Living Room Lamp Ideas
When it comes to lighting a living room, the humble lamp has been a mainstay since the invention of the light bulb. But there are many ways to use lamps that suit modern living. We’ll cover some ways you can use living room lamps to round out your modern home.
For ambient light, it's tough to beat the intimate glow of a shaded lamp. Shades not only shield the eye from glare; they diffuse the light within for a cozy glow.
Part ambient light and part task lamp, a lamp with a shade that's open on the bottom allows you to direct light over coffee tables or reading nooks. One with an articulating arm like this can be pulled over any space you wish to shine direct light on.
Another open-bottomed shade, this lamp makes the most of its presence with a striking silhouette. This style isn't adjustable, though it does provide a warm pool of downlight that's ideal for reading.
Highly decorative floor lamps are statement makers and practical tools as part of a greater lighting scheme. As the ambient layer, this kind of lamp provides comfortable general lighting and can be used as a night light when installed on a dimmer switch.
Shown: IC Floor Lamp from FLOS
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More portable than a floor lamp, table lamps come in as many shapes and styles as you can imagine. This style is an updated version of a classic shaded lamp, and offers a warm glow for any corner that needs a bit of brightening.
If horizontal real estate is at a premium in your living room, or you prefer cords out of the way, a convertible wall light can perform much the same way as a floor or table lamp. Look for a long, adjustable arm to direct the light where you like, and push it back against the wall for more room.
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Often the mention of a “lampshade” inspires mild horror in the design lover’s heart. Modern lamps can be as sleek and sexy as you like, far from the pleated, plastic-covered shades of eras past.
Try a classic mid-century light in a form that works with today's hectic lifestyle. A pinup wall light (i.e. one with a plug) can be moved and removed to any place you like the look of. This one reminds of the iconic floor lamp but without the footprint.
A more straightforward wall light also works in the living room as an accent light or over a dedicated task area. These ultra-modern designs make up for in style what they lack in adjustability--just be sure to plan ahead and commit to a layout if you're going to hard-wire a sconce.
A fun aspect to portable lights is that you can trot them out and move them about as your whims dictate. A showstopper like this floor lamp might become overwhelming everyday, or it might impress so much it just has to go everywhere you do.
Tabletop portables are a simple way to inject color and style into your living room without a huge redecorating commitment. They're also easy to bring from one task area to another as needed. Small enough to store for seasonal displays, you're free to use your favorite any time you like.
As ever, installing your living room lamps on their own switches ensures you have ultimate control over your atmosphere. Pin-up fixtures typically have switches on the cord, so you can easily transition from reading to watching TV without getting up from your comfortable seat.
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Living room lamps are indispensable members of a modern design scheme as they provide the ever-important ambient layer and, often, task lighting. The more uses your living room has, the more customizable your fixtures should be to get the most use from each piece. With the thousands of styles and features available, the hardest part will be choosing which one to bring home. Luckily we’ve got an extensive collection of living room lamps that range from living room floor lamps to living room table lamps and more.
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