The living room is a part of the house that you can’t live without when you finally decide to get a new house. 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.

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Here we have some options that you can use to brighten up your living room with no overhead lighting.

How to Light Living Room without Overhead Lighting

Freestanding Floor Lamps

The simplest solution that you can do is by having freestanding floor lamps in the corner or on 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.

Wall-Mounted Sconces

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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Table Lamps

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.

Minimalist Standing Lamp

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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Elegant Desk Lamp

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 is maximize the lighting is by hanging a mirror or even placing the lamp next to the mirror to reflect the light throughout the entire room.

Arc Floor Lamp

The arc floor lamp is one of the common lamp styles that many homeowners use in their living rooms. 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.

Mixing Lighting

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 lights.

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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.