In this article we discuss traditional living room chandeliers. Furthermore our best living room crystal chandeliers and lighting ideas highlight classic designs. We get a lot of questions about how to achieve a specific look while still getting good light. Our traditional living room chandeliers focus on crystal light fixtures and wall sconce options. The Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide explains the different types and styles of crystal chandeliers which are ideal for living rooms. The goal of this blog is to give you some great living room lighting ideas and tips.
Different types of living room lighting
The first step, is to determine the use of your living room. Is it an informal family room where everyone hangs out to watch TV, read and play games? Or, is a more formal sitting room? The function of the room will determine the type of lighting needed.
There are three major types of lighting: Ambient; task and accent. Let’s begin with ambient lighting which is the overall light in the room. It is created by natural daylight as well as artificial light. For example a dramatic crystal arm chandelier would provide the ambient light in the room. Additionally, traditional living room crystal chandeliers and empire style pendants emit a soft general glow.
Next is the task lighting. As the name implies task lighting provides light for you to do work; read or watch TV comfortably. You want light that doesn’t cause glare or create shadows. Task lighting includes fixed task lighting such as recessed lighting and track lights. Another type of task lighting is desk lamps.
Last but not least is accent lighting. This type of light helps create interest in the space. Decorative crystal table lamps which are design features of the living room are considered accent lighting. Many crystal lamps are considered illuminating art. Accent lighting is also used to highlight artwork. Recessed lighting and track lighting fall into this category as well.
As you can see lighting crosses over into different categories depending on the use. Layered lighting is the important thing to keep in mind. I refer to layered lighting in a lot of our blogs, simply because it is vital to any lighting design. It is especially important to a good living room lighting plan. Mix up different types of lighting to suit your space.
Living room lighting solutions
Many people want to know what is the best plan for their living space. Let’s look at two scenarios, the first is a casual multipurpose living room. The family spends a lot of time in the room watching TV and hanging out. What type of lighting is necessary to make the space work and still look good?
We will begin with the ceiling. If the room has recessed lighting, the can lights should be spaced about 4-5 feet apart depending on the ceiling height. That will provide more even light distribution. Next comes the ambient lighting. The correct fixture width and height is important for room balance.
Once again our best living room crystal chandeliers and ceiling lights come into play. If the living room is large, consider multiple ceiling fixtures. For example, the general lighting could be created with two classic iron and crystal chandeliers. Interesting light fixtures helps to set the tone of the room design. Equally important as the design is the light output. Our blog series on light bulbs will prove invaluable when you make your chandelier decisions.
Lastly, comes the accent lighting. In an informal space that may be casual floor and table lamps. Another accent light option is sconces. Traditional, transitional or modern crystal wall lights flanking a fireplace create soft light. In addition, sconces add warmth and dimension to the wall. By playing up the fireplace with wall lighting, it then becomes a focal point in the living room.
Now, lets discuss a formal living room. Begin with a dazzling crystal arm chandelier or perhaps a regal empire chandelier. Wrought iron and crystal chandeliers are yet another perfect choice. Traditional living room chandeliers are the icing on the cake. Dress up the walls with simple crystal wall sconces once again adding soft light. The sconces can coordinate with the chandelier or simply mix and match and put your personal stamp on the room design. Complete the look with sleek crystal table lamps.
Combine modern furniture and traditional crystal and iron chandeliers for a warm and inviting room. The proper lighting design will help achieve that warm and homey feel.
Blending Modern & Traditional Designs
Many of our readers want to know if it’s okay to mix and match different crystal lighting styles together. The answer is by all means! The important thing to make sure that everything works together to create a cohesive look.
For example you could start with a traditional empire chandelier. The classically influenced design blends perfectly with a more modern sconce. Pair the pendant light with crystal octagon trimmed sconces. The common thread is the polished chrome frame and the crystal octagons. Although the styles are different, the common elements are the metal frame color and the crystal octagons.
If there is recessed lighting, it will blend into the ceiling and not compete with the decorative light fixtures. Complete the organic look with a simple table lamp.
What about mixing and matching wall sconces with a crystal chandelier? If you have a traditional crystal chandelier that’s trimmed with a variety of different crystals, you could then pick out one shape as the the trim for your sconces. In this instance if you wanted to highlight the faceted crystal balls, then the wall sconces could be trimmed with the crystal balls on a sleek polished chrome frame. It all ties together but it doesn’t look contrived. Once again, a crystal table lamp can complete the room design.
Adding Drum Shades to Crystal Chandeliers
There is another traditional crystal chandelier design that shouldn’t be over looked. Adding a drum shade to a crystal arm or wrought iron chandelier makes a dramatic impact in a living room; dining room or bedroom. Our article How to Update a Chandelier with Shades is a good read. Inside Style of Las Vegas, paired the Chateau crystal chandelier with a sheer drum shade. They used the Sheer Magic System to create the look.
To sum up
Have fun with your living room lighting. Just keep in mind the room decor and use of the space to determine the type of lighting you need.