Lighting ideas for living rooms

Discover the latest lighting options to update your living space

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Discover the latest lighting options for the living room.

As it tends to be one of the largest spaces in the home, there’s more to sorting out the lighting in the living room than simply buying a couple of table lamps. Malcolm Stewart at Kensington AV says that when it comes to positioning your lights, ‘forget about grids and symmetry and think about the areas that really need to be well illuminated’.

Carson wall lights with Austen lampshades from Laura Ashley

Ambient scheme

Instead of positioning table lamps on either side of a mantelpiece or feature wall, use wall lights to brighten up the space – as they’re fixed higher up, they’ll give off a more subtle glow. Balance the effect with a large matching table lamp on the opposite side of the room. 

Carson wall lights in nickel, made from metal and glass, H16xW10xD23cm, £55 each; made-to-order candle cotton clip lampshades in Austen, H12.5xDia12.5cm, £20 each, all Laura Ashley

Sculptural feature

As well as being a warm and inviting source of light, this floor-standing design doubles as a piece of artwork, with its nest of twisted and curled wires, and adds a unique focal point to a space.

Wires floor light, made of aluminium, H155xW30xD30cm, £199, Dwell 

Wires floor light from Dwell

Contemporary lightshade

Perfect for creating a retro vibe in a large, modern space, this super-sized lampshade will give off a wonderful, softly diffused glow.

Luna lampshade in Oyster, made from sheer voile, H120xDia.60cm, from £312, Copper & Silk 

Centrepiece cluster

If you’re not updating your wiring, this trio light is the ideal solution. Simply hang it on the hook fixing provided and plug into the nearest electric socket; any excess cord can be neatly secured against the wall at high or low level. 

Handmade from bone china and wood, the Cornerlight cluster light is available with three, five or seven drops and in five colours, with a choice of 16 shades of cord. Three-drop pendant in cream, H90xDia.30cm, £295, Cornerlight 

Cornerlight cluster light

Spherical glow

These glass Orb pendants will create an all-round lighting effect. Hang in twos or threes at different heights, or fit one in the centre of the room as low as possible, ideally over a table so you won’t bang your head. 

Orb pendant lights, made from metal and glass, H120xDia.36cm, £129 each, Marks & Spencer 

Read: How to plan your lighting scheme