When you are furnishing your home, there are going to be a lot of decisions to make. From the paintings on the walls and the design on your comforter to matching the color of wood on your tables and sofa legs, you'll have to be cognizant of both style and function throughout. Your living room will be no different and may, in fact, be your area of greatest concern, as it will be your primary place for hosting. When choosing lamps for the room, you'll have to consider the placement, color scheme, bulb types, lampshade styles . . . well, you get the idea.
Here are some leading questions to help get you thinking about what to choose:
How many lamps should I have and where should I put them?
Well, it depends. Do you want lamps in each corner? If so, how many corners does the room have? You don't want any really dark areas in the room, so it's smart to start with that in mind.
Also, don't forget to mix up the types of lighting to include a combination of overhead, table and floor. This will enable you to illuminate different areas of the room more effectively.
It's a good idea to buy and set up your furniture before you choose the lamps and their placement. For instance, seating should always have some kind of lighting around it so that you can see the remote or read a book there. Thus, lamps should be placed after you've set up the corner recliner and the sofa.
Should I get matching lamps?
That depends on your taste. If you like symmetry, putting two matching table lamps on either side of the couch is a classic option that really never gets old. On the other hand, if you want to be a bit avant-garde with your choices, you could always mix it up -- just make sure that the lamps have at least one thing in common, whether it's using the same lampshade or a base in the same color.
What about the TV?
Yes, the TV's placement in your living room will have some bearing on your lamp choice and placement. The wrong size or position could mean the worst glare, which definitely inhibits your viewing. For instance, if you have a TV screen set up on the wall, you might not want to set tall floor lamps directly opposite. Place your TV in its new location and then test for glare with a portable light.
When looking for the best ways to enhance your new interior, the lighting will make more of a difference than you may realize. The type you choose will set the tone of the home in a way that nothing else can. Once you've sorted out your furniture placement and color scheme, make sure to find a good domestic lampshade manufacturer and lamps that will catch the eye.