Look! Recessed Floor Lighting

Usually when someone says, "I'm installing recessed lights in my house," they're usually referring to the ceiling. However, there's a growing trend of installing small lights in the floor. If you're intrigued by the look, but not 100% sure that you're ready to bore holes through your floor (or can't due to a lease), there are a few alternatives to achieving a similar lighting effect...

Can lights from CB2 can be tucked behind plants or in corners to light up a specific area in the room. If $20 is too steep for your budget, Lamps Plus also has similar cans for a few bucks less.

Candles on the floor can be a fire hazard and come off a bit cliché, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner. But we like the look of these oversized silver hurricane lanterns, big enough to case huge pillar candles. A similar candleholder: Pottery Barn's Capri Lantern.

Ikea's Grönö lamps are simple and discreet, ideal for placing on the floor without cluttering up a room or hallway.

[ Photos from Living Etc, CB2, and Dalboz17's Flickr ]