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25+ Living room lighting ideas – ceiling light ideas, wall light ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: June 18th, 2022

Just changing a light can change the ambience of a whole room, here's why...

Lights are the unsung heroes of any living room. They add warmth, atmosphere, style, colour, and a whole lot of character. And there are just so many designs to choose from and it can be overwhelming with where to start. That’s why I put together this list of my absolute favourite living room lighting ideas.

When looking for lights you’ll want to choose lights that fit in with your current living room design. So it’s important to have a think about exactly what that is before you start buying every beautiful light off the shelf. If you want to create a sophisticated living room, then you might want to go with a simple white design. If you want to create a dark, moody space, then an industrial wrought iron might be for you. Or if you want to create a living room that screams fun, then you might want to choose something bold and colourful.

But what about style? If you’re renting, maybe you can only buy a floor lamp or change a covering. Or if you have an electrician, perhaps you can put in a pendant light, several downlights or even gallery tracking lights to show off your artwork.

To help you pick the right option for you, I’ve compiled a list of 25+ living room lighting ideas, including ceiling lights, wall lamps, and so much more. So there’s something in here to suit every style and taste. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

1. Sophisticated lamp

Lamps are a great way to add extra ambience to your living room. Take this one, for example. It’s a very chic style that matches with the creamy colours of the rest of the living room. It’s elegant and beautiful without stealing the show.

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2. Brass and white wall sconce

Wall lighting is seriously underrated – it can add warmth and atmosphere to a room. A double-ended white and brass light is a beautiful design feature for a living room, for example. Tie it in perfectly with a glass and brass lamp on a side table or brass detailing on your coffee table.

3. Combine different styles of lamps

Who says you have to stick to one style of lamp? Get creative by combining different types of lamps, at different heights, like in this living room.

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Source: Photo by Nathan Fertig on Unsplash

4. Industrial floodlighting

Floodlighting is usually used outdoors to light up large fields, but it looks awesome brought indoors to a living room. Even a small ‘floodlight’ style floor lamp adds an industrial touch to a modern living room space. It can also serves as an art piece of its own, by the sheer fact that it isn’t any normal household light!

5. Elaborate chandelier

If you want to make a statement with your lighting choice, then you can’t go past this. How incredible is this huge, glass chandelier? I love the contrast between the traditional light fitting and the contemporary décor. It feels very modern yet a little bid mid century.

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Source: Photo by Ksenia Chernaya from Pexels

6. Art Deco light

Art Deco and mid-century styles are having a moment. So if it’s a look that you want to achieve in your home, there is a lot of inspiration out there. But for Art Deco, you really can’t go past a classic multi-tiered chandelier.

7. Quirky ceiling light

This light is funky! And it adds a whole lot of fun to this living room. When choosing a light for your space, remember that you can always change it later. So why not go with something that’s a bit out of the box? The result will be a character-infused space that you love.

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Source: Photo by Mengyi on Unsplash

8. Rattan pendant light

Rattan be it natural, white or black is a lovely modern light material that can be used in a wonderful oversized way and make a large impact. It’s really great value for money if you want a quick makeover for your living room.

9. Brass lamp over a bookcase

Is there something in your living room that you want to showcase? Maybe it’s a unique piece of art or a plant or, like in this case, a bookcase! A wall lamp can help to highlight this feature by drawing people’s gaze.

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Source: Photo by Ambitious Creative Co. – Rick Barrett on Unsplash

10. Multi-bulb chandelier

The unique shape of this chandelier is what makes it stand out from the rest. The many bulbs shine beautifully together and their round forms complement the on-trend curved furniture.

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Source: Photo by Collov Home Design on Unsplash

11. Brass pendant

How cute is this hanging pendant light? Brass has been a huge trend over the last few years. While some may say it’s had its day, I think it’s timeless. Brass adds an industrial-chic style to any space, bringing it into the 21st century.

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Source: Photo by Connor Wang on Unsplash

12. Coastal pendant light

A lantern-style light is a sure statement piece for a cosy, coastal style living room. It’s a bold choice but if you ensure it fits into the same colour theme as the rest of the room, it will work!

