A well-lit living room requires a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting. In this living room, recessed fixtures cast general lighting, wall-mounted lights showcase artwork and an adjustable floor lamp provides light for reading. Design by Andreas Charalambous
Sleek, low-voltage track lighting highlights artwork in this living room and gives the space a soft, ambient glow. A table lamp provides task lighting for the seating area, while a floor lamp washes the wall with light. Design by Lin Lee
Soft Accent Lighting
Subtle up-lighting accentuates the beautiful wood ceiling in this living room. The custom-built media cabinet is softly illuminated with recessed light fixtures. Design by Christopher J. Grubb
In this living room, designer Van Tullis used track lights to illuminate artwork displayed on the wall. Floor lamps with modern, square-shaped shades provide ambient lighting and look dramatic against a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.
Warm Lighting Design
Two hanging pendants complement this living room's traditional look and cast soft light throughout the space. Recessed fixtures wash the walls with light, while candles and a fireplace provide a warm glow. Design by Amy Bubier
Cove lighting, installed in a ledge high up on the wall, provides soft, ambient lighting that bounces off the ceiling and adds a touch of glitz to this living room. Designer Andrea Schumacher installed the lighting on a dimmer, allowing the homeowner to create a mood when entertaining.
Clean and Contemporary Lighting
Designer Andreas Charalambous used halogen track lighting on dimmers and LED cove lighting in blue to enhance this living room's contemporary design. A stylish arc floor lamp offers task lighting for reading.
Searching for a new living room look? Before you redesign, consider switching up the room's layout. Take a cue from professional designers and reconfigure the furniture by creating a paper floor plan using a ruler, graph paper and a pencil.