A living room is a place where families spend most of their time; From sipping on a cup of tea while browsing through the newspaper, to relaxing in front of the television or curling up on the couch with a book after a tiring day at work. It\'s the place for entertaining guests, competitive board games, homework or even business meetings. It is quite a difficult task, to think up a living room lighting scheme that caters to all the needs.
Some tips on Interior Lighting Design for Living Room
Use multiple lighting layers -Layered lighting uses multiple types of lighting to create a well-lit space. There are three types of lighting:
Ambient or general lighting- A single ceiling living room lighting fixture may not be enough for a large room or a room that lacks natural light. Multiple overhead lights like recessed lighting with a chandelier or pendant would be appropriate. Recessed lighting fixtures are installed directly inside ceilings or walls to provide low-profile illumination. They are arranged in such a way that every object in the room is visible.
Task lighting for a specific purpose - As the living room is multi-functional, task lights are essential for some specific areas. For example, a reading or table lamp placed behind a couch will be used in navigating your remote control while watching television or for reading.
Accent lighting to light up decorative elements. For example, John Cullen\'s Wallace Picture Light lights up your art from top to bottom and ensure that the true colours of the art are shown at night as intended by the artist; or the Contour HD24 that lights up objects and books on shelves.
Use Dimmer lights - Dimmer lighting gives more flexible lighting options and cuts down on electricity as well.
Avoid bright lights- A single bright light destroys the balance and makes the area too bright compared to the other areas. An overhead light source brings in uniformity in the spacing of light.
Do not use too low lighting- Low lighting gives a cosy and warm ambience to the living room. But too much dim light may make it difficult to move about and result in tripping and falling. There has to be just the right amount of light to see things clearly without making the room bright.
Avoid the glare of the television- Big screen wall-mounted television sets are the popular choice of today\'s households. The lights must be placed in such a way that they do not reflect on the TV screen. The anchor that mounts the TV to the wall is placed at 90 degrees to the wall. The TV is angled slightly downward, by placing thin washers inside the mounting brackets. This restricts any recessed light to reflect on the screen.
Use all living room lighting options like floor and table lamps, sconces, overhead lighting for social gatherings with a dimmable chandelier as a centerpiece.