13. Black shaded ceiling light

For a modern, clean look, you can’t go past this black shaded hanging ceiling light. This will work in almost any room, but it will look especially good in a light, all-white space like this one. To keep your black and white living room from looking bland, add a splash of warmth with leather and timber furniture.

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Source: Photo by Josh Hemsley on Unsplash

14. Twisted rope

Now you don’t see this kind of light every day. If you want something out of the box, this style of dramatic dangling light might be the choice for you. It would be the perfect option for a cosy cabin or snow retreat.

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Source: Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash

15. Brass table lamp

A mid-century brass lamp looks great sitting on a marble-topped cabinet and against a dark wall. This proves that it’s important to think about the colours when you choose your lighting. Think about how the colour of the shade and body of the lamp will match with your existing decor and paint.

16. Dramatic floor lamp

On the other hand, you could go all out and make a bold statement with a large floor lamp. Imagine yourself in this space, sitting back and reading a good book with a cup of tea – wouldn’t that be nice?

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Source: Photo by Rachel Claire from Pexels

17. White and gold wall sconce

White and gold wall sconces are an elegant choice that will look great teamed up with other gold elements. You could even perfectly position your gorgeous wall lamp directly above a gold bar cart. If you’re going for this style, consider adding some fun prints or photographs in a similar colour scheme between the wall light and the bar cart. You can also fill your cart with books, family heirlooms or your favourite bottles of wine.

18. Simple in-built ceiling downlights

If you want to keep things stripped back and minimal, then consider installing lights into your ceiling as opposed to hanging from the roof or on the wall. I like how these lights have been arranged in a perfect square above the sitting area.

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Source: Photo by Vecislavas Popa from Pexels

19. Black modern wall sconce

A black modern wall sconce is a quirky choice that looks fabulous next to black frames and monochrome wall prints. Black is a great choice to ever so slightly offset an overall white space. And the great thing about this style is that the black wall light adds a touch of masculinity to an otherwise neutral room.

20. Pendant globe light

Looking for something that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Well, this pendant light might just be the choice for you. It adds a beautiful pearly white shine to this monochrome living room design.

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Source: Photo by Andrew Leu on Unsplash

21. Leather and iron

A leather and iron light fitting is the perfect choice for a masculine living room. So if you’ve already got dark walls and furniture, then why not add in a ceiling light with touches of leather and iron. Integrate these design elements throughout the room by using touches of leather and dark metal.

22. A combination of styles

This living room includes all sorts of lighting styles – from a series of white circular pendant lights to serious downlighting to a single oversized pendant lamp over the kitchen table. This proves that you don’t have to stick to one style or type of lamp to give your living room the lighting it needs. Have fun by playing around with different colours, textures and styles. Your living room might just end up looking as fabulous as this one!

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Source: Photo by Vecislavas Popa from Pexels

23. Dainty ceiling light

If you want to add a feminine touch to your living room or spruce up your already pretty pink space, why not choose a statement ceiling light. Opting for a rose gold colour looks lovely with cream-coloured furniture and soft pink walls.

24. Small modern lights on the wall

This choice is for the modern living room lover. Simple industrial-style lights can do a whole lot of good for your living room without being overbearing.

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Source: Photo by Taylor Friehl on Unsplash

25. Silver and glass wall lamp

If you’re sick of brass and black but still want to steer clear of the same old white, then why not consider silver? A silver and glass light especially stands out against coloured living room walls.

26. Simplistic round lights

This is a beautiful option for a light, airy space and would look fabulous in a coastal style house. If you have a neutral colour scheme, then you should seriously consider installing some of these round pendant lights in your living room. It adds a whole lot of interest but also looks consistent with the colours.

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Source: Photo by Don Kaveen on Unsplash

So, there you have it – 25+ living room lighting ideas. Which ones were your favourite? And which ones are you going to incorporate in your own living room? I personally love all of the brass and gold lights! There are just so many options but it depends on your personal style and the design of your space.

If you’re a minimalist at heart, then you might want to go with simple lights installed in the roof of your ceiling. If you like things a little more glam, then a glassy chandelier might be the choice for you. Or if you like them all, then why not combine a few different styles in the form of table lamps, floor lamps, suspended ceiling lights, and wall lamps. The choice is yours!

Before you go, I’d love to hear from you. Tell me which style is your favourite, and which one you’re going to try out in your living room.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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