Lighting is everything when it comes to setting the atmosphere and mood in a space, and not just when it comes to the type of bulb you choose to use, but the actual style of the fixture too. There are plenty of options on the market, but one category that always seems to be fail-proof is modern lighting. Understandably, the guidelines for sourcing modern objects can often feel either super vague or overtly specific, but thankfully there's almost always a way for anyone to squeeze this certain look into their apartment or house.
While these kinds of lights are practically made for living rooms that embrace all-things mid-century modern, styles like boho, vintage, and traditional are all perfectly suitable homes for a modern bulb or two. The styles include just about every option you can imagine—sculptural chandeliers, colorful table lamps, groovy task lighting, and sweeping oversized floor lamps—so there's truly a look for anyone's personal taste.
Below, you'll find a variety of modern living room lighting ideas that will set off a lightbulb in your head when it comes to selecting lamps, sconces, and chandeliers like these for your own space.
No longer are chandeliers cast aside as entryway and dining room additions. This bold Sputnik-style version featured in this living room speaks eons about how much this type of fixture can do for your most sociable space. It’s not only fun to look at, but it heightens the whole room, too.
You can add plenty of drama with an oversized floor lamp, just take a page out of this living room's book. The mid-century modern touches and silvery gray palette are only emphasized with the help of this large lantern that lights up the sitting area but doesn't feel like it takes up tons of space thanks to its graceful neck.
Sharp Black Fixtures
Its symmetrical shape and matte black color make this simple fixture a major focal piece, regardless of it being the main source of lighting in the room. It complements things like the photo frame and mid-century modern planter perfectly while standing out on its own against the ceiling.
Cascading in a spiral, a chandelier that lights up a room with flair is always a good idea, especially when its shape can draw any gaze upward. You obviously can't walk away either without noting that the chandelier works undeniably well with the floor lamp, which is stylishly modern in its own right.
Lighting Turned Modern Art
When one lamp just won't do, a structure with three bulbs will certainly make the cut. This angular piece is eye-catching, thanks to its artsy lines and matte black finish, which pops nicely against the white walls. It doesn't feel too abstract though thanks to the furniture in darker tones that help ground it.
Statement Table Lamp
One of the loveliest things about modern lighting is that the lamp or chandelier itself often serves as décor or a statement piece. A prime example is this oblong table lamp that fits well with the other objects lining the shelves, but sheds a nice glow when it comes time to crack open those chic coffee table books.