When your living room comes to mind, different thoughts and feelings are probably attached to these words. It’s where we spend time with our family, have guests, and even get work done. How the living room is lit is very important. Depending on how it’s lit can change the feel of your home. Is there enough light to get work done? Can it be dimmed if it is time to relax? The living room is the anchor to our homes, it is best to have the most efficient and pleasing lighting scheme to really bring that feeling in.
Even in working situations, having a pleasing well-lit atmosphere can totally change how you feel as you do a task. The better you feel, the better you work. It’s difficult to complete a task if you’re uncomfortable. Light helps us; it makes us feel good and adds warmth to our environment. How you choose to light your living room can be just as important as the paint or furniture you decide to put in it. Here are some tips and advice to finding innovative lighting ideas for your living room.
Knowing Your Living Room
Knowing your living room is a very important step in implementing innovating lighting to your living room. Is it big, medium, or small? Is it painted? How and where are the permanent fixtures placed? Having knowledge of these things will help with the lighting scheme you build for your living room. Some lighting techniques will be great for big rooms and not so swell for smaller rooms and vice verse. Becoming acclimated to your living space will make this process easier and enjoyable.
Different Ways to Light the Living Room
There are very many different choices in the lighting department at stores. Before you decide which fixture and color you like, you may want to think about maximizing your usage of natural light as well. Natural light is great for us (hello Vitamin D) and banishes those gloomy day blues. It also adds warmth that artificial lights can only get close too. The sun has to go to bed too, so that is where artificial lights come in.
Back to the lighting department, which design and style you choose really depends on the size and areas you have in your living room. When and where you place your lights are very imperative to the feel of the room. Dark shadows and corners can add a cold feel to any room. Having a collective continuous flow of light is important in adding a warm safe feeling to the living room.
Now that you know your living room, you now must decide if it has more than one usage. Will it be used for entertaining purposes, or strictly family time? Will your workspace be included in the living room? Once you find the areas and how they will be used you can begin to grow and design the lighting scheme. Bigger living rooms have the advantage of having extra room to make use of however it will take more lighting to make the room feel warm. Small living rooms are nice because it doesn’t take much to keep it well lit but it’s important to have enough room and space for it to be a comfortable place.
Finding the Right Innovative Idea
There are three main lighting types that are included with light design. They are general, decorative, and task. Depending on the usage of the living room could depend on which type you focus on. General lighting is lighting the entire room. Decorative lighting is using interesting pieces as points in the living room to bring attention. Task lighting is just as it sounds; it provides a great amount of light to get tasks done.
If the living room is used for entertaining and family use exclusively, general and decorative lighting can work very well together. Some examples of decorative lighting include chandeliers, glass lamps, and statement pieces.
Having task lighting is essential if any work will be done in the living room. Think of having a spotlight on you while doing your work.
Enjoying the Choices
One great thing about choosing a lighting style is you get to be your own designer. If you aren’t sure it wouldn’t hurt to call a professional and have someone do it for you. You could also take this as an opportunity to turn your living room into the space you have always wanted. Below are some tips that will help with designing small and large living rooms:
Small Living Room
- Using a lighter color scheme will make it feel as if there is more room
- Build in storage to organize clutter and have multi use furniture to utilize space
- Keep it simple and open; it is very easy to put too much in a small room
Large Living Room
- Move furniture together away from the walls, it makes the room feel closer and makes communicating easier
- Add layers and play with color; it is easy for a big room to feel cold and empty
- Take advantage of bold decor to bring in an interesting focal point for room
This is where the creative juices really can flow because there are endless possibilities to light your house.
Lighting isn’t always about decor and design. It also can keep us safe. Emergency lights are very important especially in special circumstances such as problems and disasters. Emergency lights can go anywhere in your home and can all be installed outdoors. These lights add safety and a sense of security. Feeling safe is one of the most common feelings people can associate with home. Adding emergency lights can attribute to that feeling even more.
It can be intimidating to start designing your own lighting scheme. It can also be very fun and creative as you can use your design skills and create a warm pleasant atmosphere to the core of your house. While you are choosing your lighting plan don’t forget about emergency lights and how they can help keep you and your family safe. Emergency lights can easily get passed over because some people don’t take care of situations until they happen. How well lit your home is can play a vital role in the overall feel. Having a warm and pleasant home will always bring great company back and instill wonderful everlasting memories for your family. Hopefully the information in this article will lead you to new innovative lighting ideas.
Written by Jessica Max. Jessica is a professional adviser for LED & Emergency Lights at Emergency Lights. Jessica has also completed fellowship at New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. and has written several articles about lights and fire safety tips.