I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone just how important your living room is to your household. We interact socially, watch television, curl up with a good book or just spend time with the family: This list may seem quite short but if you think about the amount of time we spend doing these few simple things, it adds up to a sizeable portion of our everyday lives. This is when we begin to remember the true importance of making the most of our living rooms, because it’s easy to forget when we get caught up in all the things on that short list.

Firstly, you need to ask yourself “am I getting the most out of my living room?” Well, this depends on your current living room lighting plan.  Unfortunately a lot of people are under the impression that as long their living room is well lit by one single main source for all the practical uses that they require then “it will do just fine.” But there are truly endless possibilities when lighting a living room and the great thing about creating a lighting plan is that it is completely unique to you depending on what you have to work with and of course your own personal taste.

When starting work on a new lighting plan for any room it is important first and foremost to take stock of what you have in front of you. Everything from the layout of the room to the personalities or the people who are going to be using it has to be considered. Maybe you’re the kind of person likes to entertain and have friends over for functions, in which case your living room should be set up for warm friendly and inviting mood lighting. Or maybe you like to relax with a good page turner in which case the simple addition of a decorative table lamp next to your favourite side of the sofa will go a long way to helping you get more from your living room. From installing a simple dimmer switch to fitting LED tracks or recessed lighting changing the whole dynamic of a room can be as simple or as complex as you like. It is also important to think about the parts of living room you would like to bring additional emphasis to. Maybe a stylish picture light to hang over your favourite art piece or family portrait, or bookshelf lighting to draw focus to your reading material. Believe it or not these are the things people look for when entering your home for the first time, so why not give your guests a helping hand to recognise the things you are most proud of.  

Now I know some of you will get worried about cost when we start to talk about setting up a whole new lighting plan and installing brand new lighting fixtures. But there are lots of ways to improve your living room lighting by incorporating layered lighting to an existing plan. We’ve already talked about adding table lamps. What about floor lamps also. Floor lamps and table lamps: another really short list with so much more behind it. Don’t be afraid to explore all your options. You would be amazed at the ranges and styles available to you. Whoever said that basic and cost effective lighting had to be boring or generic? This could not be further from the truth.

Whether it be to set either a intimate romantic or vibrant party mood, to boast or conceal: effective living room lighting goes a long way towards making your home a lot more friendly, clean, fresh and inviting to both yourself and your guests. This just leaves me to ask: Are you getting the most out of your living room?

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