On this page you’ll find simple drawings for living room lighting ideas. In those fancy decor pictures it’s sometimes hard to focus your attention on the different layers of the lighting design. On this page, you can work through the ideas (and it’s a long page because I’ve lots of ideas for you) and think about which lighting options you’d like to include in your living room lighting design. There’s some real life lighting images at the bottom of the page.
First of all, let’s pause to think about the lighting requirements in a living room. Apart from the need of general lighting when it’s dark outside, what activities go on in your living room that should be taken into consideration? Maybe you relax, watch TV and read in your living room. Maybe you host a book club or a musical group. Think about all the different activities and what the lighting needs are.
For relaxing think of ways that the lighting can add atmosphere into the room, or pick out special objects or works of art that you can admire. When watching TV, light the room to enhance the experience. Make sure there’s enough light for reading in your favorite chair. You get the idea.
We’ll look at feature, task and ambient living room lighting ideas. We’ll start with the feature lighting options because they tend to be least obvious ideas and in my opinion, the most interesting.
Feature lighting with lamps
Obviously lamps don’t have to be wired in but it’s worth planning them into your living room lighting ideas so that you can make sure you have enough plug sockets in the right places. With really good planning, you can put in plug sockets that form a lamp circuit so that you can turn them all off with a switch on the wall. That saves a few steps every night walking round your room turning the lamps off.
Lamps come in all shapes and sizes. Let’s start with a lamp idea that adds atmosphere and a bit of personality. It’s a floor lamp, but not in traditional sense. It stands on the floor, but it’s not a tall lamp. The light source is kept near the floor with the light inside a translucent shade that can take on various shapes. I think it’s a bit like having a light pet.
Here’s another idea you can try with floor based lamps to create some dramatic lighting from behind an armchair or sofa. Again the lamp would sit on the floor behind your chairs and this time you need a lamp with a beam directed upwards.
or even more drama you can use a lamp below a plant to throw a shadow on the wall. It’s the last technique on the lighting design techniques page.
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