The living room is where living happens. Being the heart of the home, this is the place where we spend most of our time, watching TV, reading, simply spending time together. That's why creating the right atmosphere is especially important.

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambiance of a room, and the living room is no exception. And the multiple uses of the living room require a variety of lighting options. By using the right mix of direct and indirect lighting as well as general and accent lighting, you can create a space that is both functional and beautiful.


Key takeaways

  • Keep it flexible and open for the users of the space, so they can adjust the lighting for their different activities
  • Offer possibilities for highlighting special features, dimming options, and add smart lighting to set up favourite lighting scenes
  • As a functional and important touch, wire lighting on multiple circuits to allow users to control luminaires separately
Do's in living lighting Don'ts in living lighting

Do's for living room lighting

  1. Think combination. Mix ceiling, wall, and floor luminaires to layer light.
  2. Install basic lighting for minimum light levels. Add spots to create contrast and highlights.
  3. Mix beam angles. Wide flood for a general light effect, spots for accents.
  4. Use adjustable spotlights to accentuate features like artworks, photos, or shelves.
  5. Use indirect lighting around the TV screen. It will decrease contrast and reduce eye strain.
  6. Point beams to the wall or use wall lighting to create accents and add extra ambience.
  7. Use an eye catcher luminaire to add more character to the room.
  8. Create rhythm with spots in groups of two or three. Position them close to the wall.
  9. Wire your luminaires on multiple circuits. Control them individually or in group for different light scenes.

Don'ts for living room lighting

  1. Flood the space with downlighters. Use different types of lighting instead.
  2. Work with only one central lighting point. It will drastically limit your lighting possibilities.
  3. Use spots in front of the TV screen. They cause reflection and affect visibility.
  4. Position spots at the center of the room. Instead, install them close to the wall for accents.
  5. Place lights on the windows. But do shine light on curtains to add character.
  6. Point light at the sofa or other seating. Point it to the wall or to the coffee table instead.
  7. Use spots for reading. Go for a reading lamp with an orientable head at shoulder height.
  8. Try to highlight very dark surfaces. They absorb too much light.
  9. Install simple on/off switches. Use dimming options to create the right mood when activity levels go down.
Lighting design is an art that goes beyond just illuminating a room, it gives the space an additional dimension, bringing it to life. Tiene
Lighting Designer, Modular Lighting Instruments

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