Lighting is arguably the most important element of any room. Not only does it provide a vital function, it adds an important decorative element and can significantly contribute to a room’s overall atmosphere. In every room it’s important to have the three main types of lighting: ambient, task and accent.
Ranging from an eye-catching chandelier, to a sculptural table lamp, to a set of wall-mounted sconces, we collected functional yet stylish living room lighting ideas to illuminate your space, no matter how dark or small it is. Scroll through these living room lighting ideas that will always work.
HANG A CHANDELIER
If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings, hang a statement chandelier. This lighting option is a foolproof way to create a focal point in your living room, and a modern mobile design sheds light while adding visual interest to your space.
PLUG IN A FLOOR LAMP
Floor lamps can be plugged into the outlets you already have, making them an ideal option for renters and homeowners who don’t want to drill into drywall. Floor lamps play both a functional and decorative role since they fall under the ‘task lighting’ category, illuminating everyday activities.
PLACE A TABLE LAMP ON A SIDE TABLE
Table lamps can instantly brighten a living room as soon as they’re plugged in. Opt for a design that doubles as a sculptural art piece to curate a stylish side table vignette. Table lamps also fall under the ‘task lighting’ category as they play a functional role in lighting up desk space or a reading area.
INSTALL A PENDANT LAMP
For a fixture that’ll blend seamlessly into your space, a pendant lamp offers all the convenience of overhead lighting with all the style of a decorative hanging light. The fun part about pendant lighting is that there are so many style options to choose from.
OPT FOR SCONCES
Wall-mounted sconces are ideal for small living rooms with low ceilings that may not allow for hanging light fixtures. Rather than sacrificing precious square footage to floor lamps or side tables to house table lamps, install a pair of sconces.
CHOOSE RECESSED LIGHTING
When you need lots of light that won’t overwhelm a space (such as the living room), recessed lighting is a practical solution. They’ll deliver a focused, downward-facing glow precisely where it’s needed.
Give your artwork the spotlight with its own lighting. Options range from picture lights to track lighting, ceiling-mounted accent lights and more.
ADD DECORATIVE LIGHTING
Whether you opt for a sculptural sconce, a shimmering chandelier, or even an array of candles, decorative lighting can really amp up the mood and style factor of a room.
LAYER THEM ALL
Combine all elements above for a layered look that provide proper illumination for every setting. One of the best things you can do in a living room is to install dimmer switches to every single light source.
Since living rooms have no specific purpose (unlike a kitchen or bathroom) it’s important to have lighting that can sufficiently illuminate whatever activities take place there. The most important thing to remember is that variety is key. No matter what your style, vary the size, placement and intensity in order to get the right amount of light.
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