M&C style floor lamps are practical and portable problem solvers. The uplight is great for adding another layer of ambient light to a room and the task light can be used to focus on a specific area.
The uplight shade can tilt and rotate so you can point light towards the ceiling, or against the walls. The task light can bend at the base and shade so you have the flexibility to direct light where needed.
Both have individual switches on the column so you can control how much light you want.