The living room is one of the most widely and commonly used rooms in your home, which is why finding the best possible lighting solutions for it is more important than you might think. You utilize your living room for a variety of events in your life, from lazy Sundays to upscale dinner parties, and you want lighting that is able to accommodate those vastly different tasks.

Luckily, at Franklin Lighting in Sarasota, Florida, we have lighting experts that can help you optimize the lighting in your home’s living room. From ceiling lights to wall lights to lamps, we can help connect you with the best lighting solutions that match your living room’s design and style while staying within your budget. Contact us today for our professional advice on your next lighting project.

To make your life a little bit easier, we’ve put together a guide on finding the perfect lighting fixtures for your home’s living room in this blog post. For some further inspiration, feel free to stop by our lighting showroom in Sarasota or browse our online lighting catalog.

Layer your lighting.

When you layer your lighting, you utilize different lighting solutions and strategically place your lighting fixtures so the room can be used for a variety of activities. Lighting solutions range from ambient lighting, which is used to set the mood or atmosphere of a room, to task lighting, which is used to illuminate and help you accomplish specific tasks in a room.

In a living room, you want three layers of lighting: high, medium, and low. High lighting is your ceiling lighting or hanging lights, medium lighting is your wall lights, and low lighting is your table lamps and other smaller lighting fixtures.

By mixing these three levels of lighting, you’re able to turn on different lighting combinations for whatever task you’re trying to accomplish or mood you’re trying to set. On average, you want about 1,500 to 3,000 lumens of ambient lighting for your living room and at least 400 lumens of task lighting.

Add a centerpiece lighting fixture.

To add the finishing touch to your living room’s lighting, we suggest choosing a centerpiece lighting fixture that becomes the focal point of the room. Whether you opt for a large, extravagant crystal chandelier or a modernized pendant light, a bold lighting fixture will impress your guests and provide functional ceiling lighting as well.

Pro tip: Install a dimmer for this centerpiece lighting fixture so you can make your living room as bright or dimmed as you’d like.  

Create an overall natural glow.

Between the natural lighting from your windows and the lighting fixtures you decide on, your living room should have an overall natural glow to it. To get that natural glow, you might have to install new window treatments or add multiple ceiling lighting fixtures.

We suggest using recessed lighting around the perimeter of your living room to provide the best natural lighting for the space, as this will ensure all areas of your room are properly illuminated.

Match your lighting fixtures.

When it comes to having your living room look uniformed and well put together, we suggest matching your lighting fixtures in regards to their style and finishing. You don’t want your wall sconces to have a modern contemporary look and your ceiling lights to have a farmhouse traditional design without any sort of intentional purpose.

Remember: This is your home and you’re a homeowner. Don’t treat your living room like it’s your college dorm.

Illuminate any photos or art pieces.

Accent lighting is perfect for highlighting architectural designs in your living room as well as any photos or art pieces you want to show off.  Whether you utilize picture lights or ceiling-mounted accent lights, you deserve to highlight certain areas and aspects in your living room with pride.

Get functional.

Of course, the lighting in your living room should be more functional than it is design-focused. If you live in a warmer climate, it might be practical for you to invest in a ceiling fan with lights attached. If you use your living room to read a lot, choose a table or floor lamp right next to your favorite reading chair.

Your living room will be utilized most by you and your family, so take into consideration the things you all do in the living room before you consider any designing stages. And the best part about lighting is you can always add and adjust it, depending on what you end up needing.

Get help from our Franklin Lighting specialists.

Whether you’re searching for brand new lighting solutions for your living room or you’re upgrading to today’s lighting standards, we can help you find living room lights that you’ll fall in love with. As a homeowner, your home is a long-term investment that requires continuous care and attention, and investing in your lighting is something that will make a noticeable difference to you and your guests.

If you need help finding living room lighting solutions for your home, choose Franklin Lighting today. You can reach us at (941) 355-2550 or by filling out our online form. You can also visit our Sarasota lighting showroom for more information.