Let There Be Lights
Credits: Photographs by Sang An, styling by Sam Cook
Living Room Tip Sheet
- In the living room, the primary light source is often the floor lamp, which not only supplies good general light but can make a major design splash. Choose a floor lamp that's 64 to 66 inches tall; many are adjustable and range in height from 57 to 72 inches.
- Add a mix of table lamps, wall sconces and task lights, depending on how you use areas of the room. "The more you vary the lighting, the better," designer Eve Robinson says.
- "You can expand a room by placing lighting around its edges," says designer Alexa Hampton, who recesses lighting behind curtains or places bookcase lights on walls.
- A tulip shade extends from a cast-iron stem ($49.99, Ikea).
- Candelabra bulbs glow in a metal mesh lamp designed by José Esteves ($2,190, Intérieurs).
- These globes redefine the term "floor lamp" ($285 to $435, Artemide).
- Tommi Parzinger's gold-leafed lamp is radiant ($5,040, Baker, Knapp & Tubbs).
- A subtle black shade tops a twig column ($3,364, Vaughan).
- Achille Castiglioni keeps it simple with a single cylinder of light ($1,305, Flos).
- We updated a turned-wood base with a shade covered in graphic Carleton V wallpaper ($190, Pottery Barn).
- The light from this metal tripod invites you to curl up with a book ($139, West Elm).
Bask in the glow of your bedroom.