5 Living Room Lighting Ideas That Will Always Work—Here's Why

Updated 06/13/18

Sure, we'd all love to have a living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that flood our space with natural light, but the reality is that we don't all have the budget to afford such a luxury. So for those of us furnishing a living room that receives minimal sunlight, a stylish light fixture is the next best thing. Luckily, there are plenty of layouts and fixtures to choose from, and just in time for the twilight nights of summer, we're sharing some of our favorites.

Ranging from an eye-catching chandelier to a sculptural table lamp to a set of wall-mounted sconces, we've collected five living room lighting ideas to illuminate your space—no matter how dark or small it is—in style. Whether you're a homeowner looking for a timeless staple or a renter searching for an affordable fix, we have a solution that'll brighten up your space. Scroll through these five living room lighting ideas that will always work.

Hang a Chandelier

Living room chandelier
Sarah Sherman Samuel

If you're lucky enough to have high ceilings, take style notes from Sarah Sherman Samuel, and hang a statement chandelier. This lighting option is a foolproof way to create a focal point in your living room, and a modern mobile design (like the one pictured) sheds light while adding visual interest to your space. You can even keep your wall art to a minimum with such an eye-catching fixture.

Mobile Chandelier
West Elm Mobile Chandelier $400
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Plug In a Floor Lamp

Living room floor lamp
Sarah Sherman Samuel

While light fixtures like the aforementioned chandelier require calling an electrician, floor lamps can be plugged into the outlets you already have, making them an ideal option for renters and homeowners who don't want to drill into drywall. Gain living room layout inspiration from Sarah Sherman Samuel, and place a floor lamp in a corner strategically within arm's reach of your couch for convenience.

Cfl Industrial Task Floor Lamp
Article Leap $99
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Place a Table Lamp on a Side Table

Living room table lamp
Sarah Sherman Samuel

Table lamps can instantly brighten a living room as soon as they're plugged in. Opt for a design that doubles as a sculptural art piece to curate a stylish side table vignette, as Sarah Sherman Samuel demonstrates in the photo above.

Nova Table Lamp
West Elm Nova Table Lamp $130
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Install a Pendant Lamp

Living room lantern
Space Exploration

For a fixture that'll blend seamlessly into your space, a pendant lamp offers all the convenience of overhead lighting with all the style of a decorative hanging light. If you're working with white walls and a relatively low ceiling, copy this living room designed by Space Exploration, and hang a white pendant lamp to give the illusion of a larger space.

Nelson™ Saucer Pendant Lamp
Euro Lighting Designs Nelson™ Saucer Pendant Lamp $295
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Opt for Sconces

Living room scones
Max Humphrey

Wall-mounted sconces are ideal for small living rooms with low ceilings that may not allow for hanging light fixtures. Rather than sacrificing precious square footage to floor lamps or side tables to house table lamps, install a pair of sconces, as Max Humphrey has above the fireplace here.

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Ellerbe Sconce $130
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This story with originally published on September 21, 2017, and has since been updated.

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