Determining what to do to get the right lighting in your living room is actually harder than you think. Getting maximum light in your living room is not always the way to go. If you do it right good lighting can make or break your room.
Your living room is not the place to install so many lights that they cover every square foot of your room. Instead, think accent lighting and task lighting.
Remember to always have your lighting on dimmers when possible. This will allow you to change the accent at any time.
Wall sconces are a wonderful alternative to lamps. Overhead light can be harsh, and wall sconces save you space but give you a very desirable quality of light.
To have lighting be hidden use concealed lighting on top of tall armoires or up-lights on the ground behind large pieces of furniture. This will give you the effect you want without the lights being seen.
Floor Lamps and table lamps should be spread throughout the room to give you the light you need for most occasions. The size of the room will dictate how many lamps you need but generally three will do. Always try to make one be a floor lamp and remember the lighter the shade the more light you will get.
Don’t forget the classic chandelier. It can add some light, but more important, elegance and character for rooms with adequate height.
Also remember that if you have dark furniture and walls you will need more lighting to get the room just right. The colors of walls, floors, rugs, draperies and furniture can all affect light.
Natural lighting during daytime hours is our most efficient light source. And, it has become more common to do some light-related remodeling to increase its presence. Adding skylights, more or larger windows, glass doors, and cutting back outdoor plantings that block light can all provide dramatic results.
When choosing your lighting remember that LED bulbs are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and are more pleasing to the eye. The best part is that they last a lot longer and will save you a lot of money over the long run.