Living Room Lighting Ideas

Your living room can seem cozy and small or expansive and bright depending on how you light it. These are some of the best ways to change up your lighting and bring out the best in your living room through illumination.

Light Layers

The goal for most people in lighting their living room is to get rid of dark areas as much as possible. This means strategically placing lights and ensuring that there is ample light for every area of the room. Overhead lighting, such as with a chandelier or ceiling light can provide most of the general illumination, but you may also need task lighting. That overhead light may not be bright enough to allow you to read comfortably, especially if the light is obscured by the chandelier or other holder it is in. If you are going for a dim, cozy look, then you definitely want some extra task lighting scattered about the room. A few small lamps on end tables can look decorative and still serve a functional purpose.

Lighting Tied to the Room

Your lighting choices need to be made based on what is going to be in the living room. It’s difficult to properly light a room that you don’t know the specifics of it. Take inventory of your couches, bookcases, carpet and tables in the room before picking out your lighting. You want something that is in the same style and that won’t stand out too much from everything else in the room. You also want to ensure that you have enough lighting for the room based on the color of everything else there. Lighter carpets and couches don’t need as much light to reflect illumination well and lighten up the room. But if you have darker furniture and carpets, you may need more severe or more abundant lighting to chase away all the shadows.

Use Sconces Wisely

Sconces are small lighting fixtures that attach to the wall instead of the ceiling, and you can place them practically anywhere. You can buy glass diffusers for yours to soften the amount of light they let through or use clear holders to provide maximum illumination. Using multiple sconces can work as a framing device, creating a focus point around a fireplace, painting or doorway. Anywhere you place multiple sconces will become a focal point, so be aware of that as you choose the placement.

When it comes to sconces, you don’t always have to go with something functional. Decorative sconces can add some great flair to the room, doing more than just illuminating a corner.

Recessed Lighting

For a look that is nonintrusive, you should consider recessed lighting. These lights can be placed almost anywhere, and you can tilt them to point them in any direction you need to. Overlapping the lights allows you to create a field of light that can cover your entire living room without the light source being visible. That’s great for creating atmosphere and making sure your living room’s design isn’t thrown off by a number of light sources.