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Lighting your living room

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For many, the living room (as its name suggests) is at the centre of life in the home.

Used for so many different activities, it is important to find the right way to illuminate this area of the house. With so many options to choose from, be it ceiling lights, chandeliers, wall lights, or table lamps and floor lamps, finding exactly the right fitting for your living room is essential when you wish to customise the lighting in your home.

As the festive season approaches, many of us will be inviting guests into our homes. Whilst the living room is not traditionally used for dining, it is still a great space to use when entertaining visitors, ideal for catching up with old friends and celebrating with the family. For a relaxed and softer lighting option, many ceiling mounted lights are perfect, especially downlights and adjustable spotlights.

The living room is also a great place to relax; it is where books are read, television is enjoyed and often where office and homework is done alike. Table lamps and floor lamps are a fantastic choice when you need a specific and targeted lighting source, making it easier to see and enjoy what you are doing. Table lamps are available in a variety of styles, from the super sleek and modern, incorporating block colours and a metallic sheen, to the more traditional and decorative vase-shaped lamps. Specific reading lights are also a great idea. These can be wall mounted - with plenty of variety in terms of colour and style - and are a great choice for behind the sofa or if your living room is minimalist in style and you don't want the clutter of tables or bureaus.

Mood lighting is a fantastic way to enhance your living room, making it a perfect choice for cosy nights in or romantic nights, too. For opulence and elegance, a chandelier is grand and eye-catching, making it a great focal point for any living room. If a chandelier is a little too decadent for the décor of your living room, then a pendant ceiling light is also a great option. Offering all the dazzling and eye-catching effects of a chandelier but in a smaller fitting, a pendant ceiling light is both modern and classic, available in a range of styles from the art deco to something all together more contemporary. No matter what light fitting you feel works best in your living room, the addition of a dimmer switch is a versatile way to alter the level of lighting in your home, making it easy to adapt for any occasion.

No matter how you like to use your living room, there are plenty of lighting options to discover. Try visiting Arrow Electrical online for ideas and inspiration. They can provide a wide selection of lighting options for your home, with lots of styles and sizes to select, making it simple and straightforward to create the right ambience for your living room.

Photo credit: Vinicius Vecoso

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