Lighting In The Living Room
Lighting In The Living Room
When creating a plan of the living room interior, one of the concerns is of course the lighting. It's worth considering even before you pick out the furniture and choose colors. There is an advantage in choosing your lighting early in the planning process - you will have time to think about where all the wiring will go and how to harmonize the lamps with your interior. Very important here is the layout of the room. It will let you know where the natural light is coming from and how you can lay out separate areas in your living room.
Light is one of the most interesting elements in interior design. You can play around with natural and artificial light. Natural light enlivens the interior and changes depending on the time of day. To create a beautiful interior, take into consideration where your windows are facing.
If the living room windows are facing north, use warm colors to soften the absence of light. Windows facing west enliven the room, but a lot of people do not like bright light. You can neutralize the brightness with thick all over curtains. In the room with windows facing south, the daylight is too bright, especially in the summer. Use cool colors for decorating this room. When windows are facing east, the room will usually have a lot of straight light in the evening. Here we recommend using cool shades and curtains, which will mellow down the bright light.
Light from chandeliers and lamps is used in dark hours of the day and can compliment natural light. The living room is multi-functional, which is why it needs a few sources of light. Pay special attention to the comfort of this arrangement and make sure it allows you to create different variations of lighting. For this you need to know the kinds of lighting choices that are out there and how they differ. General light equally illuminates the whole house. It can be direct or indirect. Direct light comes from ceiling lamps, which spread the light throughout the room. Indirect light usually comes from table lamps, which hides behind the shade. This soft light gives the interior an original look.
Local light is necessary for reading, writing and other activities. It's best to use lamps with directional light for this. The kind of lamps that you can direct toward an object helps make certain object stands out, hide defects, visually widen space and highlight design elements and colors of the surfaces. Additional illumination can consist of one bulb or a few in a row. This way there is a focused ray of light or a few rays coming together into one.
Planning Out The Lighting
To create beautiful and comfortable lighting in the living room, we recommend to think through it's locations, considering the interior layout. The starting point here will be the division of areas and furniture placement. It's better to have a few sources of light, so that you can turn on different lamps if you need to or a few at one time.
Make a plan of your living room on paper, and mark down where each source of light is going to be. Also, mark down where you are installing the switches. You can have a few switches in different locations. The most practical placement is by the main entrance - make this a switch that turns on the main, brightest light. Besides this, each additional lamp should have it's own switch.
Every Corner Needs It's Own Light
The right lighting should correspond to the functions of each area of the living room and make it easy to see necessary objects.
Living room is a place of gathering of the whole family and this is why it needs general light that spreads evenly throughout the whole room. You can use floor lamps with halogen bulbs or built in fixture that gives off all around light.
The couch and armchairs are usually the center of the living room. They will be better lit by a table lamp or a floor lamp. It's great if you can control the brightness of the lamp, which you can change depending on time of day.
In the dining room area the light should be concentrated on the table and the people sitting around it. Hang a lamp with height and brightness control above the table, so that it's comfortable to eat, read or talk.
For reading, get a spotlight that you can focus directly onto your reading material. Also, make sure that you have general soft light on, so that the contrast is not so sharp.
If the lamps are positioned too close to the TV, it might give you a glair. It's recommended to put a lamp that gives off soft, all around light or put a light source above the TV.
Certain decorative objects, like paintings and sculptures demand special additional light. You can use spotlights, which are easily installed in needed place. If the living room door faces the street, you need to have lighting next to it in order to soften the contrast between the light of the indoors and the outdoors. Here, the light does not have to be bright. Use soft, warm illumination.
Different Kinds Of Lighting
A chandelier gives general light, but throws out shadows and is not great for reading. It's brightness depends on the density of the chandelier shade and it's height.
Table lamp gives direct light. It's location and angle of the base have to be adjustable. These types of lamps can guide the light up, down or horizontally - depending on the type of lampshade they have.
Floor lamp gives overall or guided light. It's shade helps guide the light where it is needed and control it's intensity. A few floor lamps located in the right places will allow to randomly change the lighting of the living room.
A bracket light gives direct light. It is usually mounted directly onto the wall. Bracket light is great for illuminating paintings or decorative objects.
Decorative lamps light up the interior and at the same time decorate the living room. If you put such a lamp on the floor and light up a corner of the room with a plant, you will get an effective decorating composition.
Besides lighting up the living room, lamps give off certain lighting effects. To arrange the lighting the right way, it's necessary to keep lighting effects in mind. Lighting helps create a certain atmosphere: bright light gives off energy, while soft light gives comfort. Light that's too strong can sting the eyes and leave you with a feeling of agitation. Use soft lighting that does not tire the eyes. Table lamps, floor lamps and candles in warm tones create coziness. Lighting can also visually change the room. Lamps that are directed upward visually raise the ceilings. Brightly lit wall visually widens the room. This effect intensifies if you put a mirror on such a wall.