How to choose the best ceiling lighting for your living room
When it comes to making your house warm and homely, living room lighting can be a subtle powerful ingredient, of course, besides the furnishing and décor. Lighting can impact everything else from the rug-colour to the wall colour. Therefore, it is important to have a plan for your lighting design. Remember, the correct selection is perhaps responsible for that great ambiance, the serenity and the aura generated.
The ceiling height and living space
First, you must figure out how the space is used and perhaps the time of the day spent there. Again, it is of great essence to note how vast the area is and the total height of the ceiling. If you have a low ceiling, large ceiling fixtures such as chandeliers will make your living space appear smaller and cluttered. In contrast, smaller ceiling fixtures may get lost in larger rooms with tall ceilings. Therefore, ceiling height and the size of the living space are important factors to consider when choosing a ceiling light fixture. Our Neiva quirky chandeliers act as a focal point in this living room Our sophisticated Madaba chandelier or the Stanley 20cm Holophane globe pendants are ideal for living rooms with high ceilings. These light fixtures will provide wide illumination over a space and will act as the perfect focal point for your living room, adding style and sophistication. Creating the illusion of height and making a room feel spacious is tricky when it comes to lighting design and low ceilings. Flushmount and semi-flushmount light fixtures are often the lighting design saviours for homes with low ceilings. The beauty of using these type of light fixtures is that they do not extend far from the ceiling and have a minimal drop, creating the illusion of height. These light fixtures tend to be unobtrusive and blend seamlessly into the surrounding décor, illuminating light evenly throughout a living space. Our schoolhouse ceiling light is a semi-flushmount fixture with a simplistic design and is a perfect addition to spaces with low ceilings. Our Yerevan globe ceiling lights are semi-flush ceiling lights.
The lighting type chosen and the type of ceiling light
Different types of ceiling light fixtures have different functions, creating different lighting types. It is important to consider the function of the ceiling light you are choosing for your living area, based on the desired ambiance you wish to create. There are three lighting types; task, ambient and accent lighting. Generally, ceiling lights will provide ambient light as they provide wide illumination over an area and can be controlled using dimmers. Ambient lighting can be complemented using layers in your lighting design scheme of your living room. This can be done in the form of using lamps and floor lamps to provide task and accent lighting. Our Luana globe pendants feature opal glass shades that softly diffuse light Choosing a light fixture that features an opal or ribbed prismatic glass shade like our Erbil prismatic flush ceiling light will diffuse light downwards and create a soft ambient light. If your living room is described by some brightly coloured walls, opting to use something that offers that indirect fluorescent lighting is perfect. In contrast, a ceiling fixture featuring a clear glass shade like our Virgina clear globe pendant will cast an excellent spread of light.
The correct bulb
When choosing a lighting design scheme, bulbs are often overlooked, however they tend to determine how elegant your chosen design appears in your home and therefore should not be ignored in the decision making process. There are many different types of bulbs available, all of which have various benefits and drawbacks to creating the desired ambiance in your living room. As the living room is typically a room used every day and mainly in the evening/at night, LED bulbs, which have a much longer life than fluorescent bulbs will serve you well here. LED bulbs adapt to many different situations, producing a soft white light, they are dimmable and have the added bonus of saving energy. When choosing what type of LED bulb to use we recommend a decorative type bulb. Decorative bulbs are invariably the best for your living room; they are elegant, trendy and will perfectly finish off the look of the room. Filament LED bulbs are becoming increasingly popular, with their vintage-inspired look, filament bulbs will effortlessly produce a warm light, creating an inviting atmosphere whilst looking the part too. Try our LED GLS dimmable filament bulb to add sophistication to your living space.