A guide to lighting

Ideally, the lighting design should be considered during construction, ensuring the provision of sufficient sockets and power connections in the correct places.

Finding the right lighting for any space can be an exciting challenge. The choice of light source is an important part of the lighting design in the living room: in addition to arrangement and selection of the lights, the light source determines the brightness and atmosphere of the room. Light-emitting diodes, LEDs, are more expensive, but have a much longer life than energy-saving lamps or conventional light bulbs and pay off quickly because of their lower power consumption.

The basis of living room lighting is the background ceiling lighting, which can be created by spotlights, ceiling lights, pendant lights, flexible cable or rod systems and/or a combination of several wall lights. Depending on the room conditions, the lamps can be placed in the middle of the room or spread over the ceiling. Pendant lights are often placed above the coffee table.

Your living room lighting needs to be practical, supplying the right amount of lighting for every occasion.

Here are some tricks that you can consider for your next lighting design.

Ceiling Lights

In the majority of living rooms, the primary source of light will come from above. This is with good reason, as a ceiling light is by far the most effective way of creating an even distribution of light and eliminating shadows.

There are so many options when it comes to ceiling lights, with the perfect solution for every design. If you have a tall ceiling, a cluster of exposed bulbs can produce a chandelier effect but with a more modern twist, creating the perfect focal point for your room.

Wall Lights

A lot of living rooms also include wall fixtures alongside a central ceiling light. Wall lights are an incredibly effective way of drawing eyes to a distant point in your living room, making the space seem even more open. Wall lights are also useful for creating warmth in a living room, as they will often be softer than the ceiling lights.

Wall lights come in an incredible range of shapes and sizes, making it easier than ever to find the style to suit you. Spotlights do a similar job, drawing eyes to a particular point in the space.

If you want your wall light to contribute more warmth for the room, consider a design that allows light to flow smoothly. Glass wall lights are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their ability to provide a soft glow in distant spaces.

Table and Floor Lamps

For the basic lighting of a living room, experts recommend 100 lm per square meter, supplemented by table lamps, floor lamps and/or indirect wall lighting. Dimmable lights allow you to regulate the lighting conditions depending on the situation.

While table lamps did go out of fashion for a bit, they are making a comeback thanks to some stunning modern designs. Statues, sculptures and everyday objects have all been turned into lamps now, making them incredible statement pieces that add a new element to your interior.

If your living room favours a minimalist style, then floor lamps can be the perfect accompaniment. Often long and slender in their design, they can add another element to a living room without taking up too much space.

The Perfect Combination

Ultimately, the perfect living room lighting design will likely incorporate all of the elements featured above. It’s very rare to see a well-designed living room that only uses one of the above.

Combining various lighting elements is the best way to create the perfect living room ambience. A statement ceiling light can be paired with a more subtle wall light to create multiple dimensions to your living room. Adding a floor or wall light can provide the perfect finish for a quiet night of TV.

With many options to suit all manner of styles, the possibilities when it comes to your lighting are almost endless.

For more information, get in touch with our team, we will incorporate lighting features into your new build exactly that way you want it.