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When thinking about how to decorate their living room, most people focus on the furniture and colours, which is quite understandable. These elements are crucial for a great interior design, but they alone are definitely not enough if you want to achieve the best possible effect.
Lighting is one of those often neglected aspects of design that make a world of difference when it comes to the overall appeal. This is particularly true in regard to the living room, since it’s often the first and only room a visitor sees in your home, which is why it’s important to know a thing or two about how to properly light it up.
Generally speaking, a successful lighting scheme for the living room allows for various types and levels of light that can adjust and create a warm and inviting space. The emergence of new technologies such as LED lights, combined with dimmers, make this investment not only practical, but also quite beneficial from a financial point of view. So, let’s take a look at the options.
Accent lighting emphasizes certain features in the room, such as a painting, a fireplace or an architectural feature. If you use a table or floor lamp, you’ll be able to create a nice atmosphere, especially after the sunset.
Accent lighting can also be placed on the floor to illuminate a plant or in a form of track lighting to highlight some artwork. On the other hand, recessed lights or under-cabinet lights in a display case have the same effect. It’s important to know that you need about five times as much light as the surrounding general light to achieve the desired effect.
It’s this type of lighting that creates the feeling of warmth. Chandeliers, wall-mounted lights and ceiling lights illuminate the room enough to create an inviting atmosphere. This type of lighting is used the most, which means you should explore more energy-efficient solutions, such as dimmers and three-way HYPERLINK “https://home.howstuffworks.com/three-way.htm”switches.
If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of natural light during the day, you may not need overhead light, but a nice chandelier can be an excellent decorative element. Another option worth considering is a big, arched floor lamp. Finally, if you watch TV in the living room, make sure to avoid glare.
If you like to cuddle up with a book, you need a good task light that can make this possible. Having a portable lamp that serves this purpose is very useful when you want to be more flexible and rearrange your furniture.
Task lighting is also important if you don’t get enough natural light but need to work in the living room. Even a floor lamp between two armchairs can do the trick, but if you’re looking for a more demanding solution, it would be a good idea to consult a 24-hour electrician who can install or fix the kind of light you want.
Consider the size
Of course, the type of lighting depends largely on the size of your living room. For example, in a large living room, you may need to install more switches, thus creating more different options. Such switches should also be conveniently located so that you can access them easily. On the other hand, a small living room basically requires just one dimmer for the main light and possibly a few decorative additions.
The same room may look completely different when lighted properly. There is a reason why many designers specialize in this particular field, since no good interior design is complete without proper lighting.
Our moods and needs change and we need to have options to cater to those changes. With careful planning and selection of appropriate fixtures, we can improve both the practicality and the overall appearance of our home.