When furnishing a living room, we tend to focus on the weighty pieces. But a floor lamp can be just as instrumental in creating an inviting space. If you need some inspiration on how to choose your living room lamps, take a note of these excellent Elle Decor tips!
When lighting is impeccable you hardly notice it. “If a living room is lit the right way, everyone looks their best and feels relaxed and comfortable, but they don’t know why,” says Lindsey Adelman, a New York–based industrial designer who specializes in light fixtures. Carefully considered bulbs and fixtures create an inviting environment that encourages people to linger.
Very often, we tend to think that that we need to light the whole living room. But instead, it is a great solution to spread multiple points of light. “The best-lit rooms have layers of light that blend well together,” says architect and designer David Rockwell. “Choose your light source, and then determine how to diffuse it.” For example, integrate lighting in different fixtures and combine floor lamps with spotlights and modern wall sconces.
In living rooms use a combination of floor lamps, table lamps, and down-lights (recessed or track lighting). Here the lighting should be part of the decor. Compromise and incorporate both with the addition of candles.
Follow these Elle Decor tips and make the most of your living room with the proper lighting.