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Living with Light – Lighting your Living Room

Nowadays living rooms are not reserved just for special occasions. The living space is frequently the social center of the home. It is the place to curl up with a good book, watch tv, visit with friends or entertain formally.Unlike the kitchen and bathroom, where the position of the light fixtures is pretty much determined by the built-in furniture and appliances, the living room needs a more flexible lighting plan.
Lifestyles change over time, and furniture gets moved around. That’s the reason portable lamps work so well in a living area.
It’s amazing how good lighting can change a space. And it doesn’t even have to be expensive. A few tricks make a huge difference in making the living room feel comfortable and inviting.
Lighting a living room is a unique challenge, since most living rooms serve multiple functions from relaxing in front of the tv to formal entertaining. Unlike most other rooms, where their use dictate the position of the lighting fixtures, the living room will benefit from a flexible lighting plan. Lifestyles change over time, and so does the choice and arrangement of the furniture.
Table lamps and floor lamps offer flexibility for your living room lighting plan. They are practical solutions as task lighting as well as for spreading ambient light and warmth.
Start by illuminating points of interest in the room: architectural details like a natural stone fireplace, artwork on the walls, an antique armoire. These areas are usually at the perimeter of the room and will once they are illuminated add a considerate amount of accent light to the room. This type of lighting is best accomplished with track lighting, individual spot lights
or recessed lights with adjustable trims. Entire bookshelves, quilts or large pieces of artwork can be lit with wall washers.
Once you have lit your focal points, look for your task areas: Your favorite reading chair, a game table, a wet bar.  You want “pools of light” in these areas. They create atmosphere and a feeling of comfort and closeness. In a smaller living area these types of lighting might be sufficient. In larger spaces wall sconces or ceiling lights might help add ambient light.  You can also add a portable fixture or light the ceiling to help expand the space visually and can add interest to the room itself.
Remember to layer the light and control the layers independently so the room can adapt to different functions as needed.
Dimmers are a good way to help the change the mood of the room.

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