Looking for living room lighting ideas for your home? In today’s blog, the interior design experts at Star Furniture provide ideas and tips to help you discover how to light a living room the right way.
Living Room Lighting Idea #1: Layer Your Lighting
Don’t settle for just one source of light. In fact, interior designers recommend layering different types of lighting throughout the room. In a living room, for example, you might have traditional overhead lighting for ambiance, table lamps for optional task lighting, and accent lighting to highlight wall art groupings. When choosing your different types of lighting for your living room, keep in mind the main uses of the room and what role lighting plays in those uses. If, for example, you often read on the couch, you’ll want to include task lighting to make sure you have enough light in that area.
Living Room Lighting Idea # 2: Reflect the Light You’ve Got
Whether it’s natural lighting from windows or accent lighting from the wall sconces you installed, mirrors can reflect and amplify the lighting in your living room. Simply hang a mirror directly across from the light source to reflect the light across the room. Not only will this help brighten a dark living room, but it can also make the room appear larger and more open by creating the illusion of depth. Similarly, painting the walls white and choosing white furniture can also help reflect light, while darker colors will absorb it.
Living Room Lighting Idea #3: Light Up the Corners
Whether you’re decorating a small living room, a large living room, or a long and narrow living room, an oversized floor lamp in an otherwise unoccupied corner can go a long way in tying the room together. Not only will it add light to what would be a drab corner, but by choosing a lamp that complements the décor of your living room in material, style, or finish, you can make the room seem more intentional and polished. Remember, you’ll want to create some contrast between the light at the center of the room and around the perimeter, as the subtle interplay between light and dark is what creates the visual appeal in a room.
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