Lighting is one of the most important design elements in a room. Like color or flooring, lighting can change the look and feel of a room. In a living room, a variety of lighting should be used to create different lighting zones and layers of lighting for different activities.
Overhead lighting such as a pendant, chandelier or close to ceiling mounted fixture can bathe the room in a wash of light. This is great for when you need bright light. Activities like family game night or a party might require overhead lighting. Putting your ceiling light on a dimmer will make it more versatile. Having a soft overhead light combined with floor or table lamps gives the room a beautiful, well rounded light.
Table lamps and floor lamps can be used as task lighting, too. Next to a chair or sofa, these lights can create a place to read or use the laptop. When watching a movie, overhead light might be too bright. Using task light can give you enough light to see the popcorn and your drink without disrupting the ambiance.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space, a small task light is a good choice. A swing arm lamp that can be adjusted makes for versatile light that can be directed over the chair, onto the floor or wall. A lamp that clamps onto a table or even a swing arm wall sconce like the one pictured above can save even more valuable table space.