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The living room is a part of the house that you can’t live without when you finally decide to get a new house. Since it’s a space where your beloved ones gather, you want to make it as comfortable as possible. When it comes to lighting, it’s one of the important things that will affect the ambiance of the room. However, the problem is that not every house has a space that can accommodate an overhead lighting installation like an old house, small apartment, studio, or other reasons that could be the cause. Here we have some options that you can use to brighten up your living room with no overhead lighting.

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How to Illuminate a Living Room with No Overhead Lighting

1. Freestanding Floor Lamps

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The simplest solution that you can do is by having freestanding floor lamps in the corner or each side of the sofa. If you decide to place the lamp on each side of the furniture, you would want to choose the one with a shade so it won’t be too bright. Shaded lamps will create a warm and romantic ambiance to the room, unlike bright lighting that will suit both formal and casual occasions.

2. Wall-Mounted Sconces

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If you’re afraid to place floor lamps just in case they fill up the spot, you might want to consider sconces instead. Just like other lighting fixtures, there are a few styles that you can choose based on your needs and personal preference. One of the styles that you can consider is plug-in sconces where you use electricity as the main source. Again, there are various sconces designs to match the concept of your living room to create a stunning look.

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3. Table Lamps

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Table lamps can be used if you want lighting fixtures that are more ‘compact’, affordable, and easy to move. Of course, floor lamps are the same but sometimes they can be difficult to move around due to their big size. Also, table or desk lamps are simpler and you can always use them as decoration in a spot that you want to decorate.

4. Minimalist Standing Lamp

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Here’s another minimalist standing lamp that you can use to illuminate your living room. You can place it in the corner of the room or next to the sitting area. This kind of lamp is suitable if you want to give bright lighting instead of the shaded one. The design itself also matches the minimalist look of the room.

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5. Elegant Desk Lamp

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Desk lamps have various styles to match your living room like this one. This design will look perfect in modern, minimalist, or contemporary living rooms. The beige and gold shades will bring an elegant touch to the living room even more. Another way that you can do maximize the lighting is by hanging a mirror or even place the lamp next to the mirror to reflect the light throughout the entire room.

6. Arc Floor Lamp

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The arc floor lamp is one of the common lamp styles that many homeowners use in their living room. Its shape and design look attractive and will become the centerpiece of the room. Just like a freestanding lamp, you can choose the one with or without shade that will also affect the overall ambiance of the room.

7. Lighting Mixing

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When one kind of lighting is not enough to brighten up the whole living room, you will have to mix some lighting fixtures at once. The lighting fixture mix can be the mix of desk or table lamps, inflammable candles, and string light.

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If you’re looking for an alternate lighting source, we hope that this page can enlighten you to get inspiration on how to illuminate a living room even without overhead lighting.