Friday, March 8, 2013

Living Room Lighting

When lighting the living room, it is important to create texture and ambience – perhaps more so than in any other room of the house. There is little point investing time and money into the decorative scheme of your dreams, to then neglect the lighting design. It is only through lighting after all, that you can conjure up the right atmosphere for your living space.

My favourite trick is to have a variety of light sources to illuminate the living room. This light layering instantly transforms the space, and it means that there is plenty of light available for different tasks such as reading in your armchair, or playing board games with the family. Having different light sources also creates a textural effect, and allows for a dramatic play between light and shadow. To achieve this, consider floor standing lamps, table lamps, and wall lights for the living room in addition to a general ceiling light. Floor, table and wall lights are usually referred to as task lights, because they are both functional and decorative.

Table lamps

Table lamps are a popular choice for the living room, often found on coffee tables or study desks. Place one such as the striking armadillo-esque Tatou T1 on a decorative table next to a sofa or an armchair. Play with proportions by putting an oversized lamp on a small, rounded table. Or for something more discreet, try the unique Cuboluce. This mini light box can be placed on the floor or on a table, and can be illuminated simply by flipping over its lid.

Floor lamps Floor lamps should be treated as a piece of furniture in itself. Make a statement with an oversized Anglepoise or a sculptural AJ Floor Light by Louis Poulsen perched in the corner or next to a reclining chair. To really impress, invest in the CSYS Tall --an innovative design by vacuum heir Jake Dyson that guarantees a lifespan of 40 years. It is completely adjustable and dimmable, and can create either a private or a wide, soft pool of light.

Wall Lights

Wall lights (also known as sconces) are great in addition to, or even instead of ceiling lights. Place a lamp such as the Chuo in a dark alcove, or above your sofa for a warm and soft light.

All lights featured are available from Geoffrey Harris at


Ms. Journ March 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM  

Very well said tsang... passing by after 10 years hahaha... Mustamos!

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