Lighting is perhaps one of the most important parts of an interior design. It helps spruce up and actually define the ambiance of a room. Plus, good layering of different light sources can add a lot of dynamic to even the most minimalist of rooms.
Good lighting is perhaps the most important aspect of a beautiful living room. Since it’s the center of relaxation and entertainment, it needs to be well-lit and beautiful in equal parts. So, if you’re wondering how you can choose the perfect lighting for your lounge, here’s a handy guide:
1. Tall floor lamp
A beautiful floor lamp can make a lot of difference in your living room ambiance, especially if you’re trying to get some task lighting for that comfy sofa reading. It’s best to place these lamps either beside your accent chair or in a corner behind the couch end table. Since they’re tall (and sometime arching), these floor lamps stand out on their own without any help from their surroundings. Your job is to pick the right place to feature them – that’s it.
2. Beautiful table lamp
Never underestimate the beauty of a stunning table lamp. These days, you can find them in so many unique designs. Some of them even have built-in flower pots that complement the light source. You should feature them in highly visible areas of your living room. The media console is a good option, but if that doesn’t sound good, then you can always put them on your end table with other decorative items.
3. Simple central pendant light
Gone are the days of heavy chandeliers. These days, homeowners opt for simple pendant lights (although they are slightly oversized) and place them in the center of the living room ceiling. They’re quite elegant and have the same statement worthy effect as a crystal chandelier. Their simple aesthetics are perfect for modern homes that lean away from traditionalism. But if you want something with a classic flair, then you can easily find more options in the market.
4. End table lamp with pretty shades
You can’t have a complete living room aesthetic without beautiful end table lamps to cap off the look. They come in unique and stylish designs with simple shades that glow when the lamp is lit within. You can also find them in various materials. Some homeowners prefer the cosmopolitan glamour of crystal lamp bodies while others appreciate modern metallic designs. If you want something timeless, than Tiffany lamps never go out of style!
5. Neon lights
If you want to deviate from the norm, then you can decorate your living rooms with beautiful, bold, and eye-catching neon lights. They come in bright, vibrant colors and are usually featured in elegantly spelled-out sentences, see below. They’re eclectic and can be personalized. You can choose them to feature a quote of your choice but many people prefer single words and feature them on their living room statement walls.
6. Niche lights
Many contemporary homes have built-in niches within their walls, and if yours does too, then you can opt for stunning niche lights. They typically comprise of downlighters, uplighters, or LED strip lights, which are all beautifully embedded within the recesses. When lit up, they exude a beautiful, romantic mood light that can be enjoyed even after the rest of the ambient ceiling lights have been switched off.
7. Rotating floor lamps / spotlight
While simple floor lamps are all well and good, you can’t deny the ergonomic beauty of rotating ones. They have a retro aesthetic and come in multiple finishes. Their tripod bases can make a nice design element and you can spruce them up with string lights, fake leaf vines, etc. You can place such lamps beside your couch so that the light source is easily rotated when you feel like changing the mood of the room.
Another option is a floor standing spotlight with a tripod stand. There are available in modern satellite look, mid-century Hollywood searchlight style, modern farmhouse, nautical or industrial vintage vibe.
Spotlight / Searchlight Gallery
8. Recessed media wall backlights
These days, modern media walls have become quite minimalistic, but they haven’t lost their glamour. This comes from the understated backlighting that redefines their straightforward aesthetics. The light source comes from LED strip lights that are installed within hidden coves built within the carpentry of such media walls. Sometimes, they’re even installed at the base of the media console.
9. Beautiful pendent clusters
Clustered pendant lights are an excellent way to imbue your living rooms with unfettered beauty and charm. However, the design of your pendant light matters a lot here, like those above. If you’re going with the simple Edison-bulb-on-string aesthetic, then you can pick out multiple such lights and hang them in bold clusters in the middle of your living room. But if your pendant light is more decorative, then it’s best that you don’t pick more than three different types.
10. Modern chandelier
If you’re searching for a bold, statement worthy ceiling centerpiece, then you can opt for a modern chandelier. These chandeliers are different, unique, and almost sculptural in aesthetics. They feature beautiful, contemporary, geometric designs that are branded on the simplest forms. It might be a circle-shaped light hanging from the center of your living room ceiling or it might be a single-line orbit-style light that catches every eye that enters the room.
11. Sculptural statement lights
Sculptural statement lights are one of the best lighting ventures that you can take on for your living rooms. They’re unique, classy, slim, austere, and have that glamorous, high-end appeal that can make your ambiance feel upscale. They should be placed in the very center of your living room ceiling. One can even say that they are futuristic alternatives to typical as well as modern chandeliers.
12. Unique sculptural floor lamps
A sculptural floor lamp can make your living room feel artistic and unique. Brands like Moooi etc. have a vast range of these, but you can also find many in accessible home décor stores. What sets them apart is that they don’t look like lamps. They look like a decorative accessory and when you light them up, it always catches everybody off-guard. They should be placed in a highly visible part of your living room for maximum visual impact.
13. Desk lamps for end tables
If you’re prone to working from your living rooms, then this is the kind of lighting that you need to choose. Putting a desk lamp with swing arm on your end table is not only stylish, but it’s also an incredible way to enhance your work focus while working from that sofa. Not only that, but if you’re a regular couch potato who even reads from the comfy recesses of your sofa, then a desk lamp on your end table is not just a decorative, but also a functional necessity.
14. Classic end table pendent lights
If you don’t like typical end table lamps, then you can light up your living rooms with pendant lights that hang above the end tabletop each. Their suspended aesthetic is highly attractive and they look highly unique when paired with the right furniture and accessories. You can choose the pendant light of your choice in a style that complements the overall ambiance and interior design theme of your living room.
15. Single hanging bulb
If you’re leaning towards simplicity and don’t want an elaborate light fixture to take away from your living room décor, then you can opt for a single string Edison bulb. You can hang it in the center of your ceiling and sway the rope to the side so that the bulb is suspended above your end table. It’s a beautiful and stylish way to light up your living room.
So, this is everything you need to know about choosing the perfect lighting for your living room. There are many options and we hope this guide helps you choose the perfect one for your own lounge.