From home offices to home theaters, living rooms provide the space you need to work, play, and relax – and the lighting used in the living room can have a major impact on the space’s overall design. We’re sharing some of our favorite tips for brightening up your living space, from all-over ambient lighting to hard-working task lights.
Living Room Lighting Ideas & Inspiration
When choosing living room lighting, you’ll have to consider how you most often use the space. If you regularly read, work, or study in the living room, you’ll want to make sure the space is equipped with sufficient task lighting. If you spend most of your time simply hanging out or watching TV, you may prefer just a few subtle accent lights.
Keep reading to see 7 of the trendiest ideas for lighting up your living room … Whether you’re looking for a quick room refresh or a total lighting makeover, we have all the ideas and inspiration you need to take on your next project.
Top Living Room Lighting Ideas
Ceiling fan light fixtures are available in nearly every style imaginable, and offer an excellent opportunity to brighten up your living room.
In addition to the effect overhead lighting can have on making your space appear larger, ceiling fan lights also serve as a breath of fresh air (literally) in cramped or stuffy rooms.
Pendant lights provide the same overhead illumination as flush ceiling lights or chandeliers, and provide a unique pop of style and self-expression in the living room.
Small pendant lights can be used to illuminate individual areas of the room, or you can experiment with a variety of hanging lamps in assorted shapes and styles.
Table lamps provide the perfect opportunity to switch up your living room décor.
If you go through regular redecorating phases, choose a lamp with goes-with-anything base and simply swap out the shade when you want a new look
The obvious benefit of an offset lamp is its superior versatility. Their adjustable designs allow you to determine exactly where the light will fall in your space, making swing arm floor lamps ideal for reading nooks and living rooms that double as home offices.
For a living room with limited overhead lighting (or none at all), wall sconces provide a healthy dose of brightness without taking up floor or table space.
Use wall sconces to illuminate your favorite artwork, brighten specific areas of the living room, or light the entire space.
Like offset lamps, track lights allow you to customize the angle and direction of your lighting. This means you’ll be able to brighten multiple areas with a single fixture, making track lights ideal for multi-purpose living spaces.
(An added bonus? Any glares in the TV can be easily remedied with a simple adjustment of the lamps!)
Once you decide which style of lighting is right for your living room, you can explore Hayneedle’s wide selection of lights, from ceiling, wall, and free-standing fixtures.