Design Guide: 6 Living Room Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Living Room Ceiling Lighting-Ideas

There are 6 main living room ceiling lighting ideas that can be used to create a design style of your liking. The 6 ideas are: pendants, recessed lighting, flush mount lights, tracks and cove lighting. Some can be easily installed within half an hour (i.e. using pendant light adapters) while other will require more electrical, even construction work like adding a false ceiling for cove lighting. As lighting plays an important role in the feel and tone of a room, the 6 ideas below will help to design a living room just as you want it.

Pendant Lighting

If you have a slightly taller living room space, then high ceiling lighting ideas would include pendent lighting. They help bring lighting down, creating a more intimate space. Because they require more space, pendant lights are elegant and add a luxurious touch to any living room. Within pendant lighting there are a range of options. For example, they come as single or multiple pendant lamps – so you could have multiple lights within one light fixture and ceiling outlet.

An instant pendant light from Home Decorators

A brilliant lighting idea is to use a plug in pendant light. These are adapters that allow you to screwin a pendant light into a standard ceiling light socket. This saves on electrical work, and allows you the flexibility to switch back to a standard light fixture later on. They come in a range of styles and finishes.  Available from Home Decorators.

Another flexible pendant lighting idea is to use an add on lamp shade. A normal pendant light, a light bulb hanging from a wire/cable, can have different shades added on to it – a range of choices in size, style and finish. Making it easy to change the light fixture styles within your living room. Examples of add on lamp shades are available at Mathmos.

Some elegant living room lighting ideas include drum lighting. A one lamp pendant light, drum lights are minimalistic, sophisticated and have a timeless design. A mini chandelier, maybe in a more contemporary style than a stereotypical chandelier, can fill a space with the right light.

Drum pendant lighting

Recessed Lighting

Recessed lights are common in newly built houses. These lights are usually fitted into a false ceiling, hiding the fixture parts from view. This makes them contemporary ceiling lights with a minimalistic style. They might be getting over used. If not careful, they can make a room bland – lacking character. What will help, if you are planning on using recessed lighting design, is to incorporate other ideas here such as cove lighting or pendant lighting to add character to the living room.

Flush Mounted Light Fixtures

Flush mount lighting are standard light bulbs fitted into a normal outlet within a ceiling. The light fixture, the encasing that diffuses the light usually in a disk shape, is then fitted flush against the ceiling. These provide a lot more softer light than the other lighting ideas here. They can be used for more ambient, mood lighting, rather for brightly lighting a living room.

Track Lighting

Track lights are great because they only use one light outlet from a ceiling. Yet you can have a number of light bulbs on one track, and some will be adjustable so you can angle the lights as you see fit.

They are not ideal for the main lighting of a living room. They can be used to accent a TV cabinet, book shelf, etc. Or track lights work well for providing light to localized areas – if you have a bar area or open space living room with a kitchen or dining room.

Cove Lighting

Cove lighting, if done well, can be a great addition to a living room’s design. Like recessed lighting, cove lights are installed within a false ceiling. The lights are placed within a cutaway, hiding them from sight – providing a soft glow of light.

Cove Lighting

Cove Lighting

Ceilings: Living Room Lighting Tips

  • Mix and match. Cove lighting is also common with recessed lights, pendant lights compliment recessed lights
  • Dimmers add a luxurious touch as they allow for more control of your living room lighting. Have bright lights for activates or dim the lights for more intimate or relaxing moments.

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