You may love the look of a floor lamp, but sleek design means nothing if it doesn't provide proper illumination. When choosing accent lights, first consider how the light will serve your needs. Looking for a reading lamp? You'll want a model that will shine on your lap rather than toward the ceiling. Adding ambient light to the room? Find a fixture that produces a wide swath of light, rather than only a small halo. With all the options available today, you should be able to find a solution that's both attractive and functional.