We've talked a lot about using pendants as a way to anchor the dining room table, but what if you're a renter and you can't hard-wire a new fixture into your home? A floor lamp can shed light onto the table, and it's more flexible than an overhead lamp.
To find something that holds its own in the dining room, look for a large-scale lamp that arcs over the table or has an adjustable base that you can angle. On the high end, we really love the Castiglioni Arco Lamp, a modern classic that could cost you upwards of $2,500. For something less expensive, try the IKEA Samtid ($40) or CB2's Bauhaus Arc Lamp ($200).
Photos: Richard Kuchinsky (1), Abby Cook (2), Evan Thomas (3, 5) Don Freeman / Domino Magazine September 2005 (4)