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Living Room Wall Lighting Ideas

The living room is the heart of the home, so it’s important to properly layer light in the space. Wall light fixtures can be an excellent source of ambient lighting, especially in large or open spaces like living rooms. Wall sconces can also provide accent lighting, creating a cozy atmosphere. And there are even wall spotlights that concentrate light downwards offer much-needed task lighting. Decorative wall lighting can act as stand-alone wall art or be incorporated with paintings or photographs. Without further ado, are some living room wall lighting ideas to get some inspiration for your modern home.

Don’t Worry, Be Tidy

Living Room Wall Sconces
Tersus LED Wall Sconce from Cerno

Wall lights are one of the best ways to make a living room feel homey and cozy, without obstructing your line of sight. In a room with high ceilings, long pendant cords might clutter the space. Wall lights on either side of a fireplace or couch is an easy way to add lighting while keeping an open feel.

Matching Materials

Living Room Wall sconce from Ylighting
Tate Wall Light from Astro Lighting

Living room wall sconces come in many styles and materials. If you’re looking for a minimalistic, yet elegant design, it’s ok to mix complementary materials. A light fabric shade atop a metal stem can add a dash of traditional and modern at the same time.

Dress Your Best

living room golden wall sconces
Mercer Wall Light from Hinkley Lighting

This round wall sconce with Art Deco features is a classic option. Black shades are a perfect choice if you want to formalize the room. The gold round wall sconces can instantly add a distinct, elegant look while adding visual depth to light and dark colored walls and floors.

Little Light, Big Difference

Hinkley Living room wall sconces
Sometimes it only takes a little light to make a big difference. Give a more traditional style living room a modern interior design update with sconces that are both hip and old-timey (putting Edison bulbs in your wall sconce usually does the trick).

Contemporary Decor

Shatter wall and ceiling sconces at Ylighting
Shatter LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light from Axolight

Don’t be afraid to choose wall lights with that modern edge you are looking for. Horizontal, geometric designs that offer both uplighting and downlighting are a nice choice because they provide potent ambient lighting, while adding a contemporary decorative element to your living room.

The Secret of Downlighting

Type 75 Living room wall sconces at Ylighting
Type 75 Mini Wall Light from Anglepoise

Consider using downlights for those hard-to-light areas, such as columns, corners, and entryways. Wall lights that provide downlighting increase visibility in areas that might otherwise be covered in shadows. Try combining wall and table lighting for even more coverage, this is an excellent option if you have a small or awkwardly-shaped living room.

When Bigger is Better

Living room wall sconces at Ylighting
Sestessa LED Wall Light from ZANEEN design

Ceilings lights are certainly not the only option when it comes to ambient lighting. One of the best ways to provide general lighting in a large living room is to choose big, round wall lights that beam illumination upwards and downwards. Modern, artistic designs are quite popular for this purpose in contemporary living rooms.

Bring the Garden Indoors

Leaf living roomw all sconces | Ylighting
Calla Wall Light from Arteriors

Some living room wall lights are made to add character to the space. If you truly want to beautify your living room consider decorative wall lights. Wall lights shaped like flowers, petals, or other natural elements are very popular to evoke the essence of an indoor garden.

Choose a Different Accent

Circle Living room wall sconces
Assolo Flush Mount Ceiling Light / Wall Light from ZANEEN design

Uplights are the perfect choice to add some accent lighting to your living room. Minimalist designs made from gold, brass, or other metals are a trendy option for the modern living room since they magnify the atmospheric effect of accent lighting.

Look for Family

Oval pendant light and matching wall sconce
Cranton Oval Pendant Light from Original BTC

If you want a cohesive look for your living room, consider buying wall sconces from the same collection or brand as your ceiling lights. Whether your living room features a pendant or chandelier, search for a wall light that compliments in terms of color, material, and design to create that seamless look.

Everything in its Place

Led Wall Sconces in Living Room
Tersus LED Wall Sconce from Cerno

The proper placement of your living room wall light can make a difference in the living room lighting experience. Position the wall sconce at eye level, which is typically five-and-a-half or six feet high. If you have dark walls or furniture, look for wall lights that act as both uplights and downlights to enhance ambient lighting in the room.

Wall Sconces in a Pattern

Prop Light Round Wall Sconces
Prop Light Round Suspension Light from Moooi

Just as chandeliers are the pinnacle of display for ceilings, you can create quite a landscape in your living room by choosing the right wall lights. Strategically-placed large, decorative wall lights can replace paintings and photographs by dazzling guests with a unique light show.

A Modern Classic

PAX Living Room Wall Sconces
Pax Wall Light from Hinkley Lighting

The new classic wall light design for the modern living room is the geometric look. If you want to join this contemporary tradition, select cuboid-shaped wall scones that beam light both up and down. This is an all-time favorite for those with minimalist taste.

No Electrician Necessary

Plug in Nelson Bubble Wall Sconces
Nelson Ball Wall Sconce from Nelson Bubble Lamps

If you lack a junction box in the desired area, or simply don’t want to rewire your living room, plug-in wall lights are an excellent alternative. Plug-in wall sconces can feature elegant and dramatic designs that are easy to install since they will connect to any standard outlet.

The Power of Decoration

Gravy Wall Sconces in Living room
Gravy Wall Sconce from Koncept

Living room wall lights can work as excellent decorative tools. Some of the most trending designs include geometric shapes or patterns. Once you found a design you like, you can place several large wall lights around the room to provide both ambient and decorative lighting.

Get the Task Done

Modern Rustic living room design
Entra Flanged Adjustable Round Bevel Trim from Element

Wall lights are a perfect way to layer light in the living room. If you need some task lighting above a seating arrangement but lack the room for floor lamps, position downlights on the wall. Circular or dome-shaped shades can provide a wide area of coverage.

Imagination Unleashed

Custom LED living room wall sconces
Formala Plus LED Flush Mount Ceiling / Wall Light from ZANEEN design

If you want to create a splash for your living room, let wall lights serve as your wall art. Some wall lights offer unique designs, such as flexible steel strips that experiment with shape and light. Let unique wall lights provide that playful atmosphere you’re looking for in your living room.

Ceiling Light on the Wall

Large down light living room wall sconces
Sestessa LED Wall Light from ZANEEN design

Cleverly placed wall lights can act just like ceiling lights. Find large downlights and place them strategically over seating arrangements to provide much-needed task lighting. Positioning wall lights on either side of a corner is a perfect way to maximize light coverage.

Wall lights come in all sorts of shapes, styles, and materials, so you can find the right one for your living room. Wall sconces can be positioned in multiples around seating arrangements, or as stand-alone light sources in alcoves or corners. Consider how you want your living room walls to reflect your personality and style and lights. For more YLighting ideas, see our Wall Lighting and Living Room Lighting Ideas.

 

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