The living room is one of the most important areas of the house. It is the area where you relax and rest, conduct leisurely activities, bond with the family, and entertain guests. Given its functions, you must provide the proper lighting for your living room.
Most of the rooms in the house are designed based on their specific functions, such as bathing, sleeping, dining, and cooking. However, the living room is where a wide range of activities take place –and these are unique to each person residing in the house. By incorporating lighting aspects in your living room design, you can then enjoy its features as a common room and bring it to life.
If you are trying to infuse lighting into your living room design, you may want to follow these tips:
Consider bias lighting.
Living rooms have several light sources. Aside from the central light source, you may have floor lamps on the side of the couch, and as well as the TV. Sometimes you watch TV with the surrounding lights switched off, and after a while, your eyes get strained by emerging glare.
You can avoid the glare on the TV screen using bias lighting. This type of lighting requires the placement of a light source behind the TV to help increase the visibility around the screen while without getting in the way of the viewer’s eyes. Bias lighting provides more ambient light and keeps your eyes from adjusting between the bright TV screen and the dark surroundings. It also makes the images on the screen look more vibrant.
Add a floor lamp to aid specific living room tasks.
Aside from watching TV, we usually do other activities in the living room, such as reading a book or doing embroidery work. Since these tasks are required to be done in close range, central lighting sources may not be the best to use. You may want some task lighting, such as a floor or desk lamp, to provide illumination to a specific area in the living room. This way, you get to see what you are doing using the right amount of light you need.
Opt for recessed downlights.
If you prefer a dim but cosy living room and not the standard general brightness, then you may opt for recessed downlights. This form of modulated lighting tempers the living room’s illumination by focusing on specific areas, such as a textured wall or a side with an artwork.
Recessed lights direct the attention of the viewer to a part of the living room that you want to highlight while at the same time keeping an intimate ambiance with the rest of the surrounding space.
Utilise natural light.
If your living room happens to have windows, then you should incorporate the use of natural light. You may want to keep your windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter. To control the amount of light coming into the room, use either sheer curtains or lightweight bamboo blinds, as they are more translucent compared to heavy drapes and opaque window treatments.