I love doing interior revamps and planning a lighting scheme for your living room is a fun revamp. The only trouble is, the possibilities are endless! When it comes to lighting inspiration, there are just so many options out there.
For interiors inspiration, I always like to peruse Pinterest for ideas. I’ll generally create a board dedicated to the room or area I’m working on and then pin anything that appeals. I can narrow down my options from there, and it usually helps to have a chat with the person who is going to do the work for you to see what is possible and what is best.
I’ve discovered tastes vary wildly when it comes to lighting. I’m a big fan of creating the illusion of space by using lighting. Light coloured walls, no clutter and bright lights can open up a small room and make it look spacious.
If you’ve got a room that lets in a lot of natural light, it’s common to miss it in the evenings if the room isn’t very well illuminated. My own lounge has a central light fitting and two wall lights, but we’re considering changing the main fitting for a more intricate LED fitting, which should bring more illumination as well as decorate the room.
Plenty of people out there prefer low lighting for when they’re relaxing in the evenings. There is no right or wrong when it comes to interior choices, it’s all down to personal preference. For dim lighting-lovers, I’d suggest still opting for a central lounge light that can light up the room if required, alongside dimmer lamps or wall lights that can be used on there own.
The reason for this is if you commit to low lighting levels from the off, your choices are limited if you decide you want something brighter. That way lamps can be used for day-to-day living, but the brighter light can be turned on for days you’ve lost your reading glasses or have visitors who prefer it lighter.
Another option for dim light-lovers is a dimmer switch. Gone are the days of manually twiddling the knob on the wall – instead people are opting for a smart dimmer switch. You can control your lighting right from the sofa and enjoy a truly modern home!
There are an abundance of lighting options out there, so the best option is to ask for recommendations if you’re not sure what you need.
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