Lighting living room – The living room serves multiple purposes in a home: This area can host family celebrations or serve as an oasis after a long day (and everything in between). Furniture accents, like a sofa or coffee table, can play a part in the ambience of this cherished room, but lighting is another feature that can truly set the tone for this space.

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When thinking about the best lighting for your living room, Shari Francis, the owner and lead designer at Dadapt, suggests understanding how your space functions beforehand, which will allow you to choose from one of three lighting types—ambient, task, and accent—or utilize a combination. “If your living room is primarily for lounging, reading, and watching TV, then adding task and accent lighting, like a floor lamp by your sofa, is a good idea for functional use and creating a comfortable setting,” she says. “Multi-functional rooms with the inclusion of living rooms may require more than just general ambient light, which is usually an overhead spotlight. You may have several areas where tasks are required and you want to accommodate task, ambient, or accent lighting.”

Don’t be afraid to get playful with your design scheme when incorporating lighting, either. “If you have art pieces hung on the wall or over the fireplace, consider art lights or track lighting to create more of a focal point,” Abbe Fenimore, the founder and principal designer at Studio Ten 25, explains. “Try infusing lighting fixtures that coordinate together and complement each other instead of matching exactly. Mixing metals and incorporating the right scale for your room will allow your lighting to become part of the overall design instead of awkwardly sticking out.” Are you looking to revamp your living room’s lighting scheme? Then get ready for even more inspiration. Ahead, our interior designers share their favorite ways to add lighting to a living room with plenty of function and style.

Ceiling Lights

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Transform your living room into a captivating haven with the enchanting allure of ceiling lights. Illuminate your space with a touch of elegance and sophistication by choosing from a wide array of stunning designs. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a vintage-inspired ambiance, ceiling lights offer a versatile solution to enhance the beauty of your living room. Create a warm and inviting atmosphere with soft and diffused lighting, or make a bold statement with striking pendant lights. With ceiling lights, you can elevate your living room’s aesthetic and create a truly mesmerizing space for relaxation and entertainment.

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“I like to create a cove or tray ceiling as both an architectural element and a vehicle for beautiful indirect lighting,” Freeman explains of his living room design pictured here. “LED tape allows us to create an invisible light source that softly illuminates the room and the people in it—it’s so flattering to everything and everyone.”

Layer Lighting Types

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Elevate the ambiance of your living room by incorporating layered lighting. Combine different types of lighting, such as overhead fixtures, table lamps, and floor lamps, to create depth and visual interest in the space. Use overhead lights to provide general illumination, while table and floor lamps can add task lighting and create cozy nooks. By layering lighting, you can achieve a versatile and inviting atmosphere that suits various activities and moods.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet evening at home, layered lighting will enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your living room.

Wall Lights

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Wall lights are a fantastic addition to your living room decor, providing both functionality and style. These fixtures can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your space while illuminating specific areas or creating a warm glow. Install wall sconces on either side of a fireplace or artwork to highlight their beauty, or use them as ambient lighting to create a cozy atmosphere.

With a wide range of designs and finishes available, wall lights offer endless possibilities to enhance the aesthetics of your living room and create a welcoming ambiance.

Add Lighting Throughout Your Shelves

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Transform your living room into a captivating and well-lit space by adding lighting throughout your shelves. Illuminate your decor and showcase your cherished items with strategically placed LED strip lights or discreet spotlights. This lighting technique not only adds a warm and inviting glow to your living room but also highlights your favorite books, art pieces, and decorative objects.

With shelf lighting, you can create a cozy and visually appealing atmosphere, giving your living room a touch of elegance and sophistication. Let your shelves shine and create a stunning focal point in your living space.