Living room lighting
Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination; it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare. Since the living room serves multiple purposes from relaxation to socialising with friends to entertaining formally so it will allow you to see and walk around safely.
Try using warm lighting- yellow rather than blue glow- it makes people want to linger and move closer together. Use task lighting near seating to allow you to read comfortably i.e. position a floor or table lamp next to a sofa, chaise lounge or armchair.
Remember that dimming controls are great for the living room because they allow you to adjust the intensity of your lighting to suit various moods or activities and the preferences of the people who use the space.
Accent lighting will help to show off a painting, an alcove filled with particular pieces of artwork or other collectible items in the home just by simply directing a spotlight at the feature you want to highlight. A dramatic way to draw attention to a sculpture or architectural feature is by using Up lights, they produce light from below, pointing it upwards rather than down as with natural lighting or down lights, they can be easily concealed for greater effect- and they are an excellent choice for highlighting objects in the home.
Enjoy and relax the living room, in my next posting I will take you through to the kitchen.