A single layer of lighting is never enough for a living room
The living room can be characterised as the heart of the home, a space where we come together. Lighting is an essential part of any living room. It can create a cozy atmosphere, provide a functional task lighting, and highlight special features in the room. When illuminating a living room, the goal is to create a warm and inviting space that is both comfortable and practical.
A single layer of lighting is never enough for a living room. A good plan is to think about layers, light needs to come from above, the sides and below.
A good plan is to think about layers, light needs to come from above, the sides and below.
There are three basic types of lighting that work together to light your home, general ambient lighting, task lighting and decorative accent lighting.
A celling lamp for spreading ambient light over the whole room, a floor lamp to add atmosphere and to highlight decorative features or furniture, a wall lamp is used to highlight architectural features and important objects, and to draw attention away from the things that aren’t as pleasing, and a table lamp by an armchair or sofa for completing personal tasks.
The first step is to decide what type of lighting will be used. For most living rooms, ambient lighting is the best option. This includes ceiling lights, wall lighting, and floor lamps. It provides a soft, even light that is muted and comfortable.
How to plan you Lighting
Start with a ceiling light to create an even layer of background lighting. Use a combination of dimmable task lights, such as floor and table lamps, across the room to allow you to adapt the mood of the space for day to night. Then use accent lighting to highlight architectural features and artwork.
You are the best person to plan the lighting as you know all the ways you will use the living room.
1. Gather the family and make a list of everything you’ll do in your living room, from watching TV to reading or doing homework.
2. Add to your list any features in the room you’d like to highlight, for instance artwork.
3. Start planning the lighting you’ll need for each activity or feature. Draw out a simple floor plan of the room and then sketch on where you need each type of lighting to be.
Whether you are looking to brighten up an entire room or simply wish to dimly light up your sofa table, pendant lamps present a lovely solution.
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Wall lighting is about highlighting your favorite things as well as providing a nice mood. It also is used to draw attention away from the things that aren’t as pleasing. In a living room, wall lighting would normally include picture lights and decor lighting.
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Table lamps have the unique ability to create a warm and intimate atmosphere in any space. Explore our range of table lamps and find your perfect table lamp to brighten your living room.
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