Living Room Lighting

A good lighting plan for your living room is often one of the more difficult plans to make. Why? Your living room lighting plan must be flexible enough to serve multiple functions. And some want their lighting plan to change as they decide to change the arrangement of furniture in their room. As a result lots of thought should go into what type of lighting you use in each area.

Ceiling and Recessed Lighting

You might be installing recessed or track lighting to provide light all over the room or to light a specific area in your room. Regardless, you’ll need to use the same principles. Placement of fixtures isn’t something we’ll get into here, but the type of light bulbs you’ll need is something I want to recommend.

If you are using recessed lighting all over your room, you’ll want to use a light bulb that will give you all over lighting. Using incandescent standard A19 style light bulbs or going to a compact fluorescent twister style or A shape will give you an all over light.

If you need recessed lighting to light a specific area, you will then want to go to a flood or spot light type light bulb. Over a fireplace is the most common place to use these. Some also like to use wide flood light bulbs in recessed lighting. They give a large section of light without a total bright room and provide some interesting contrast of light.

Portable Lighting

What do I mean by portable lighting? Anything you can pick up and move, mainly table lamps and floor lamps. These need to be placed at the end of sofas or beside chairs and sometimes in corners or areas not well lit by other lighting options. Use portable lighting not only to light a reading area but to give a different dimension to your lighting plan either when overhead lighting is on or not. Mini Deco Twister CFL light bulbs are perfect for these as they are super energy efficient and you don’t see the bulb….or shouldn’t.

Art or Photo Illumination

There are three ways to illuminate art work or photos on your walls: sconces, recessed lighting or track lighting. In this application you will definitely want to use a spot light bulb in your recessed or track lighting. Depending on the fixture you use, there will be different specifications as to how far from the wall and the angle in which you have your can. Sconces can use lots of light bulbs. Sconces will give more of an indirect light effect where it’s not spot lighted but just brightened. Which application depends on the desired effect you have for the piece of art or photo.

Wet Bar or Game Table Areas

Areas off to the side where you plan to have a table or bar can take some low hanging lighting. Pendants are nice hung over a bar area and are generally hung in odd numbers; 3 being the most common. Pendants should be hung 72″ from the floor. This allows for folks to stand across the bar and talk to each other and the pendant to not be in the way of conversation.

If you are installing a larger pendent or chandelier type fixture over a game or hobby table, these you’ll want to hang at about 60″ from the floor. The biggest concern here is getting the light down to the task area.

Inner Cabinet Lighting

There is nothing more interesting that having room to put a very small portable lamp on a bookcase shelf. If your shelves are adjustable this might be an option for you. You generally don’t want anything taller than 18″. It’s often hard to find those petit good looking lamps but they do exist.

The more prominent way of lighting a book case or display case of sorts is to have puck or Cove Powercore lighting. Puck lights are small round lights that are installed roughly 18″ apart on the underside of the shelf. Cove lighting is a longer fixture that provides more all over lighting. The fixtures can be added on to each other to go the length of the shelf.

The top 3 or 4 shelves are most often what you’ll want to illuminate. Sometimes folks will want to light the entire case but you don’t need to do this as your most important items will be on the eye level shelves and higher.

Using these guidelines should help you formulate your living room lighting plan. With some thought about what your room will look like and the functions of the room, a plan will begin to evolve.

Open Up Your Small Living Room

A living room is often one of the most utilized rooms in a house. It can be used as a gathering place for youthful hangouts or study sessions. Perhaps your room is used to host monthly group meetings or clubs. Sporting events may be watched regularly from your living room sofa. Maybe your room is the site of regular parties or social gatherings. Whatever the case may be, the living room deserves special attention when it comes to home decorating. This is the space in your home where you reconnect with your family and loved ones.

The feel of a living space in manipulated with the way furniture is placed in it; the way colors are added to it and accents that are used in it. Different design elements can completely transform the look and feel of a living room. Even if your living room is a problem spot in your house, do not despair there are solutions to minimize the things you don’t like and maximize the potential that is there.

If your living room is on the smaller side, make sure you are aware of the furniture pieces you are putting into that room. It is important not to overburden a smaller space with too many pieces of furniture or too large of furniture. The placement of furniture and area rugs in a small space is essential. In order to visually expand the space, keep furniture toward the walls. Clumping furniture too close together, or too near the center of the room, will visibly shrink an already small space.

If you use your living area as a space where you watch television or movies often the placement of the furniture and TV or projector is even more important. Placing the television and seating furniture along opposite walls is often the best and possibly only real solution, proper placement of an area rug will help keep your room from visually shrinking. Place the area rug in front of or underneath the television then place the furniture along the opposite outside edge of the rug. This visually expands your floor space and will keep you from feeling too cramped. If possible, use a round or oval shaped rug to eliminate a boxy feel.

