How To Plan Living Room Lighting

Our living rooms have become multifunctional spaces these days, needing to be able to be a cinema and TV room, a quiet reading nook, post-dinner drinks venue, and just somewhere to lazily lounge.

If you’re looking at refurbishing your living room, then it’s essential to plan your lighting solutions to get the best out of the room. Most living rooms are already bright and welcoming places, but to create warmth, ambience, and drama once the sun goes down, you’ll need a combination of different types of lighting.

The key is to add lighting in layers and to accomplish this first, you need to know how you want to feel in the room, and secondly, what you want to use the room for. Here is our brief guide to the three main types of lighting for the living room.


1. Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is the foundation on which to build your lighting. Ambient lighting is the general or background lighting, which gives overall illumination to the room. For living rooms, this would typically include a ceiling light fitting, spotlights, and fixed wall lights, as well as natural light.


2. Task lighting

The name says it all. This is the lighting you need to be able to perform certain tasks, from reading, cooking, or working. In a living room, this includes table lamps, adjustable floor lamps, swing arm lamps, and moveable wall lights.


3. Accent or mood lighting

Accent lighting is about casting a glow on your favourite things or features. It can provide atmosphere and influence the mood of the room and is often used to highlight architectural features and important objects, as well as drawing the focus away from less pleasing areas.

In a living room, this would include picture lights, niche lighting, and lighting inside display cabinets.


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