Your Living Room’s Purpose
As we said earlier, the living room or family room is the most versatile room in the house. When you enter a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen, you know what to expect. The designs will vary by home, but they all have the same general fixtures and layouts. But the living room isn’t governed by these constraints! The living room can be an entertainment center, a playroom, a quiet sitting room, or almost anything else you want it to be! At Madison Lighting, we can help you accomplish any family room design with amazing lighting. Get inspired with a few lighting and design ideas below, or explore our catalog to find unique fixtures that will be right for your plans.
• Lighting for an Entertainment Center •
Do you want to make your living room into a full-blown entertainment center? Play games, watch movies, and make a theater experience right in the comfort of your own home! To do this, you will need to take extra care with your lighting arrangement. Since you won’t want to have a glare on your TV, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t have any large hanging lights in the center of your room, or that they are easy to turn off. Wall sconces are a great choice for entertainment centers as they can emit enough light to let you see, highlight artwork or posters, and also be dimmed to help set the mood for your movie-watching experience.
• Lighting for a Playroom •
If you have children and your living room will mainly be an area for them to play, or you plan on entertaining guests and playing a lot of games, you’ll need some brighter lighting. Rather than harsh light, you’ll want chandeliers or centered fixtures that can provide enough light to encourage all manners of play. You can also utilize lamps and other accent lighting to make sure that you always have some good mood lighting for the times when you want to sit on the couch and relax.
• Lighting for Conversation •
One final design idea we’ll discuss will be if you want to make your living room into a sitting room for conversation and relaxation. In this case, you’ll want the focus to be on a central coffee table or sitting area. Your ambient lighting can range from hanging pendants to a variety of lamps spread across the room. Having a few different options for lighting will be helpful so you can change the mood depending on the night’s activity and the number of people using the space.