Choosing the right size rug is extremely important in a smaller sized living room. Using too large of a rug will end up seeming like the main flooring, or carpet, in a room. Using too small of a rug can look like an afterthought and unplanned design element. It will not have the right effect on your decorating as a well thought out and planned rug. Essentially you should look for a rug that is large enough to cover the center of the floor, but not too large that all of the furniture along the perimeter of the room rests fully on top of it. If you shift the rug so that it covers more of one side of a room leaving exposed flooring on the other side, you will again visually change the appearance of the size of the room. Small living rooms can be greatly enhanced by choosing and using the right area rugs.

Tips For Decorating Your Living Room on a Budget

In most homes, the living room is the place where most of the action happens. This is where you spend time together as a family and entertain your friends. Apart from the bed room, your living room is where you spend the maximum time in your house. It is no wonder then, that all of us want our living rooms to look good and be comfortable. However, with constant wear and tear, our living room starts looking drab, old fashioned and mostly in need of a change for the better. Unfortunately, redecorating even a single room in the house can prove to be extremely costly, and a situation involving redecorating your living room is no different. However, with our tips on redoing your living room, you can easily and quickly freshen up your living room’s decor without spending a huge packet.

Bring Out The Colors: Changing the color scheme of a room is an easy and inexpensive method of redecorating it. Choose a color scheme that is different from what your living room was sporting earlier. In order to give your living room paint a professional feel, mix and match two or three colors, paint one wall a different color or use dark colors for accenting certain portions of the room.

Go Green: Bringing in plants into your living room adds both color and life to the room. Adding greens to a room always makes it look classy and cool. Buy a couple of potted plants and arrange them in a corner of the living room where there is some light. You can also keep your plants in a dark corner and hang a lamp on top. This will not only make sure that your plants live; it will also result in a beautiful corner arrangement.

Add Space: If you wish your living room was larger than what it currently is, but can do nothing much about it, then putting up a couple of mirrors on the wall is the next best thing to breaking down walls. Mirrors add an illusion of added space, and if you do it correctly, you might just end fooling yourself about the actual size of your living room.

Cover Your Floors: Changing your dull or drab floor tiles or carpeting is an extremely expensive move. If you are fed up with your old floor, then buying carpets and multi colored rugs and placing them strategically across your living room will give your living room floor a new lease of life and color at a minimal cost. You can choose from a wide range of floor coverings depending on your budget and the theme of your living room.

Create Your Own Art: One of the cheapest methods of decorating your room is by using art work and decorative pieces that you have created yourself. Even if you are not very artistic, you can easily put together a collage of pictures, leaves or dry flowers that will look appealing once it is framed. You can also frame interesting pieces of fabrics or cushion covers to create a tapestry like wall hanging.

Add To Your Upholstery: While changing all the furniture in your living room, sofas, settees and chairs can be very costly, you can easily get the upholstery changed for a fraction of the price, and your sofas will once again start looking new. If you cannot find someone to do this for you, then you can shop around for throws, shawls and new cushion covers to give your seating space a new look for less.

Remodeling For Those on a Budget – Remodel Your Living Room For $1000 Or Less!

Remodeling a living room can cost a substantial amount of money; today, many people just don’t have the budget for a complete remodel. If your living room needs a fresh new look but your financial situation prevents you from spending too much money, this article offers tips for giving the room an entirely appearance for $1000 or less.

Paint – A budget-friendly solution for many problems

Paint can cover a multitude of sins! If your walls are paneled and look like they came right out of the 60’s, paint can work miracles. You can paint directly over clean paneling, or remove it if you like. Use trendy shades such as peach, burnt orange or toast to warm up the room.

You may want to paint baseboards and trim a contrasting or complementary color to add depth and interest. Paint your ceiling a bright white to make the room look taller, or a darker shade to bring a tall ceiling down to size.

Paint can also be used to give your wood furniture a new look. Sand off the old stain or paint, add a new color and gently sand the edges for an antiqued appearance. Also consider giving your walls rich texture by using techniques such as rag-rolling and sponging.

A new floor doesn’t have to cost a fortune

Most people assume that putting a new floor covering in the living room will cost thousands of dollars, but that isn’t necessarily true. Today, you can have carpet or laminate flooring installed for approximately $2 per square foot. This means that if your living room is 300 square feet, you can have a brand new floor for about $600!

Laminate flooring is a project you can probably handle yourself, so you don’t pay for installation charges. Carpet is a bit trickier, and it’s probably best to leave the installation of carpet to the pros.

Lighting

Another bright idea for updating your living room is to install a new light fixture especially if you have only one in the ceiling as the main source of light. Replace it with a completely new light fixture, or consider placing a ceiling fan with lights to give the room a cozy, comfortable appeal. You can replace a light fixture or add a ceiling fan for about $100.

Window treatments make a world of difference

Have a large window in your living room that is your main source of natural light? If you have sheers, curtains or thick draperies hanging from the windows, consider a window treatment that is a bit more modern in appearance. A fabric valance with tassels that hang just over the top edge of the window adds modern appeal, and lets natural light flood the room!

These are just a few ideas for giving your living room an entirely new appeal without spending more than your budget will allow. Put these tips to work in your home, and your living room will look as though you’ve spent a fortune – only you will know the real truth!