The task of lighting up your living area sounds simple enough in principle, but the fact is, it can be a definite challenge if you aren’t sure how to do it right. Whilst most other rooms in the home are expressly designed to host particular tasks – whether it’s for dining, relaxing, cooking, sleeping, bathing, and so on – the living room space is a different matter altogether. Based on the time of the day or the day of the week, we use the living area as a space to entertain, to relax, to read, to eat and more. And since the living area is a multiple-use space, you need to carefully plan the lighting for it so you can easily accomplish whatever tasks you do in it. Here, then, is how you can easily and adequately light up your living room space.
Think about task lighting
The very first step you need to take when installing modern lighting for your living room space is to consider task lighting. Determine how you essentially use the area – from relaxing to eating to reading and so on. Think carefully about what you do in your living room. What usually happens in the space? If you watch a lot of television in your living room, then it follows that you need to choose lighting that will not interfere with the glow of the TV or give off a distracting and uncomfortable glare. Pay attention to the glare caused by lamps without any shades, downlights pointed directly at the television screen, and windows. Position your television (and your lighting, of course) so that there will be no light shining towards the television screen. To avoid this, make use of bias lighting, which involves installing lights behind the TV so you can enhance the visibility around it.
For a task such as reading, a floor lamp and desk lamps are excellent choices, and if you want something more versatile, look for an adjustable lamp. Of course, to light up the central space of your living area, you would need a good central piece, whether it’s a chandelier, a series of pendant lights, and other big lighting fixtures.
Think about accent lighting
Accent lighting should be designed to accentuate (hence the name) features such as artwork and other architectural elements. For this, recessed lights are always ideal, but make sure to place them at an angle of 30O and around a 2-feet distance from your living room walls. If you want to add a bit of texture to a ceiling, you can make use of micro grazers, and they go well with drapes and small architectural features as well. You can also use monorail or track lighting as a separate option from recessed lights, especially if you have a room with a high ceiling. For lighting a plant, sculpture or any other three-dimensional piece of furniture use uplights or spotlights.
Think about ambient lighting
Ambient lighting serves to fill in the gaps of task and accent lighting, and it also sets the ambience and mood for the space. Recessed downlights are a brilliant option, but don’t just lay it out on a grid – focus on what you want to emphasise as well, whether it’s a wall, a piece of art, or even just a vase. You can also take advantage of wall washers to light up an entire wall without any shadows.
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