Published on June 27th, 2014 | by Mark Griffin
Tips for Lighting Up Your Living Room
The living room is one of the most important rooms of your home. It’s where you will most likely spend the most of your time as a family and where you will entertain friends or cuddle up on the sofa to watch a film.
It’s the heart of the home a place for relaxing, reading, conversation, socialising and entertainment in your home, which is why it is important to get the lighting right.
When you are lighting your living room, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself in order to choose the right lighting solutions. Here are some of the factors that you should consider:
What Do You Need When?
One of the first things to keep in mind is how you use the room. For example, if you like to use the large recliner for reading in the evenings, you will want to have some direct task lighting next to it. If you use the living room in the evening for watching films, you will want to have lighting that you can dim to create a cinema atmosphere. Think about all of the ways that you use your living room so that you can determine the best possible lighting solution for you.
Consider the Atmosphere You Are Creating
Think about the mood that you want the room to have and the different atmospheres you want to create. This can be achieved by dimming the light levels or by using RGB to mix different colours.
For example, if you want to create a warm, relaxing and welcoming atmosphere with your lighting you can choose LED lights that can change colour and you can programme them to change depending on what mood lighting you want.
Installing a dimmer and dimmable lighting will enable you to set the light levels dependent upon the task required or mood you want to create.
How Big is the Room?
It is the size of the room that will determine the size and style of lighting and the quantity required.
The height of the ceiling is an important consideration when looking at ceiling fittings, as you need to ensure you will not cause an obstruction or bang your head!
If you have a large room you might be able to use a large chandelier, but it could look out of place within a smaller room.
If you have a smaller room, you can achieve a good lighting scheme by using a mix of styles including recessed fittings, LED strip lights, wall lights and floor and table lamps positioned throughout the room.
Consider Any Problem Areas
Are there any problem areas or dark corners within the living room that require extra light? Make sure that you address these and find a lighting solution that works for them. For example, you could add table lamps which provide attractive pools of light throughout the evening and the day, or LED strip lights to illuminate a shadowy area.
Make Sure the Lighting is Balanced
When you are lighting up your living room, you should make sure that the lighting is equally balanced over the entire room. Too much lighting in one area of the room will unbalance the lighting scheme and could lead to overly bright area and dark areas of a room resulting in a unpleasant look and feel. Think about the room as a whole so that you can make sure that each part has enough lighting for the purpose you are using it for. This is especially important if you have a large living room that you are using for many purposes, such as a home office, a television area, a lounge area and a dining area.
What About the Colour of Light?
This is a factor that many homeowners are not aware of, but it is important to choose the colour of the light when you are choosing lighting options for your home. Different light bulbs offer a range of colours, from bright white light to a more yellowish tone. For example, if you have a room that is on the north side of the house it will likely have less daylight, so you can invest in bulbs that will create the feeling of daylight with a bright white LED light. However, if you want to create a warmer and cosier feeling you can use lights that give off a warmer glow to help replicate sunlight.
Another factor to consider is the direction that the lights are pointing in. Do you want spotlights to highlight a particular area or a feature in the room? Or wall lights that will project a soft wash of light either up or down the wall? You will probably want to have lights pointing in a number of different directions, so that you can cover all of your bases and make the lighting as practical as possible.
These are just a few important factors that you should keep in mind when you are lighting up your living room, so that you can create stylish and practical lighting solutions that will work for your needs.