Lighting Tips

Regardless of the space, all living rooms play host to an array of activities, each with different lighting needs. Watching television, moving around, and holding conversations need only a low but acceptable level of background light.

Reflect daylight in your living area through white surfaces - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 59b

Reflect daylight in your living area through white surfaces

Performing tasks such as writing, reading, and other hobbies are made better by localized pools of task lighting. On the other hand, picture collections are best highlighted with adequate lighting.

Moreover, lighting fittings need to be able to create several moods, whether to cheer you up on overcast days, or to create glamour for night parties.

Therefore, it makes absolute sense to invest in flexible fittings. Fixtures with dimmer switches make it easy to alter the mood of the living room. Meanwhile those with movable shades or arms allow you to reflect the light off the ceiling or walls.

Correct Lighting Location

Use display lighting to highlight items you are proud of - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 59a

Use display lighting to highlight items you are proud of

Also, remember to position your lights correctly: The middle of the room is rarely the best location for a ceiling pendant fitting because it creates shadows in corners.

In order to move the pendant without rewiring, a simple addition of cord can do the trick. Doing so will allow you to position it if close to the wall or over a table.

Display lighting can highlight specific items (see photo above), as well as put more emphasis on architectural features.

White surfaces are excelling in bouncing daylight into a room and providing cool background lighting adding a sense of calm during the day.

At night time, the atmosphere is warmed by tall floor-standing candle stick and recessed downlighters.

Use a Candlestick

More than drama, an electric candlestick gives both task and accent lighting to this living room - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 58a

More than drama, an electric candlestick gives both task and accent lighting to this living room

A simple candlestick fitting gives both accent and task lighting in this photo of a rustic living room. To make reading easier, the shade directs light downward, and the pool of soft light that it casts is a feast to the eyes.

Coupled with low-level background lighting, the result is surprisingly relaxing. The contrasts of light and shade, however, should not be too severe as it will reduce the inviting feeling.

As with all light fittings, the proper positioning of reading and other task lights is important. If these are used to light a workspace, the lights should be angled to ensure that shadows are cast away from the desk. The shade should sit roughly at eye level to minimize glare.

Lights that are located next to a sofa or armchair should be put slightly above the seating area for a dramatic effect. This works well as long as the bulbs are not extremely bright.

You should also ensure that the faces of people sitting on chairs remain free of ugly, deep shadows. This can usually be evaded by carefully lining up the lamp with the back or front edge of the chair.

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