When you’re designing a new home, most lighting experts will stress the importance of layering light. There are three basic types of lighting: ambient, accent and task. A balance of all three will provide sufficient illumination while eliminating shadows. How can you accomplish this in your living room?
The living room, also referred to as the family room, is used by many families for entertainment, relaxation and work. Whether you play board games with guests, curl up on the couch with a book or work on your laptop in the living room, you need light! Start with the main source of ambient light; this could be a chandelier, pendant or recessed cans.
- Chandeliers: A chandelier is a sophisticated focal point; there are many traditional, modern and rustic styles to choose from! If you want to make a statement, choose a fixture that is proportional to the size of the living room, yet shows off your unique design sense.
- Pendant Lights: Pendant lights come in various sizes, from teardrop to over-sized. It is your choice to have multiple small or one large pendant as your source of ambient light. Pendants often work well as decorative focal points in rooms with high ceilings.
- Recessed Lights: Many homeowners consider recessed lighting to be outdated. However, when used correctly, recessed cans are a great source of general illumination. They tend to reflect the most light against white, glossy ceilings.