5 Tips for Lighting a Small Living Room
Shedding Light on Small Living Rooms
It doesn’t seem to matter how much space you have in your home, there is never quite enough! But some living rooms are certainly smaller than others and if you’re particularly challenged for space then it is vital that you make the most of what you do have. Whilst skilfully designed layouts and clever storage solutions will go a long way towards creating a practical space, your choice of lighting will also prove key to the success of the room.
In the smallest spaces multi-tasking is the order of the day! It’s best if each element of the room offers you more than one significant benefit. Your lighting can work hard for you by providing the illumination that you need, a focal point and decorative interest. Choose fittings which tick all of these boxes and you will be on the path to success!
1. Feeling Flush
In a small living room you clearly do not want to feature light fittings that are too intrusive or which restrict access to any areas of the room. Excessively large lights will dominate the space to the detriment of the overall look. Choose ceiling light fittings of a modest size and go for flush light fittings if your ceilings are low so that you don’t have to walk round them.
2. Bold is Beautiful
Your choice of light fittings may need to be modest in size but that doesn’t mean that they can’t also be bold and striking. In a small space you should not feature too many ornaments and objects d’art as this will result in a cluttered feel. Use your lighting as a decorative feature instead and choose stunning, sculptural pieces with interesting forms and textures. These will provide the detail that you need without taking up any valuable display space.
3. Darkness and Light
The last thing you need in a small room is a dark corner! Shadowy areas will serve to make the room appear even smaller than it actually is. If recesses, alcoves or any area of your living room remains dark during the day or even when your ceiling lights are on, then strategically position wall lights or lamps to brighten things up. Uplighters are extremely effective in smaller rooms and will draw the eye towards the ceiling and away from the more cluttered feel of the floor space.
4. Reflecting the Light
You can further increase the sense of space in your living room by featuring a mirror. Mirrors brilliantly create the illusion of space and can be positioned to reflect the light from outside and from your light fittings.
Your choice of lighting will play a crucial role in creating the desired ambiance in your living room. Feature ceiling lights, lamps and dimmer switches to give yourself the greatest flexibility and the ability to change the mood of the room at the flick or twist of a switch.
Your living room may be small but it can be perfectly lit! The right living room lighting will make all the difference and will help to create a space which is appealing, practical and versatile.
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