IMAGINE THIS: It’s almost nighttime, and it’s pouring outside.
You and your family are gathering in your living room. You’re exchanging stories about your respective days, and laughter ensues.
You look around the dimly lit room as the pitter-patter of the rain outside provides a soothing backdrop to the love and joy you are witnessing in front of you.
You decide to turn on the lights, but the harsh lighting just doesn’t seem to match the warm, fuzzy feeling that permeates the room.
Your living room is where you do most things. Whether it’s entertaining friends, spending some quality alone time, or creating fond family memories to look back on, this is a space in your home that’s considered sacred.
So, how do you make sure it’s as comfortable and as welcoming as possible?
The easiest way you can create a cozy and elevated living area is by incorporating the right lighting additions.
This article took some tips from Lamps Lab — the experts in lampshades and other light fixtures. To make sure you’re creating a space that you and your loved ones enjoy being in, here are 5 of their most crucial recommendations!
Ready to brighten up your living room? Let’s begin.
Living rooms do well with ambient lighting — lights that bounce off the ceiling for ambient illumination.
This creates an atmosphere of soft brightness that lessens unflattering shadows caused by harsh recessed lights. One way to achieve this is by getting table lamp sets for each end of your family sofa.
Table lamp sets offer a much-needed balance to your living room and provide you with softer lighting when needed.
You can also set table lamps on a console against your walls to provide some brightness along the edges of the room. For this setup, buffet lamps are your best bet for this setup since their height provides an illusion of a taller room.
To make sure you get the right table lamp size, here are some tips:
- Sit on the sofa or anywhere you will need your lamps to be.
- Measure the distance between the tabletop and your eyes.
The measurement you get 2 inches below your eye level is the perfect height for your table lamp.
If you own a lot of artworks or have decorative features in your living area, go for tall accent lamps.
They are usually bowl- or cone-shape lamps that offer soft upward accent lighting and help highlight architectural structures in your home. They also create an inviting atmosphere that warms up even the most minimalistic living rooms without resorting to harsh lighting.
We usually recommend accent lamps with dimmer switches, so you can easily adjust the lighting to your liking throughout the day.
Some tips when shopping for accent lamps:
- Additional light settings and dimmers should be considered if you want to customize your lighting.
- Look for lamps that softly diffuse light and avoid the ones with harsh lighting.
- Make sure that the lampshade effectively hides the socket, bulb, and other hardware.
Much like accent lamps, floor lamps provide soft, cozy lighting to any room by softly diffusing light.
Opt for floor lamps with shades made out of linen or other cloth materials for a more delicate effect. You can find ones with adjustable shades that can point either up or down, so you can have the option to tweak them how you like.
Look for floor lamps with multiple adjustable light fixtures to make the most out of your investment.
LED Standing Lamps
Go for LED standing lamps if you wish to shy away from the classic, traditional look.
They offer a more minimalist and modern look and feel without hurting your budget since LEDs are generally very cost-efficient. LED standing lamps also make great fixtures for your reading nooks.
If you’re looking to save on energy for your living area, we recommend task lamps. These lamps provide you with much-needed light without racking up your energy bill.
If you mostly work on your computer or write atyour desk, choosing a task lamp that points downward and provides enough brightness is key to avoiding eye strain.
For this type of lamp, you have a plethora of options to choose from, depending on your aesthetic. This way, you can hit two birds with one stone: Functionality and aesthetics.
And there you have it — our five recommendations for choosing a suitable lamp for your living room! We hope you were able to get some great ideas on how to liven up your space!