Proper lighting is vital for any room in a home and this fact is even more important in the living room because it’s the place where your family spends most of their leisure time. Besides having a flat-screen TV and a comfy seating arrangement, proper living room lighting is necessary to create a positive feeling enhancing the mood and highlighting the design of the room.
A well-lit room is warm and welcoming and cannot be achieved with only one type of light. Every room should have ambient, task, and accent lighting. Putting your lighting plan together can be done in three layers. Follow along and see the options available for living room lighting that can transform your place and make your home more enjoyable.
The 1st Layer: Establishing Necessary Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting is the functional foundation of a lighting plan but can be equally striking as a stand out light fixture as with chandeliers. Pendants, flush mounts, and semi-flush mounts can also serve as the primary lighting source.
TIP: To determine a room’s ambient lighting requirement. Multiply the room’s square footage by 1.5 to determine the minimum number of watts needed from incandescent bulbs. For example a 15’ x 15’ room contains 225 square feet, which multiplied by 1.5 equals 338 watts needed for ambient lighting.
Machine age accents and the classic architecture of a vaulted lantern come together in this gorgeous Vestal Chandelier that can easily be the main source of the ambient lighting in your living room. It’s a striking and distinctive fixture that can add a timeless and beautiful element to your living room. Taking 8, 60-watt bulbs, this chandelier has a total output of 480 watts and can easily illuminate a living room space.
Portland Island Light
Classic coach lamp styling is the inspiration for the Portland collection. Authentic detailing and clean-lined sophistication with streamlined cylindrical cages and opal glass shades add rustic charm with contemporary allure. Hang it over a small seating area for a bit of the unexpected. Like a bit of jewelry for your space, these three 100-watt bulbs can bring a nice ambient glow to your living room.
Chandler Flush Mount
With an aged brass finish and opal glass shade, this Chandler flush mount fixture features a four-leaf clover design. The combination of cast metal frame and the milky white opaque shade makes this fixture a perfect fit to any style, from modern to Mediterranean. Flush mounts are specifically designed for rooms with low ceilings. It emits an inviting glow that ensures shadow-free ambient lighting in a smaller cozier living room.
The 2nd Layer: Task Lighting Specific to Each Room’s Use
The next step in a lighting plan is determining the various activities carried-out in a given space. Identify the areas and how you will use them to help you decide which style of task lighting is best whether it comes from pendants, wall mounts or portables.
TIP: To determine how many watts of incandescent light are needed for task lighting, multiply the square footage of the task area by 2.5. If your reading area is 3’ x 5’, multiply 15 (the number of square feet) by 2.5 to determine that 38 is the minimum wattage output you will need from an incandescent fixture.
Add visual drama and ensure well-layered illumination in a space in your living room with this hanging Naples Pendant. Featuring show-stopping glass baubles it adds lively passion without overpowering the ambience of a room. Its simple design lends a modern appeal that can be customized with one of five different shade options to express your own personal style. It can add a unique visual in a modern industrial setting or an elegant touch in a more luxurious room. This pendant can add stylish supportive lighting to a reading nook in your living room.
Sheffield Wall Sconce
Installing wall sconces around the perimeter of the living room allow you to dim the chandeliers and cast a layer of soft lighting around the face and torso area. This chic, single-light Sheffield wall sconce is a perfect fixture to set the mood for entertaining guests. It’s seen here in the old bronze finish. The metal arm curves in sensual organic style. The exquisite details on the back plate are eye-catching and the ribbed textural shade can change the ambience of a space through subtle illumination.
Deyo Table Lamp
Like a bit of modern sculpture, the Deyo table lamp balances a wide-body drum shade with uniquely counterpoised aged brass metalwork. In mid-century modern style, create a lovely, well-lit environment in the living room with this lamp. If you have a small side table in the living room for reading purposes, this lamp would be the perfect choice.
Girard Floor Lamp
This Girard Floor Lamp, shown in an aged silver finish, is a beautiful interpretation of the chic vintage industrial styles found in America’s workshops. A unique style that is warm, inviting, and graceful, this lamp works best by your favorite armchair or over the corner of your sofa. Curl up with a book under its direct lighting. The arm can be positioned just where you need the light – be it a reading nook or a coffee table.
The 3rd Layer: Accent Lighting the Finishing Layer
Ambient and task lighting are essential to the functionality of a room, but accent lighting highlights the design of the room, its architectural elements and décor. Find the features you want to focus on in your living room, interesting details like your fireplace, a painting or sculpture, or even an antique sideboard, then select an accent light fixture.
TIP: To get the full effect, it should be three times brighter than the ambient light surrounding the area of focus.
Garden City Wall Sconce
The Garden City Wall Sconce here in a polished nickel finish is a treat for the eye. This version with a white glass shade and an industrial style metal socket adds a hint of traditional style but has a modern look at the same time. Wall sconces provide accent lighting that is useful for highlighting architectural or decorative interest. Two sconces like this one flanking the fireplace mantel will draw attention to its architecture and make the area an ideal place for intimate gathering.
Merrick Picture Light
This stylish Merrick Display Light is available in historic nickel finish. With adjustable arms and shade for customizing light direction, this traditional light can highlight your pictures or paintings or used decoratively as uplighting on a wall. Because of its sleek, cylindrical shape, it works in interiors of any size and color scheme.
Tuckahoe Wall Sconce
Wall sconces can bring attention to distinctive features of your home. Perhaps you’d like to highlight the stone columns around your living room? The Tuckahoe wall sconce could be placed strategically around the room, adding brilliant uplight illumination with its cylindrical opal glass column and alabaster shade. With the cast metal core, this delightful, functional fixture offers lighting that emits an elegant glow with a sophisticated style. Its cone and ball motif adds a classic to