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5 Atmospheric Ideas For Living Room Lighting

14 November 2019

When we’re decorating our homes, our focus normally tends to fall on furniture, finishings, and decorative elements. It’s fun decorating and making a space your own – however, more often than not, lighting falls by the wayside, becoming an afterthought to be dealt with later down the track.

Lighting can make or break the design and overall atmosphere of a room – especially when it comes to the living room.

In most homes, the living room is a meeting place for everyone who lives there – whether it’s a small family eating together in front of the telly at dinner, or a couple entertaining friends over the weekend, the living room is the focal point of the house, which is why lighting should be carefully considered and selected to create the perfect atmosphere.

In this blog, we share some of the most atmospheric lighting ideas for a living room space, including affordable options for renters and homeowners looking to save a buck or two. Read on – we’ve got a living room lighting solution for you!

#1. Glass ball pendant lighting with vintage-filament light bulbs


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The living room is the epitome of comfort and relaxation in your home – so naturally, you want the lighting in your living room to be soft and subtle, but light enough to read comfortably. 

One option for atmospheric lighting in your living room is pendant lighting, for example the glass ball chandelier pictured above. The glass balls are modern and chic aesthetically, but with low-voltage, vintage-filament light bulbs, you can create a soft, yellowish overtone in your living room which is relaxing, yet easy to see through.

You can find vintage-filament light bulbs in your local Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings or even Kmart at an affordable price – alternatively, talk to you local electrician about creating a relaxing atmosphere in your living room today.

#2. Touch lamps with opaque glass and shading


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Ever gotten home from school or work after a long day and crashed on the couch in front of the television? 

Don’t worry – we’ve all done it. Controlling the lights in your living room should be hassle-free and, well, a little bit lazy! If you’re prone to falling asleep on the couch and want a simple solution to light control, consider picking up a touch-lamp for your coffee table or corner table. 

Touch lamps are simple to set up and easy to use – when you’re ready to turn off the lamp, all you have to do is touch the base of the lamp and you’ll be in total darkness, ready for a proper sleep.

Additionally, touch lamps come with multiple settings, so you can choose how bright you’d like your living room to be at any one time. For an added atmospheric bonus, look for touch lamps with opaque glass bases and opaque shades – this will soften the light coming from your lamp, adding an extra layer of comfort and relaxation to your living room lighting.

Forget getting up and switching off the light – touch lamps are perfect for lazing around the living room!

#3. Blue, white or golden fairy lights


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Need a living room lighting solution which looks good, uses minimal power, but is also affordable? 

Say hello to fairy lights.

Not just for decorating your house during the holiday season, fairy lights are a popular choice for renters and homeowners looking for a non-invasive, affordable solution to the living room or bedroom lighting. Fairy lights are super cheap to purchase from your local supermarket, Bunnings or Kmart, and they come in a wide range of colours to suit your living room decor.

For example, homes with lots of vintage furniture, blankets, pillows and artworks might like soft gold or yellow fairy lights, whereas a modern or retro home design might prefer a twinkling white or blue light.

For an atmospheric twist, consider mixing colours like in the image above – a mix of yellow, white and blue lights looks incredible, whilst also providing enough light for reading and entertainment by night.

#4. Traditional Moroccan lanterns (complete with candles)


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Want to bypass electricity usage altogether? Consider installing some traditional Moroccan lanterns to your living room decor.

Lanterns have made major waves in the interior design industry over the past decade. For one, Moroccan lanterns look incredible and the timber construction can be purchased in a wide range of colours to suit your interior design. Secondly, they’re ideal for homeowners looking to reduce their electricity usage. 

Rather than adding light bulbs to your lanterns, consider popping in soy-based candles (scented or unscented, entirely up to you) and enjoy the relaxing, flickering lights. Lanterns are perfect for creating a laid back atmosphere, especially when you’re watching movies or entertaining by night.

#5. Metal frames pendant lighting


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For minimalist living room designs, you might consider installing some metal framed pendant lighting like the lights above. While the steel/metal construction is simple, the geometric design looks fantastic in minimalist homes. For example, a living room adorned in white furniture and black finishings would look incredible with a black framed chandelier.

These pendant light designs are common to come by in your local lighting store nowadays, but you can also talk to your electrician about how to install these ceiling lights with minimal disruptions to your living room or home.

Get in touch with the team from GKT Group for more advice on installing chandeliers and ceiling lights.

Lighting can make or break the ambience of your living room – so choose wisely!

As mentioned above, lighting is one of the most important factors when it comes to designing and decorating a living room. Atmospheric lighting ensures your living room is relaxing, inviting and comfortable in the evenings, while also complementing your interior design at the same time.

There are a wide range of affordable and power-bill friendly lighting options available for your living room, including touch lamps, fairy lights and lanterns – however, the final decision comes down to your aesthetic and living room needs. 

When installing new lights, however, you should always talk to your local electrician on the safest way to get the job done. GKT Group are your number one team for residential lighting and electrical projects in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley region, so feel free to contact us for a free quote today!

For more living room lighting ideas and help planning your living room electrical upgrades, get in touch with the GKT Group team today

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