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Lighting for living rooms.

What do you need to know about choosing your lighting for a Living Room?

What do you need to know about choosing your lighting for a Living Room?Homeowners spend lots of time choosing their furniture or paint colours for their living rooms ceilings and walls, but often forget about the importance of proper lighting.

Most rooms require three basic types of lighting: Ambient, Task, and Accent; Ambient light is the overall or general light in the room; Task lighting is focused lighting that helps you perform particular duties such as, reading or viewing television: and accent lighting lets you highlight certain features in a space, such as prized possessions or artwork.

  • Living rooms require a mix of light sources. Ambient provides the lighting to clean, entertain or view the whole space. Floor or table lamps provide the perfect illumination for tasks such as reading or watching television. Accent lighting offers the bonus of adding visual interest; to accent items like shelving, paintings or interesting architectural details.
  • Recently out of favour because high energy consumption of halogen, low energy track lighting using LED as the light source is once again a viable alternative in Living room lighting. Sleek, discrete though still able to deliver a punch of light, track lighting highlights artwork, architectural features and contributes the living space with a soft, ambient glow or burst of light.
  • Begin with a strong point of view; determine what is you’re most dominant or favourable element is that makes your Lounge Rooms theme successful. Then create your lighting design to enhance this feature. For example, if you were aiming for a striking modern design, you may determine that the modern couch is the centre of the design then its supporting Lighting elements could be stunning pendants hung low at one end over the coffee table or an oversized task light, reaching over the back to illuminate whomever is sitting there.

What is a common mistake and how can it be avoided?

Homeowners spend lots of time choosing their furniture or paint colours for their living rooms ceilings and walls, but often forget about the importance of proper lighting. In a space where you watch TV, read books, play games and entertain guests, lighting serves an important purpose in both the function and look of the room.

  • Many decorators both professional and home renovators, often misunderstand the importance of good lighting. Lighting is important because of the intimacy it creates, living rooms are usually one of the first rooms you walk into, and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. A good living room lighting scheme uses different kinds of light, set at different levels, that all work together to make the space warm and attractive. Don’t forget that you’re in control, use dimmers that allow you to control the level of light to suit the activities that take place in the space.

  • One of the most common mistakes homeowners make with living room lighting is using light fixtures that are not proportionate to the size of the room. For instance, if you have an otherwise small living room, don’t try and force a huge chandelier or other lighting fixture on the ceiling. Even though it will provide plenty of light it will take away from the natural attractiveness of your living room. On the other hand, a small lighting fixture will seem out of place in a large living room. Consider the overall size of your living room and then choose a fixture based on the size.

  • Some people are under the impression that more lighting is always better. While this may be true in some circumstances, it typically doesn’t hold true for the living rooms. When there’s too much lighting in the lighting in the living room, it can create glare, this effect drowns out the colours of furnishings and decorative items. In order to achieve a stylish well it living room with attractive decorations, you have to avoid using too much lighting. If you’re unsure whether or not this is the case for your living room, a simple test is to turn on the lights and ask yourself whether or not it takes away from the natural beauty of the atmosphere.

  • Don’t just rely on overhead lighting - Table and floor lamps are used in the living room for more than just decorative purposes, they provide an alternative source of lighting other than overhead fixtures. When you and the family are sitting down in the living room and getting ready to watch a movie, you probably don’t want to be blinded by overhead lighting. Thankfully, however, a small lamp or two will give you just enough lighting to see around without creating a distracting glare on the television.