Living room lighting
aims to eliminate dark rooms and enhance visibility,
comfort and add to the aesthetic sense of the room.
Living room light plays an important role in
decorating living rooms. Changing the wall color may
also warrant the change in living room lighting. Walls
with light and cool colors may have different needs
than the ones with deep and rich colors.
Living room lighting ideas
generally include layers of lighting such as general lighting,
ambient lighting and task lighting. In a living room with deep
colored walls, brightness is an essential point to keep in mind.
General lighting such as ceiling lighting generally diffuses
modest amount of light over a large area, which may be
insufficient to brighten up a dark living room or living room
walls in deep colors.
Ambient lighting, as the name suggests, helps to create a
particular mood or ambience in the room and can be achieved by
indirect lights such as down lights and up lights that seem to
throw a glow of light in a flushing pattern up or down the wall
and give a din glow throughout the room. They immediately attract
attention. Task lighting helps you to do specific tasks
efficiently. In a dark romantic living room with dim lights, you
will need to use task lights that will brighten up certain work
areas such as reading area and sewing area, so you have ample
light while working and do not have to strain your eyes.
Decorative lighting is usually of fashionable type to give the
unique and rich feel to the room.
Permanent lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and sconces along
with portable lighting systems such as table lamps are usually a
part of decorative lighting in the living rooms. Chandeliers add
sparkle to the entire living room. The brightest chandeliers are
the ones with clear bulbs and made up of crystal or glass though
nowadays they are available in variety of options. Table lamps are
decorative just because of the sheer variety in which they are
available but they are quite functional too and can make good task
lights for quite reading.
You may choose three-way bulbs in which you can choose the light
intensity depending on what purpose you are using the lamp at the
moment. Focal Lighting helps you to highlight a particular artwork
or display of collectibles and curios in the living room. They may
or may not throw silhouettes on the wall depending on how you want
to arrange it. It is also known as accent lighting and make your
art, sculpture or favorite part of your room, the focal point of
the room. You may use recessed lights, adjustable down lights and
track lighting for the purpose. A darker living room wills use
more lighting options than a lighter living room.
Light up a home theater well and you can instantly jazz up your
living room. You can use living room light on side walls and use
several down lights creating a valance projecting light along the
wall. You may also use a pair of wall sconces on the side wall.
When you are watching a show, you may prefer dim lights, so make
arrangements for that. You may also use low dim accent lights to
highlight a particular media related collectible in the living
room and have recessed down lights installed above your seating
area. Understand that living room lighting can change the color
and look of your room too, so do not overlook it when you are
remodeling the house.