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A good lighting plan for your living room is often one of the more difficult plans to make. Why? Your living room lighting plan must be flexible enough to serve multiple functions. And some want their lighting plan to change as they decide to change the arrangement of furniture in their room. As a result lots of thought should go into what type of lighting you use in each area.
Ceiling and Recessed Lighting
You might be installing recessed or track lighting to provide light all over the room or to light a specific area in your room. Regardless, you’ll need to use the same principles. Placement of fixtures isn’t something we’ll get into here, but the type of light bulbs you’ll need is something I want to recommend.
If you are using recessed lighting all over your room, you’ll want to use a light bulb that will give you all over lighting. Using incandescent standard A19 style light bulbs or going to a compact fluorescent twister style or A shape will give you an all over light.
If you need recessed lighting to light a specific area, you will then want to go to a flood or spot light type light bulb. Over a fireplace is the most common place to use these. Some also like to use wide flood light bulbs in recessed lighting. They give a large section of light without a total bright room and provide some interesting contrast of light.
What do I mean by portable lighting? Anything you can pick up and move, mainly table lamps and floor lamps. These need to be placed at the end of sofas or beside chairs and sometimes in corners or areas not well lit by other lighting options. Use portable lighting not only to light a reading area but to give a different dimension to your lighting plan either when overhead lighting is on or not. Mini Deco Twister CFL light bulbs are perfect for these as they are super energy efficient and you don’t see the bulb….or shouldn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
The living room is the center of attraction of your home. Most of the time your bedroom or kitchen goes unnoticed by the guests but a living room can never. So keeping it tidy and best is something you always focus on. Also, the living room will instantly create an image of how your entire house is. With many things to be considered in your living room, the basic thing is how to arrange living room furniture. Arranging living room furniture in the right way is essential to give it the best look. Here’s how to arrange living room furniture.
How to Arrange Furniture in Living Room
Consider the Space Available
Before we look at various options you have, to arrange furniture in living room, the main factor is the space available. The arrangement will highly depend on the free area you have in this room. Consider this; your living room basically consists of a TV set. If its a wall mount, no floor space is invested. Next, it might have some cabinets, now even if they are wall mounted or placed on floor you need to reduce that space. Only if the wall mounted cabinets are above your head level, so that you can stand comfortably below it, you can consider the floor space below it for placing a piece of furniture.
What’s the Focal Point
Deciding the focal point is a must while you arrange living room furniture. Most probably the focal point is an entertainment center. Apart from this, it can be a warm fireplace. In this case the fireplace mantel essentially needs to be designed perfectly. If your living room has one or two glass walls or huge glass windows, that give a view of a wonderful landscape or your garden then this can be the best and unique focal point of your living space. Now that you have decided the focal point you have to just arrange the furniture around this focal point. The basic thing while doing living room furniture layout is that no sofa or chair must be placed against this focal point. Arrange the furniture around this, in a way to complete a square including this focal point. Read the rest of this entry »