Lighting is one of those areas of home decor that’s one of the most overlooked. Sure, people see lighting as a must-have, but more of a must-have because we can’t be living in darkness, than a must-have that gets your pulse racing like a velvet-trimmed cushion or a transfixing piece of art might.
Now things have changed somewhat in the last few decades. Lights have become much more of a statement in the home and designers have experimented with size, scale and shape, not to mention fabric and finishes.
Yes, lighting has earned itself some serious design cred, but how do you find the best combination of light sources to create what interior designers call ‘layered lighting schemes’? Because when your lighting works at every level – literally – and balances form and function, that’s when your room can be totally transformed.
Stuck for ideas? Let’s tackle living room lighting ideas first, with our top eight suggestions for how to illuminate it like a pro.