Does your living room look like a cave? Is it dark, gloomy and full of shadows? Have you tried everything from painting in a brighter color, to rearranging your furniture to light the place up and just had no luck? Perhaps the solution in is changing your lighting.
Rooms that are short on natural light don’t need to be left in the dark. With many affordable lighting options available there is no reason to just accept the fate of a gloomy room. Practically anyone can afford to brighten up their home with some well chosen living room lamps.
The lighting in your living room should be warm and inviting. Your living room is the site of family gatherings, and should evoke pleasant feelings. Even rooms that don’t have overhead lighting can be made cheery and bright by strategically placing a few great living room lamps. End tables and display cases are great places to place lamps that will make up for any lack of lighting that you have. Many homes have spots that floor lamps will work as well. Floor lamps can be great, in that the light will bounce off of the ceiling and be diffused through the entire room, shedding some much needed light on all of your family.
When considering lighting options for your living room, think about the kinds of things that your family typically does in your living room and where in the room they do it. If your family typically watched a lot of TV together, then you will want to stay away from placing a light somewhere that it can put a glare on the TV. You read a lot of books while snuggled on the couch, you should position lights on the ends of the couch, with wide enough lamp shades that the light will spread all of the way across the couch, so that you can easily see your book from any spot on the couch.
Something as simple as changing the lighting in your family room can make big changes to the way that your room looks overall. More so than even re-painting or getting new furniture, your lighting can define your room as either a formal space or a play place. Once you have figured out the feel that you want for your living room, developing a complimenting lighting concept isn’t too hard to do. With so many budget friendly options on the market, it is a simple and welcome addition to any dark space.