Have you ever thought that living room is the face of your house? And being a face it should be able to adjust itself to different circumstances carrying out both“official representative” and “private life” functions.
One of the most efficient ways to change your living room’s appearance and the way we feel being in it is by clever use of artificial lighting. Believe it or not, there is a name for such lighting group which is in charge for our moods. It’s called ambient light. Let’s know it a little bit better.
There are various kind of lamps you can use for ambient lighting in your living room.
Traditionally they give a flourish and classy look to the interiors, but there are plenty of styles with a modern twist as well.
Big sized or Foyer Chandeliers (36'' in diameter and over) – usually are for a large foyers and great rooms bigger than 15”×15”.
Medium sized (up to 36'' in diameter) work the best in the lofty rooms, up to 15”×15” in diameter. Locate it in a center position as a zest of the space. Putting one above dining table (when dining and living rooms flow into each other seamlessly) might be a good idea as well.
Mini chandelier (20'' in diameter or less) can be installed in a corner and highlight it as a different zone in the living room.
Remember to leave 7 ft clearance between the floor and the chandelier if you don’t want to bump your head on it again and again.
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Depends on its design, one is enough but 3 pieces grouped together can make better statement.
For the general lighting in your living room choose Up Light Pendant, which is design in a way that it’s light goes upward on the ceiling, making your space feel larger.
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Another option is a Drum Pendant which can go along with almost any design style in your living room.
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How to choose right size of the pendant (and chandelier as well) for your living room? Sum the length and width of your space. Ideal pendant diameter should be one - twelfth of this number. Quite easy, isn’t it? ;)
3. Recessed Lights
Do their best when their light bounces back from the wall – so, keeping them on the living room perimeter might be a good idea, besides, in this case your ceiling will not appear as a cheese with many holes.. ;)
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If you plan to have any kind of lounge – don’t install recessed lights nearby, as it’s not very pleasant to look at the bright light while you are relaxing.
Use it carefully, to avoid any glare on your TV screen, and another surfaces where it’s not desired.
4. Wall Sconces
Pair of scones with one of each sides of the sofa is the classical move for the perfect balance in your living room interior. Besides this can differentiate your siting area by adding extra ambience lighting layer.
For the best result, install it 60 to 66 inches from the floor to the sconce center, with 6 to 10 feet distance from each other.
So, how should we play with our lights to achieve needed ambience?
1. First trick is to decide how many “moods” you want for your living room.
Choose separate lighting fixtures for each of them and adjust its light bulb color temperature accordingly. To understand it better have a look on following table.
So, let’s say, you want to use your living room not only for family gathering but also to meet some official guests. In first case use Lamp A with warm white color to achieve intimate feeling. Lamp B, on other hand, can have neutral or even cool color temperature to achieve desired living room official mood effect.
2. Now, second trick is to use various types of light fixtures for different occasions.
Here you can see two examples of the living room with different ambient lighting.
Pic. by Kay Studio Architects
In the first picture, room is lit by central luster only. By this, luster stands out in the interior. At the same time, light it produces does not highlight any particular part of the living room making proper atmosphere for get togethers with neighbours or office colleagues when you want your space to be open, friendly and clear.
For intimate look, on the other hand, wall uplights(sconces)next to sofa are used here. Along with table lamp they create a relaxing space which is good for family or friends gatherings.
Pic. by Kay Studio Architects
3. Third way to change living room ambience is to use dimmer.
Only one move of your hand and your room can turn from the brightly lit to the ‘just right light'.. What can be easier than that? ;) Surprisingly, this simple fixture is often overlooked. I hope, that you will not do this mistake and take the best out of this device (as you can reduce your electricity consumption as well ;) .
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Hope, you will find this information useful. Please, share your ideas or comments below.