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How To Choose Modern Lighting Fixtures for Your Living Room

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 11, 2015 01:01 AM
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If you want to decorate your home with elegant modern style, start with a lighting plan. You’ll want versatile modern lighting fixtures with geometric edges and expertly formed circles and ovals. Your choice of lighting should guide the “theme” that applies to all the rooms in your house. What better place to start than the lighting fixtures in your foyer and living room? First impressions are critical. When a guest enters your foyer or living room, your choice of lighting will say a lot about you. Good contemporary lighting is minimal, and should complement the rest of your décor. To develop an efficient and minimalist lighting design, use our High-to-Low illumination strategy. High-to-Low Modern Lighting Fixture Design Highs: If you have a vaulted ceiling or one that uses special materials like wood or plaster, you’ll want to show off the architecture. A central chandelier or well-placed pendant fixture creates depth by projecting light up into the crevices and corners. Seen above: EU13022 and EU4G989  Look for naturalistic pendants for the foyer like this white flower pendant chandelier by Possini Euro Design, a riff on the popular Artichoke fixture found in many high-end commercial lobbies. In the living room, you can choose a central fixture like the energy-efficient LED Possini Euro Analla Round Pendant Light to highlight seating arrangements. Seen above: EU3F953 If you don’t want direct light from above, the 5-meter long  warm white LED tape light kit is a great option around the ceiling perimeter, creating a background glow effect. Seen above: EU5V279   Another option is the three spot light LED recessed light housing  (it also works in a remodel), which blends effortlessly into a low-slung ceiling where it can highlight artwork, table surfaces and the fireplace. Seen above: EUT8517 Middle: Sconces are a great way to bedazzle your walls and break up negative space. A favorite is the Stiletto wall sconce in a faceted crystal champagne from Corbett , which looks good on either side of a fireplace mantle.  Seen above: EU2Y657 If you want guests to notice artwork, then consider the t-shaped bronze LED picture light by Hinkley Lighting for large paintings, or the plug-in LED picture light in an antique brass finish from Conway for family portraits and sheet music. Seen above: EU4D809 and EU7H307 Low: If your ceiling architecture isn’t spectacular, one or two well-placed floor lamps are an easy way to light the entire living room space. An arc lamp like the LED Astoria lamp in chrome from Possini Euro works well behind your couch and loveseats. For a great direct and indirect modern lighting fixture, interior designers use torchieres like the this LED Floor Lamp in a French bronze finish from Possini Euro . Seen above: EU7K964 and EU2V822 If you prefer lighting from below with a torchiere or floor lamp, make sure to fill in the shadows with a striking accent light. Try our playful red jellyfish LED accent lamp or the interstellar Domani touch LED table lamp from Lite Source. Seen above: EUK9425 For reading light, try a directional source like the Gen 2 Z-Bar Red LED desk lamp from Koncept, named “Best Invention of the Year” by Time Magazine. A Few Modern Living Room Lighting Considerations • Install recessed ceiling lights against the wall perimeter, and make sure the light beam doesn’t highlight people’s heads or cause glare. • Investing in a chandelier makes a bold statement while reducing the need for more ambient light fixtures • Choose fixtures that are slightly too big for the room to give a sense of grandeur. • Fixtures that are too small for the room NEVER look right • Print out the product photos of the fixtures you’re considering so you can easily “audition” them in the living space Have you created a modern lighting masterpiece in your living room? And if so, did you use a high, medium, or low-level lighting scheme? Tell us what modern lighting fixtures you used below, or better yet, send us some pictures! Image source: Euro Style Lighting




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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