Lighting is essential for making a small living room feel cozy and comfortable. It can also make this room seem bigger than it is, emphasize architectural features, and complement the aesthetics. However, when the space is limited, illuminating a small room can be a challenge. Whether you want to make a small living room feel cozy or create the illusion of a bigger room, there are many things to consider to achieve the look you want in your home.
- Draw the eye up using a tall floor lamp, set of sconces, pendant, or chandelier in a small living room
- Utilize wall and overhead lights for warm, ambient lighting
- Include dimmer switches to control the brightness and set the mood
- Factor in lamp aesthetics to create a cohesive, balanced look
- Consider the aesthetics of lighting in the design of the room
In a small living room, you must carefully choose each added item. With space at a premium, everything makes an impact.
Select a Mini Chandelier That Looks Stunning On or Off
Lighting does more than brighten a room, although it can do that beautifully. It is also a design element that adds to the entire look and feel of the room. Too big and the design can feel unbalanced, too small and the lighting will not be noticed. Type and placement are crucial and can evoke different feelings in a living room. In small living rooms, mini chandeliers are an excellent choice for eye-catching lighting on a scale that doesn’t overpower the room.
Malibu 20 Inch 6 Light Mini Chandelier by Regina Andrew
A blend of classic style and modern charm, the Malibu 20 Inch 6 Light Mini Chandelier by Regina Andrew draws the eyes. It stands out against the white ceiling, showing off its bevy of draped, weathered blue wood beads, dressing up the space with style and glamour.
Willow 37 Inch 2 Light Chandelier by Mitzi
Hovering below the ceiling like a planetary system, the Willow 37 Inch 2 Light Chandelier by Mitzi puts the finishing touch on this living room. It brings a modern twist to this eclectic design. The aged brass and black finish and curved shape highlight the room’s simple elegance and act as a foil against the colorful artwork on the walls.
How to Illuminate Dark Corners
Brightening a dark living room is always a challenge. This is especially true in living rooms that don’t have large windows that let in tons of natural sunlight. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to chase away the shadows and improve the décor of your living room. Finding the ideal lighting level can be challenging but fulfilling when you get it right. It is also a fundamental element of every interior design style.
From chandeliers to pendants to sconces, there are many ways to add focused light exactly where you want it. Here are some examples of artfully using light and shadows that beautifully illuminate the living room.
Barry Goralnick Hatton 14 Inch Large Pendant by Visual Comfort Signature Collection
It doesn’t take much to give this small living room a quick boost of light and the Barry Goralnick Hatton 14 Inch Large Pendant by Visual Comfort Signature Collection does it perfectly. Stunning 24/7, this pendant is highlighted by the sunlight streaming through the window wall and chases shadows away in the evening, creating a cozy area for rest and relaxation. Its gentle warm light makes this room a popular place to gather.
Zanadoo 29 Inch Large Pendant by Arteriors Home
Bringing just the right amount of light to augment the sunlight from the windows, the Zanadoo 29 Inch Large Pendant by Arteriors Home adds ambient light to the room. An instant focal point, it is as stunning during the day as in the evening. The play of light and shadows makes this a moody space perfect for entertaining. The Redford 32 Inch Wall Sconce by Regina Andrew lets the beautiful artwork as a significant design element in the room.
How to Highlight the Design Elements of Your Living Room
Lighting can help your living room’s design stand out by making the most of the room’s architecture, highlighting artwork and display objects, and becoming a gorgeous element of the room in its own right. It can add beauty and sophistication to the living room and is a great way to produce a more relaxing and inviting environment.
Royalton 26 Inch Large Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting
The opulent glamour and elegance of the Royalton 26 Inch Large Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting references the excesses of the Jazz Age. Strings of crystal beads cascade all around the light source, making it an instant focal point and drawing attention to the architectural features of the ceiling. Its streamlined simplicity adds a dash of panache to this living room.
Greyson 29 Inch 5 Light Chandelier by Homeplace by Capital Lighting Fixture Company
The beautiful space features a striking color palette formed by the pure white walls and black window frames. The wood-beamed ceiling adds warmth and architectural interest. The Greyson 29 Inch 5 Light Chandelier by Homeplace by Capital Lighting Fixture Company echoes the black against white while drawing eyes to the beams and vaulted ceiling, highlighting the unique feature in the living room.
Arteriors Home Raven 17 Inch Large Pendant
Highly decorative, the playful Arteriors Home Raven 17 Inch Large Pendant features black-stained beechwood beads that allow illumination to seep through. It throws beautiful shadows against the wall behind will filling the room with a subtle glow.
Add Lamps That Double as Décor
When adding décor to your living room, eye-catching elements such as artwork, wallpaper, and furniture are probably the first things that come to mind. However, there is another attractive option, and that is the lighting. With so many stylish and beautiful lamps available, it’s easy to find living room lighting that adds a little extra spice to your décor.
Mark D. Sikes Curves No.1 30 Inch Table Lamp by Hudson Valley Lighting
The beautiful curving neck of the Mark D. Sikes Curves No.1 30 Inch Table Lamp by Hudson Valley Lighting puts task light just where you need it. The rattan woven accent highlights the aged brass finish and interesting texture drawn from the natural world. It adds an organic element to your interior décor. Mounted alongside the mirror, the Abington 18 Inch Wall Sconce by Hudson Valley Lighting brings extra flair to the room.
Kelly Wearstler Armato 28 Inch Table Lamp by Visual Comfort Signature Collection
This pair of Kelly Wearstler Armato 28 Inch Table Lamps by Visual Comfort Signature Collection makes a pretty vignette on this console table while bringing a natural element to the living room. In addition to their sturdy nature, the contrast of the black base against the white shade commands the eye’s attention.