16 Best Living Room Lighting Ideas
16 Best Living Room Lighting Ideas
Find inspiration for your home with these living room lighting ideas. From standing lamps to chandeliers, find a light that fits your style
What’s the point of having a beautifully designed space if you’re sitting in the dark? Lighting is one of the essential elements of a room and can impact how everything else—from the wall color to the art to the rug—looks. That’s why it’s important to plan your lighting design early and consider all the sources of light you’ll need, whether it's wall lights over the sofa for reading or an eye-catching chandelier that illuminates the whole room. If you’re ready to take your lighting to the next level, discover these genius living room lighting ideas that are sure to make your space brighter and more beautiful.
Focus on the Mix
A successful lighting design combines a number of light sources at different levels of the room. Add layers of light from a number of types of fixtures that can be used together or separately for a flexible space.
Find the Perfect Pair
Double your lighting pleasure with twin pendant lights. Hang matching pendant lights above your dining table to give the space a sense of balance and symmetry.
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Try Sculptural Sconces
Wall lights or sconces are a great way to add interest to an empty wall or frame the sofa or a work of art. They’re also ideal for small spaces and help free up floor or table space. Try a pair of colorful or sculptural sconces that will draw the eye and illuminate the space, or go for a solo light for a minimalist look.
Add a Centerpiece
Whether you go for a romantic chandelier or a modern pendant, a striking light fixture can complete a living room. Use the piece to brighten the seating area and create a focal point. Install a dimmer switch to be able to switch up the atmosphere and set the mood.
Add a Pop of Color
If your space is lacking a certain something, add a colorful lamp for an eclectic vibe.
Make It Art
Why have to settle for form or function? Get both by opting for a lamp that looks more like a piece of art than a light source.
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Don't Overlook Overhead Sources
If your room is large or lacking in natural light, a single ceiling fixture may not be enough. Consider using multiple overhead lights, such as recessed lighting paired with a pendant.
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Brighten the Mantel
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace in your living room, don’t leave it in the dark! Highlight the architectural feature by installing sconces or adding a pair of small lamps or candles to your mantel display.
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Choose a Lamp With Reach
If you don't have a ceiling fixture, consider a floor lamp that curves over the space. The piece will add light from above without the need to call an electrician.
Illuminate a Corner
A lonely armchair instantly becomes a cozy reading nook when you add a floor lamp. Take advantage of an empty corner and create a calm spot that’s perfect for curling up with a best-seller.
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Go for an Oversize Look
Make sure you get the most bang for your buck by hanging an oversize pendant light in your space. Never worry about not having enough light again.
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Opt for a Low-Hanging Light
Take advantage of your high ceilings (or even low ones) by dangling a low-hanging pendant light over your dining or kitchen table. This will add an unexpected layer to your space.
Find a Balance of Old and New
Mix vintage finds with modern accents to bring your space to life. If you have a spare chandelier just hanging around…even better.
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Cast a Glow
We love a good glow here at Clever. You know what we also love? A colorful glow. Cast a mysterious glow around your space using colored light bulbs behind any mirror in your home.
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Bring On the LED
Remember that glow we were talking about? Meet its cousin, the LED light. While neon is definitely a popular LED trend, it is most definitely not the only option. Rather than overpowering your space with a harsh color, go for a white light that will add the perfect amount of cool-kid vibes.
Don't Forget About Your Health
Hi, there! Here to remind you that certain lights can also be healing. Searching for some much needed R&R? Add a Himalayan salt lamp and enjoy all of its (apparent) air-purifying and mood-boosting vibes.