A Helpful Guide to Living Room Lighting

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Even if your living area is endowed with ample natural daylight, it's imperative to think carefully about lighting to make sure your space is illuminated the way you want during all parts of the day.

Here, we've broken down three ways to successfully light up your space. Follow along and make sure to shop our lighting selection to put these tips into action.

1. Overhead Pendant Lighting

Overhead lighting solutions can provide a functional boost where natural light doesn't solve all your needs. Plus, it can add a serious dose of style. 

Tip: If you have an overhead fixture, put it on a dimmer.

Usage Case #1: Signature Pendant Lighting

The core of this Southern Californian prefab home was kept open to maximize natural light. Clerestory windows, walnut cabinetry, and concrete floors define the living room, while additional lighting is provided by a signature accent piece, the Moooi Random Light

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Usage Case #2: Cluster Chandelier

The Clear Ice Chandelier was designed to resemble a floating cluster of ice.

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ABC Carpet & Home Clear Ice Chandelier
ABC Carpet & Home Clear Ice Chandelier
Available through ABC Carpet & Home, the Clear Ice Chandelier was designed to resemble a floating cluster of ice. It’s made up of nine mouth-blown glass globes and anodized aluminum stems that carefully hold them in place.

Usage Case #3: Natural Materials
A hanging pendant light made with natural materials can bring some texture and warmth to a modern living room. 

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Graypants Ohio Scraplight Pendant
Graypants Ohio Scraplight Pendant
Handmade with layers of recyclable cardboard, the Graypants Ohio Scraplight Pendant finds warmth in the raw material, forming a rustic source of ambient light.
Hawkins New York Habi Pendant
Hawkins New York Habi Pendant
The Habi pendant line of lighting is a new outlet for the Hawkins collection. Our first lighting line had to be exactly what both we, and our customers were looking for.

Usage Case #4: Never Too Many Pendants
This house features one-of-a-kind glass pendants from Bocci that accent nearly every room.

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Bocci 28 Series
Bocci 28 Series
As much a meditation on process as it is a collection of functional forms, the 28 Series by Vancouver-based designer Omer Arbel is fabricated by manipulating the temperature and direction of air flow into blown glass.


2. Task Lighting 

This is the type of lighting that helps you accomplish everyday tasks like reading on your sofa. A mix of light sources at different levels can help create a cozy ambiance and ensure that you have adequate light. 

Tip: Living rooms should be lit in three of four corners with a combination of table and floor lamps. 

Usage Case #1: Matching Materials
This wooden standing lamp blends in with the rest of the home's material palette.

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Usage Case #2: Modern Sculptural Piece
This graphic floor lamp from FLOS stands out like a work of art. 

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FLOS IC Floor Lamp
FLOS IC Floor Lamp
Perched on a slender metal arm, the spherical diffuser of the Flos IC Floor Lamp relies on careful engineering to balance easily on its minimalistic frame. The opal shade diffuses the light warmly, playing off the metallic finish of the bracket shaped stem.

Usage Case #3: Functional and Stylish
Sometimes, the right call is to choose a floor lamp that looks like a blown-up desk light. They're bound to get the job done. 

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Vipp Floor Reading Lamp
Vipp Floor Reading Lamp
The Vipp floor reading lamp is a reading light for the living room. Equipped with details such as an adjustable arm for focused lighting, the floor reading lamp also features a perforated shade and matte glass for a pleasant diffusion of light.

Usage Case #4: Conversation Pieces
This iconic floor lamp by Serge Mouille, alongside the Flow S4 Pendant designed by Nao Tamura, work together to create a standout space that's inspired by the reflections of the Venetian cityscape.

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Serge Mouille Three-Arm Floor Lamp
Serge Mouille Three-Arm Floor Lamp
French designer Serge Mouille originally created his Three-Arm Floor Lamp in 1952 for a customer who requested a large light for his clients with large rooms in South America.
Wonderglass Flow S4 Pendant
Wonderglass Flow S4 Pendant
The Flow S4 Pendant, designed by Nao Tamura, is inspired by the reflections of the Venetian cityscape glistening on the evening water that hints at an imaginary city below the moving surface. In Venice, where the real world and fantasy coexists, this pendant embodies the beauty of dual worlds.

3. Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can be used to enhance architectural details, artwork, or a favorite piece of furniture.

Tip: Use your lighting to create a spotlight on something special you want to highlight. 

Usage Case #1: Highlighting the Decor
Simple black ceiling lights are sprinkled throughout this house in areas that need extra illumination. Plus, some of them can be pointed in different directions in order to highlight certain areas of the space.

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Rich Brilliant Willing Crisp Wall/Ceiling Light
Rich Brilliant Willing Crisp Wall/Ceiling Light
The Crisp Wall/Ceiling Light is simple, modern, and a touch playful. Molded from solid glass, the diffuser of this modern light features a grooved front face that is reminiscent of the ruffles of a potato crisp.

Usage Case #2: Track Lighting
Track lighting serves a functional purpose, and can be integrated into your space in a more subtle way than you may have imagined. 

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WAC Lighting Summit ACLED Beamshift Line Voltage Cylinder Track Head
WAC Lighting Summit ACLED Beamshift Line Voltage Cylinder Track Head
The Summit ACLED Beamshift Line Voltage Cylinder Track Head is the perfect replacement for halogen MR16's as they offer lower wattage with superior lumen output, over 10 times the rated life span, less maintenance, no projected heat, and BeamShift technology in-field changeable beam angle.

Usage Case #3: Angular Ceiling That's Covered With Lights

The entertainment and dining spaces sit below the angular roof in this penthouse. A combination of two different types of ceiling lights illuminate the various angles of the ceiling.

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Fabbian Mochi Wall or Ceiling Light
Fabbian Mochi Wall or Ceiling Light
Mochi wall or ceiling light, from the Lumi collection, features a satin-finish, white, blown glass diffuser to evenly diffuse the light. The soft-shape allows this light to be used in various applications.
Atelier Areti Cone and Sphere Wall Light
Atelier Areti Cone and Sphere Wall Light
Cone And Sphere, a wall lamp proposed by Atelier Areti, is characterized by a powder coated metal structure and glass shade. It can be used either as a wall light or ceiling light.

Usage Case #4: Accent Lighting That's Part of the Design

Discretely tucked away into an architecturally interesting ceiling, the lighting in this retreat is actually part of the space's design. 

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