Adequate lighting in the living room allows you to safeguard your view and recreate a relaxing and functional environment through the right decorative lamps.
Where to place these lamps depends on the assessment of the areas that need more lighting.
Evaluating the specific spaces in which to direct the artificial light is also an important element for the furnishing of the living room, as it allows you to highlight the details that your client does not want to leave muted, such as paintings and other furnishing elements .
You must always keep in mind the fundamental role that light has for psychophysical balance and how, consequently, the quality of lighting determines the level of comfort of an environment.
Better lighting in the living room, therefore, proves to be essential for living a serene and pleasant atmosphere, in which to make the most of every moment that your customer lives in this area of the house.
Many times the lighting of the living room is entrusted to a single ceiling chandelier, installed in the center of the room: the chandelier illuminates with a diffused light, but often the use of this installation alone is not sufficient to adequately illuminate the whole environment.
6 tips on how to illuminate the living room by choosing the most suitable solutions for each environment
In the living room, in fact, each family member performs different activities, such as reading, conversing, staying on the PC, playing games, watching TV and so on. Since everyone has different lighting needs, it is not easy to obtain lighting that is suitable for all activities.
Let’s see, therefore, what are the right decorative lights to optimally illuminate the living room. Specifically, we will analyze the qualities of:
- Chandeliers ;
- Table lamps;
- Floor lamps;
- Wall lamps;
- LED profiles;
- Recessed spotlights.
We continue step by step.
1. Yes to chandeliers and modern style chandeliers
These solutions provide a powerful beam of light in the central area of the environment, generally illuminating the entire space, especially if you are careful with some precautions and orient your choice towards more modern solutions.
You could, for example, choose chandelier models with multiple light points, which means having more bulbs available where to place the bulbs, in order to better distribute the light in the room and customize the lighting in the living room.
For example, if your client’s living room also serves as a dining room, you can think of pointing a light point to the center of the table, so as to obtain good direct lighting during the meal, and two more towards the spaces on the sides of the sofa for comfortable lighting for activities such as reading.
From the point of view of design, a good chandelier must integrate well with the style of the furniture!
For this reason, it is important that you choose it well, both in terms of functionality and appearance, as your choice will ensure that the chandelier proves to be an excellent piece of furniture, functional and pleasant, for the living room at home.
2. Table lamps: between lighting and design
In types of living rooms that include a desk, a desk or one or more coffee tables, the choice of the table lamp is absolutely not to be excluded.
We can say that the table lamp is not only a lighting tool, but a real protagonist in the living room furniture.
Precisely because of the great stage presence that distinguishes it from other types of lamp, especially if the living room also includes support surfaces such as consoles, chests of drawers, its ideal lighting can leverage the splendid lamps available on the market, sometimes specially created to enhance the furniture and thus become a prominent element within the living area.
This variant of lighting for the living room is very versatile precisely because of the possibility of moving the light point at will even from one piece of furniture to another, creating a connection between the different functional areas, from the living room to the dining room.
3. Floor lamps: practical and excellent for an intimate atmosphere
To further enhance the ambient lighting, the floor lamps represent the ideal solution.
They are commercially available in the most varied shapes and sizes, and are able to give off a beautiful warm and soft light throughout the room.
The great advantage of the floor lamps is that they do not need any type of assembly for installation, as it is enough to insert the plug into the socket to make it work.
The use of this type of lamp, therefore, allows you to obtain the ideal light for every activity carried out in the living room.
A good reading point allows you to enjoy good lighting so as not to strain your eyes while using the PC or while watching TV, and so on, simply by placing the floor lamp near the sofa or armchair.
Another very functional solution is represented by floor lamps with a flexible structure, thanks to which your customer can freely orient the light beam where he wishes or in some brand new models, he can even move the light sources from the floor lamp to the chandelier or to wall lamps.
The advantage of all floor lamps is that they can be easily moved, which makes them easily adaptable to any possible variation in the arrangement of the furnishings. In addition, the lighting they provide is both effective and intimate.
4. Wall lamps: the perfect combination of functionality and design
The wall lamps are furnishing elements that can perfectly combine the functional and aesthetic aspects, especially in contemporary models, which can offer a high added value in terms of design.
The main advantage of wall lighting is that it eliminates any size. In addition, you can play with this lighting and obtain particular effects, for example by placing light points on the wall behind the sofa. In this case, the choice of the light source is fundamental.
You can decide the degree of lighting in the room, you must carefully select the type of light source, paying particular attention to the color. It depends on the level of temperature reached, measured in Kelvin (K), and is a value shown on the back of the package.
Remember that lamps between 2700 and 3200 K will provide you with a warm white light, while between 3500 and 5000 K you will have a cold white light
5. LED profiles: ideal solution for a living room in a minimalist or non-minimalist style
Are you wondering how to illuminate the living room with an equally suitable alternative, which can guarantee maximum energy savings and functionality, but without sacrificing style? Why not rely on the optimal lighting of lamps and LED strips.
This solution was usual to find in minimalist-style living rooms, but today it is frequently used in all types of living rooms as decorative and effect lighting.
You can think of installing the LED strips along the profiles of walls, floors or false ceilings, depending on the luminous result that your customer wants to obtain, in addition to the remaining lighting technology present.
You can choose classic LED lights, with cold or warm light, to be installed alone or by integrating them with colored variants, often remotely adjustable, to experiment with various chromotherapy-proof living room lighting alternatives.
If you can choose and carefully position both the spotlights and the LED profiles, you can create a very pleasant stylistic contrast even in warmer and more rustic contexts.
6. Recessed spotlights: one of the most popular lighting solutions for the modern living room
Recessed spotlights are a useful choice to illuminate the living room with style and without any bulk.
They can be LED, with warm or cold light, and are ideal in the presence of false ceilings or walls and ceilings with a linear and simply plastered surface. The advantages of recessed ceiling spotlights are:
- They ensure a deep brightness and maximum discretion to the whole size, if you prefer a modern and minimalist interior design style;
- They allow you to draw the contours of the environment along the entire perimeter length and to highlight only one part of the brickwork, depending on the effect that your customer wants;
They allow you to provide for a split of the system by portions of space, so that your customer can regulate its switching on by alternating the light points on the areas of the living room to be illuminated at will.
Okay to chic taste lamps, but be careful to place them in the right scenery
Simple, discreet and in some way, as we have seen, imperceptible lighting is the essence of a living room.
It is also true, however, that the most chic variants of lamps and chandeliers must never be neglected, which become real pluses where, however, the living room is well inclined to incorporate them.
More than the living room, your customer will be more or less inclined, as always, since he chooses the style with which to personalize the spaces of his home.
Here, therefore, that a luminous complement with an eye-catching design given by a more iconic installation, is not always feasible: you must carefully consider whether such a choice can make a difference within the space.
Combining utility and style: here’s how to best illuminate the living room
We have seen how lighting the living room by taking care of the careful selection of the most suitable decorative lamps for the living room is not a task to be taken lightly, since it is a matter of taking a conscious choice that will inevitably affect the style and, consequently, the personality of your client’s living room.
Usually, it is good practice to choose a system of lights to integrate in a stylistically harmonious way both with each other and with the furnishing elements already present in the living room, avoiding to combine lamps with a particularly important or iconic design in the same portion of space.
However, for those who want a more eclectic lighting style for their living room, you can dare with a calibrated mix & match of lamps, always on condition that they are coherent and well blended.