feedback is always appreciated as well.
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