Powerful Ideas to Improve your Living room Lighting
IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR LIVING ROOM LIGHTING!
Tired of not being able to see what you’re doing? Old out-dated light fixtures which look ancient or plain ugly? You’ve got some lighting but it’s still not bright enough to read a book? Or your rooms just don’t have enough lighting fixtures built-in?
You shouldn’t have to suffer in the dark!
It’s time to shed light on your situation with these powerful living room design tips
Ask yourself, what do you want your living room lighting to do?
When deciding how to decorate a living room with better lighting, there are different types of living room light fixtures and lamps designed for different purposes.
Throwing in some living room lighting fixtures might not be the best idea if you need bright light next to a chair. Or a couple of living room lamps may not be enough ambient light to fill a family room for your next Super Bowl party. You might even just have the wrong type of lamp shades attached for your needs.
Think about what each area of the living room needs
Try breaking down the room into functional areas.
Ask yourself, where do you need the most light?
Does it need to be bright and focused or a background ambient light?
- Lighting the whole living room in general raises overall ambient light
- A brighter light near to where you perform activities helps you read and focus
- Adding decorative accent lamps highlights your living room decor and furniture
Match the most appropriate type of lighting to the kind of light you need
Modern living room lighting design can feature either ambient lighting, task lighting or accent lighting.
These different kinds of light placement and “concentration” are mainly to do with how focused or localized the light is – is it spread out (diffused) through the room reflecting off surfaces, or is there more direct focused light close to a person performing an activity.
Did you know there are different forms of lighting?
Different types of light fixtures and lamps attempt to solve one problem:. “How do I position light at the correct horizontal and vertical position in a room to serve a purpose?”
This is usually accomplished through different forms or shapes of light. The physical design of the fixture or lamp itself makes use of one of three possibilities:
- 1. Ceiling lights, for example hanging from a chain making use of gravity, or attached close to the ceiling itself
- 2. Floor lights, attempting to overcome gravity, for example with a floor-standing lamp or an accent up-light
- 3. Table lights, placing light in the mid-level of the room by sitting the light source on top of embedded into some other furniture, such as with a table lamp, desk lamp, or low hanging pendant light
Different types of lights
Types of lights may spread the light out in different ways depending on the design. For example a table lamp typically reflects some light out the top and bottom of the shade spreading it out more below, whereas a chandelier may radiate light in all directions.
What is Ambient Lighting?
Ambient light is general diffused background light which fills the room and raises the overall light throughout the room. Ambient light fills the room but may not be sufficient for specific activities like reading in a chair. Most ambient light is usually provided by living room lighting fixtures.
Types of light fixtures producing ambient light for your living room include:
- Chandeliers hanging from the ceiling
- Pendant lights hanging from the ceiling
- Wall sconces at the sides of the room
- Flush or close-to-ceiling light fixtures over-head
- Recessed lights across the ceiling
A living room ceiling fan with a “light kit” attached
What is Task Lighting?
Task lights shine bright light on specific tasks and allow you to highlight a more specific area – next to a chair, over a table, in a cozy corner, etc. These living room lamp ideas help you to perform tasks where you need brighter light to see.
Types of lights for more specific living room activities include:
- Table lamps next to a chair or sofa or in the corners of the room
- Reading lamps next to a chair or couch
- Desk lamps on a desk where you might handle paperwork
- Task lamps designed for hobbies and crafts
- Full spectrum lamps which are excellent next to a chair for reading or crafts
- Some smaller pendants and swag lights positioned over a seating area
- Swing-arm lamps and wall lights which can extend out close to a chair or table
- Piano lamps or banker’s lamps which provide focused downward light over a piano or keyboard
What is Accent Lighting?
Accent lights are more for decoration and add subtle touches to a living room’s lighting. They show off certain features in the room and add a soft local glow in specific areas.
- Types of lighting for accenting your living room decor include:
- Accent lamps, novelty lamps and decorative tiffany lamps
- Up-lights or can lights positioned near the floor shining upwards
- Spot lights and picture lights for highlighting artwork and other living room decorations