HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT LIGHTING FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LIVING ROOM LIGHTING TO DO?
When you are searching for ways to effectively light up your living room space it is important to consider that there are various types of lighting that needs to be incorporated as they all serve various purposes. Lighting up your living room space effectively is important as it sets the mood for the space and can drastically impact the way you, your family and guests feel in the space. Lighting is not only for decoration, it also has a function – to light up a space for you to be able to see everything, therefore it is important that you choose the correct lighting to properly light up the space.
1 FIND THE LIGHT CORRECT SOURCE
A very common mistake that most people make when adding lighting to the living room, is that they try to light up the whole space with one light source. This causes harsh lighting to be used that does not create any sense of ambiance and causes the room to feel too brightly lit and as if you are under a floodlight. The best-lit living rooms have various layers of lighting that all work together. It is important that you incorporate overhead lighting, standing lighting as well as accent lighting.
2 PROPERLY DETERMINE THE FUNCTION OF THE SPACE
In order to start planning out what types of lights you need in your living room, you need to determine what the function of the space is. If you living room is more of a formal sitting area then your overhead lighting can be more decorative instead of functional, and the side lamps and standing lamps do not need to be as functional, they can be more decorative as these types of rooms are not as frequently used. If your living room is more of a family living room where you will be spending a lot of time watching the television, reading books or just relaxing then your choice of lighting will be very different. In these types of family rooms, it is important that you overhead pendant lighting is bright enough to properly light up the space, then your floor lamps and side lamps need to be able to light up their surrounding area effectively to ensure that when the main pendant lights are off there is still enough light omitted to light up the space directly around the light.
Another factor to consider is the size of the room. If your living room is very big then you will need to split the room into zones to ensure that there is sufficient lighting so that each space can be lit up properly. If you living room is smaller then you will not need as many light sources and you can play around with a few side lamps rather than having to include side lamps and floor lamps.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIGHTS
As we have mentioned, there are various different types of lights and they all serve different purposes. For example, a table lamp is normally used to reflect the light out the top and bottom of the lamp shade spreading it out more below, whereas overhead lighting such as a pendant or chandelier may radiate light in all directions.
1 AMBIENT LIGHTING
Ambient lighting is not as stark or harsh as normal overhead lighting, it is softer and helps to create a certain mood in the room. Ambient light will fill the room but may not provide sufficient light for specific activities like reading to occur. Most ambient light is usually provided by overhead living room lighting fixtures.
OUR FAVOURITE AMBIENT PENDANT LIGHTS
The Athena Pendant Light allows the warm glow of your light to shine through, beautifully illuminating your space. The Athena Pendant shape is a charming twist that catches everyone’s eye.
Create the illusion of a starry night inside your own home with the Virgo Pendant. The matte black shade allows rays of ambient light to shine through the speckled effect creating a soft, cosy glow.
Task lights are different to ambient lights in the sense that the are not there for decoration, they have a function and serve a direct purpose. Task lights shine bright light in a specific area in order for a specific task to be carried out and completed, such as reading or knitting or working. Task lights are often placed on side tables, in cosy corners next to occasional chairs or next to chairs.
OUR FAVOURITE FLOOR LAMPS AND SIDE LAMPS
The Cosmo Side Lamp brings warmth into and room in your home with its golden accents and glass lamp shades the unique and interesting design will automatically draw attention
The Harvey Resin Ashwood Side Lamp brings warmth into the room with its golden base and neutral lampshade and draws your attention with its uniquely shaped base. The style and design of this side lamp make it perfect to style on a side table or use as a bedside lamp in your family living room.
The Jennifer Table Lamp is the perfect way to shine some light and make a bold statement at the same time. Its golden stem paired with the marble base are the perfect pair and fit right in on any side table or desk. The design and style of the Jennifer Table Lamp will perfectly complement any home office or living room. The marble base adds height to the warm glow created.
The Bailey Floor Lamp catches the eye with its silver stand and industrial inspired shade. Styled in your favourite reading nook, or angled over your sofa, this lamp brings both light and style to your space! The modern and sleek design of this floor lamp will complete any corner in your home by adding a touch of light with a glamorous edge.
A sleek standing lamp that suits a variety of settings from contemporary, rustic, traditional to loft style. Highlighted by 3 sturdy wooden legs, the standing floor lamp stands out in any décor. Aside the obvious value, users appreciate how simple the Eiffel Floor Lamp is. The lampshade in a natural-look fabrics mimics the organic feel of the design while diffusing the glow from the light bulb.
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