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’.
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
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
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
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
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