Decorative Lighting Guide for Your Living Room

Decorative lighting can completely transform the living room, not just by its style but also by where they are placed and the type of light they emit. Decorative lighting for the living room is the most eye-catching type of lighting. But, it is more than just a pretty chandelier or trendy table lamp. Choosing the right kind of lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of the living room.

What Kind of Lighting Is Best for the Living Room?

The living room, like any room in the home, requires layered lighting: ambient, accent, and task. Each layer is responsible for specific lighting that works with the other types to enhance the living room’s design.

Getting the layers right can make the entire home feel warm and inviting. But beyond that, decorative lighting fixtures for the living room add personality, identity, and style to the décor. It can function as any of the requisite layers or be a focal point standing on its own merits.

Umura 6 Light LED Multi Light Pendant by Eurofase Lighting

When designing on a grand scale, it’s go big or go home, and the Umura 6 Light LED Multi Light Pendant by Eurofase Lighting goes big with style. The neutral colors and reflective surfaces in this space are the perfect foil for this delectable multi-pendant light’s polished, rich composition.

How Do Wall Lights Add Warmth to My Living Room?

Wall sconces bring additional warmth, mood, and ambient lighting to the living room. They sprinkle small amounts of light throughout the space and can be used as accent lighting to highlight artwork or special features. Low-level lighting is relaxing and can make the living room feel inviting and serene. Their artistic shapes add an enticing layer to your interior design.


Visual Comfort and Co. Kelly Wearstler Piel 19 Inch LED Wall Sconce

Stunning wall sconces can instantly level up living room décor. And that’s exactly what you see in this room, featuring a pair of Visual Comfort and Co. Kelly Wearstler Piel 19 Inch LED Wall Sconces. They create a captivating focal that is in perfect proportion, adding warmth, elegance, and style to this chic living room.

The Different Types of Decorative Lights for the Living Room Area

The living room is the most important room of a home, host to so many activities, from relaxing after a long day to entertaining to spending quality time with family. Living room lighting should be functional and able to handle all these activities, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be decorative and stylish. From pendants to chandeliers to table lamps, living room lighting can help create a living room you’ll love to show off.

Pendant Lights

Adding unique pendant lighting to the living room creates a simple and elegant focal point. It offers downlighting as well as ambient lighting when placed in the center of a seating area. They come in various styles to go with almost any interior aesthetic. Living rooms with high ceilings can handle oversized pendants or even a group of pendants. For rooms with lower ceilings, hanging the pendant over the coffee table offers style and illumination while keeping it out of guests’ way.

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Serenity 34 Inch LED Large Pendant by Corbett Lighting

White walls and warm wood flooring make the perfect backdrop for the cozy aesthetic of this transitional living room. The Serenity 34 Inch LED Large Pendant by Corbett Lighting takes center stage, bathing the room in a welcoming glow. The result is perfectly balanced and pleasing to the eye with just the right amount of complementary cool and warm tones.

Sfera 20 Inch Large Pendant by Hubbardton Forge

If one pendant is good, three are better, as seen with this eye-catching trio of Sfera 20 Inch Large Pendants by Hubbardton Forge. Their light and airy look makes a dramatic and functional lighting statement. This modern living room exudes sophistication and class, with carefully-selected colors and finishes.


Chandeliers add a dramatic, decorative element to living rooms. In addition to aesthetics, they provide ambient lighting throughout the area. This is the foundational layer of any lightscape. A chandelier creates a spectacular centerpiece that offers warm, dimmable lighting.

Selva 12 Light Chandelier by Eichholtz

If you are looking for rich opulence, look no further than the Selva 12 Light Chandelier by Eichholtz. Lit or unlit, this unique chandelier radiates lightness and elegance into the living room. The light radiating through mouth-blown globes spreads soothing illumination when lit. Created by skilled artisans, it’s the perfect addition to this stunningly dramatic room.

Menlo Park 41 Inch 12 Light Chandelier by Artcraft

It’s not how far the feet can go that give the feeling of spaciousness, but how far the eyes can travel. The Menlo Park 41 Inch 12 Light Chandelier by Artcraft draws the eyes upward, highlighting the pitch of the ceiling and adding visual space to the room. It gives an immediate boost that completes this gorgeous design.

Track lighting

Track lighting’s most desirable features are versatility and flexibility. It can be integrated into the living room design in many ways. In smaller rooms, it can be used as ambient lighting or accent lighting for artwork or architectural features. Track lighting can also be used for task lighting or to highlight an entire wall. Each head can move along the track and swivel, allowing you to customize how the light casts down into your room.

Table Lamps

Table lamps are one of the most economical ways to add decorative touches to your lighting design. Their versatility lets you place them anywhere in the living room. And by merely changing their position in the room, you can switch up the entire look of the space. They can be used to highlight specific pieces of furniture and add a layer of task lighting where needed. A beautiful, brightly lit table lamp can lift up the aura of the living room.

Kate Spade New York Ellery 22 Inch Table Lamp by Visual Comfort and Co.

Task lighting doesn’t get any more exquisite than with the Kate Spade New York Ellery 22 Inch Table Lamp by Visual Comfort and Co. The soft brass finish and cream linen shade add subtle, elegant playfulness to the room’s decor. Get ready to settle in with a good book next to this whimsical table lamp.


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