By Lucero Chavana. Chandelier Lamps. Published at Thursday, July 25th, 2019 - 17:49:02 PM.
You can pick up the best coffee ’table’ books, the smoothest mid‐century sofa, or the best epic vintage accessories that money can buy. But if your living room does not have one primary interior design principle covered, you might not be creating the desired impact in your space. That might sound a bit dramatic, but the way you play with light in any room can be the thing that takes it from a common space to an excellent one. And in some ways, this is even more significant when you are short in place. That said, by understanding a few ’masterful’ lighting ideas for ’small’ ’living’ rooms, you will not only be making ’yours’ look bigger, but you will (quite literally) be ’highlighting’ all the other ’decor’ components you want to show off.
Yes, it helps to know the latest lamp trends according to top interior designers or to be aware of what retailers offer pieces that fit into your budget, but without the right lighting techniques, your room might not be living (pun intended) up to its full potential. By knowing where and how to use floor lamps, table tamps, and overhead lighting, or learning what shapes and styles are best to maximize space, you can create a chic, cozy, or dramatic room — depending on what you're trying to achieve — that guests won't stop gushing over.
To aid with any living room lighting woes you might have, Lamps Plus Brand Ambassador Lori Dennis and Modsy's interior design expert and Director of Style Alessandra Wood have come up with a few tips that will brighten things up in more ways than one. Ahead, find their best advice along with some options that will help you make the best of your space.
1. LAYER YOUR ’LIGHTING’
According to both design pros, layering lighting is key. This means not just relying on overhead lighting or table lamps alone — but knowing how to combine different types. "Using floor lamps that shine a light on ceilings are my secret weapon for illuminating small spaces," explains Dennis. "When they include features like downlights for reading, it allows for lighting up two spaces, one task, and overall glow with one small fixture." And Wood cosigns on this concept of doubling, even tripling down on lighting. "In small spaces, having the ability to make room bright or lower the lights to set the mood can make your space feel much more versatile," she shares. "This means in addition to overhead lighting, add two or three lamps throughout the living space."
According to Wood, lighting your room this way allows you options for creating the ambiance you desire. "A floor lamp in a corner or next to a side chair, and one or two table lamps means that you can create a very bright space, with all lights on, or have directed, task lighting, for reading," she elaborates. "Or, when watching a movie or having a romantic dinner, you can turn on just one light subtle feel."
2. FIND A ’PIECE’ THAT CAN ’MULTITASK’
When your space is limited, pieces that work double duty can make all the difference in the world. "In a small living room space I love using a combo table/floor lamp," offers Dennis. "Multiple purpose pieces are big on function without sacrificing style."
3. CREATE AN ’ARC’
"Arc lamps are amazing for small spaces," Wood says. "First, they provide visual interest and second, they allow for an overhead light without having that corporate office feel." This option is especially great for those who aren't big fans of their existing ceiling lighting — as well as those who don't have any at all or renters who don't have the option of installing one.
4. THINK GLOBALLY
If you're truly short on space, you might want to skip a clunky table lamp in favor of a modern, globe-style one — both for its aesthetic and its ability to offer ambient lighting without taking up much room. "They double as small sculpture and add a soft glow for cozy nights," Wood adds.
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