Hot home tips: Illuminate your living room using the right kind of lights

Buying a piece of property is a pretty big step for anyone. With the excitement of finally owning that piece of real-estate there come a lot of additional commitments of turning a house into a home. One of those aspects is decorating. The way you decorate your home is a statement to your personal taste, likes and an overall vibe you are looking to give to your nook. All the decorating experiences may vary from exciting to nerve-wracking, it’s all about the way you approach the decorating thrill.

Choosing the right type of lighting for your home is just one aspect of home decoration, although a pretty important one. Often, homes that don’t have much natural light depend solely on the artificial light manipulation, i.e. placement of light fixtures around the home. Further, even when there is a lot of natural light, light fixtures play a role in setting the character of the space as well as providing lighting when it’s dark outside.

The first room to think of when you decorate is the living room. Everything about it is setting the tone for the rest of your home – from sofas, beddings, and color – to lighting. In fact, the atmosphere you set with lighting will pretty much determine the overall ambiance of your home, so be smart about what you are picking.

We’ll present some of the top lighting strategies to help you chose the light for your living room, lead by its purpose and decorative key.

Decorative lighting


When you want to add sparkle to your living room and evoke interest – decorative lighting will do. Table lamps, chandeliers and hanging pendants can provide the decorative light that adds the element of intimacy and coziness. Additionally, decorative lighting personalizes a space and gives it a unique stamp.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is perfect for when you are looking to highlight certain features of your living room. Your textured walls, fireplace, favorite piece of art or that gorgeous piece of furniture in the corner will get a new dimension when all the attention is drawn to it with proper accent lighting. Further, for minor (yet still very effective) accents you can use recessed, adjustable lights or under-cabinet lighting in a display case that highlights selected objects like books, in-shelf ornaments, etc.

Accent lighting is drawing attention and putting more light on an architectural feature while at the same time adding a pleasing variation of brightness to the space.

In order for it to work, accent lighting needs to be about five times stronger on the focal point than the surrounding general light.

Task lighting


A properly placed task lighting feature helps you get things done when you want to read a book or need to write at a desk. This brighter light can be everything from a directed light source over a desk to, led downlights placed in the needed direction, to a floor lamp with a swinging arm next to a comfortable chair. Portable table lamps leave room for flexibility when furniture is moved which is why they are pretty popular.

Task lights aren’t used all the time but specifically when you’re doing a task, like reading or writing.

Ambient lighting

Wall-mounted fixtures, stylish chandeliers, portable lamps or ceiling lights can provide the ambiance that casts a warm glow in your living room. Properly picked, ambient lighting makes the living room feel comfortable and inviting, controls glare and provides the general illumination of the room. With ambient lighting you are creating effect rather than actually focusing on injecting light into the room. Illuminating a surface without making it obvious where the light source comes from adds excitement and thrill to space, making it seem more luxurious. Dimmers or three-way controls are just some of the lighting options to use when we are talking ambiance lighting.

Be smart about the type of lights you are choosing as they are one of the key elements to making your desired ambiance work. Good luck!

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.