How to Decorate a Living Room with Lamps


The key to a functional and comfortable living room rests in the choice of illumination in the room. If you have some hard-wired lighting but feel like table lamps and floor lamps would add a bit of subtle ambiance to the room, then check out some practical ideas. Table lamps and floor lamps offer something that existing light sources don't have, versatility. You can place a floor lamp or a table lamp in a living room and dramatically improve the mood and tone of the room. Practice these simple suggestions for a living room that has harmonizing illumination.

  • Divulge in Lamp Variations

    In the 1980s and 1990s, it was common to see lamps that were designed to be purchased as a three part set. Each of the light fixtures was made out of exactly the same materials, and was designed in the exact same way. The only difference was the height of the lamp itself. This overly coordinating lamp trend has come and gone, and a newer more varied and flexible decorative motif has emerged. You can divulge in lamp variations and still keep harmony and unity in your living room. For example, a brushed nickel floor lamp will complement a solid black table lamp if you choose contemporary lampshades for each. The lamp variations will add a sense of dynamic appeal to your living space.

  • Dare to Stack for More Dimension

    Table lamps don't have to rest directly on a table to serve the purpose they were designed for. You can stack books, magazines, or simple flat accessories on a table, and then place the table lamp on top of those items. This will actually add a greater sense of dimension to the table space itself. In addition, stacking a table lamp will add more height to the table and increase the illuminating effects in the room. You can even used a stacked table lamp in place of a floor lamp if the living area is better suited for a tall table lamp.

  • Experiment with Lampshade Design

    Illumination in a living room is not just about the lamp itself. It is also about the lampshade and bulb that you are using with the lamp. Lampshades designs are an important design element in modern living rooms because they add color, texture, and pattern to the room. They can be plain and simple or ornately designed depending on your decorative needs. In addition, the wattage and type of light bulb that you choose will have a great impact on the illumination in the living room. The key to a functional and comfortable living room rests in the choice of illumination for the room. Lamp variations, dimensional attributes, and lampshade design can all have a positive influence on the mood and feel in the room.

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