Light up your living room with lighting ideas for creating that all–important ambiance
The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself – what is the importance of the room for you? Different rooms and different activities call for different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room should ideally have three different types of lighting – general, task and accent. These can be used at different times of day and for various purposes. Remember – the key to a functional lighting idea is to know how and when to mix and use them. Most homes do not have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if sufficient natural light streams in during the day, then possibly you may not need overhead lighting at all. However, if you have a ceiling fitting, a central pendant or a chandelier will help to liven up the space and create a focus.
Similarly, angled spotlights will successfully create an even layer of overhead lighting. On the other hand, if you don’t have any overhead lights, a large arced floor lamp would do the trick. If you are a television buff, then choose the surrounding lights carefully to avoid any television glare. Also, ensure that the ceiling lights are dimmable, or use offset wall sconces or floor lamps instead. Low-level table lamps and floor lamps help to create a cozy atmosphere in the living room, especially at night. Evenly space them throughout the room, usually toward the walls, to create an even, warm glow that bounces inwards. Be creative and see the difference it brings to your living room.