How You can Best Utilise the Proper Lighting for Your Living Room Area
Whilst you may have different rooms in the home, such as the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, the dining area, the loft, and more, the living area is one room which we can honestly say gets a lot of activity. The living area serves as a prime area in any home, a place where family members and friends can relax, watch a little television, lounge around, and do other tasks and activities. But have you ever really given serious thought to how your living area should be lit? Mind you, the right lighting for your living room area will not only change the room’s look, feel, and overall ambience – it will also contribute to how you feel when you are in that room; it contributes to your mood.
We spend a lot of time in the living area for various reasons. But frankly speaking, it’s not so easy to ‘light up’ your living area when it serves a variety of purposes. What kind of lighting is best? What functions do you want the lighting fixtures to have? The key is balance, as the experts will tell you. Here, then, is how you can best utilise the proper lighting for your living area.
Your first task
Before you even choose a light fixture, you should first ask yourself this important question: “What occurs in this room?” In other words, you have to determine what exactly happens in the living area, whether it’s used as a room for relaxation by the family, whether it’s a place where you do certain chores or where your kids do their homework, or whether it’s where you bring guests in order to impress them with your domain. If your living area serves a broad purpose, meaning that it’s a place where you relax, perform tasks, and impress guests and visitors (as is so often the case), then it follows that you need three kinds of lighting – task lighting, general lighting, and accent lighting. You can now begin determining which types of lighting are suitable for these three main purposes.
Utilising task lighting for your living area
Just as its name implies, task lighting is, well, for certain tasks that you perform in the living area. If you like mending clothes whilst in the living area, then you need task lighting. If you like reading whilst lounging in the living area, then you need task lighting. Task lighting offers a beam or focused lighting on a particular point of the living area, and it can be accomplished with the right placement of lamps, spotlights, and so on. Take particular advantage of floor lamps, table lamps, and lights from the ceiling, such as downlights. One particular type that’s very effective is GU10 LED downlights.
Utilising general lighting for your living area
General lighting usually refers to lighting that will serve to light your living room area, such as an overhead lighting fixture. One great choice for an overhead fixture is a chandelier (it also adds a touch of personality to your living room) or a central lighting pendant. You can also make use of angled lights and potlights to create a layer of lighting. Curved floor lamps can lend a more dramatic look. If you like watching television in your living area, make sure the lights you choose will not interfere with the glare from the TV, as it can be a source of distraction. This is also where ceiling-installed lights such as downlights can come in handy, especially if they have a dimmable feature. Wall sconces can also serve as a great option for general lighting.
Utilising accent lighting for your living room area
Accent lighting is important if you want to lend a cosy, welcoming feel and ambience to your living room. Accent lighting can be achieved with the use of low-level lamps placed strategically on side tables, and floor lamps can give your living area more vibrant feel, especially during nighttime. These accent lights should be evenly placed at different areas of the room, especially near the walls. Even candles can serve as accent lighting if placed in the right area.
A tip from the experts
Whilst it’s exciting to finally be able to light up your living room area in the proper way, remember this: over-lighting is not good, either. Beware of getting carried away and overly-lighting up your living area. For example, whilst recessed lighting is always a good addition, make sure your ceiling is not dotted with it. A large central chandelier or pendant is always better than two or three small chandeliers or pendants, which can serve as a distraction and make your living area look too ‘busy.’ When looking for a chandelier or central light pendant, think simple but striking, like wearing a fantastic piece of jewellery along with a simple yet elegant little black dress.
Yet another tip you can make use of: when placing sconces around your living area, try to have them installed in such a way that they don’t throw a direct beam of light right on top of a person’s head. In other words, install sconces and ceiling lights in the corners or directly on top of a coffee table rather than a chair or sofa. Your ceiling lights and sconces should not be installed in a place where there is a lot of living room traffic. Use sconces on the walls or as flanking for a mantelpiece, for example.
Also, whilst it’s important to choose lighting fixtures that are not too large for the space, it’s still better to choose a lighting fixture that is slightly large rather than too small. A light fixture that is too small for the space tends to be dwarfed by everything around it and will not be able to serve its purpose at all.
So there you have it – the proper way to utilise different types of lighting for your living area. Once all is said and done, you can now have a living or sitting room that’s not only cosy and welcoming, but striking and elegant as well.