We put the living room top on the list of 2019 project predictions. This is probably because Nick and I have already been thinking about it a fair amount. We have a rug we love and a couch we love that are serving as inspiration for the rest of the room.
For those of you who know me well, it’s no surprise that I am motivated by getting a good deal. Rejuvenation Portland is having a 50% of lighting sale next week. Naturally, I have living room lighting on my mind.
General Lighting Concepts We Are Considering
We want to create at least two, preferably three, sources of lighting to ensure light diffuses into all areas of the room. Each source of light will be at different heights, again to distribute light evenly. There are three types of lighting: overhead, ambient, and accent (a.k.a. task or directional).
- Overhead includes things like recessed lighting, flush mounts, and pendants.
- Ambient lighting usually involves fabric shades to cast an even glow throughout a room.
- Accent light highlights artwork or certain tasks like reading.
For now, we are focused on overhead and ambient light sources. However, we are stuck deciding which pair of lighting sources we want.
Current Dilemma: Swag Light or Swing Arm Sconce
There are some great wall sconces with long adjustable arms these days. We have an L-shaped couch positioned in the corner of our living room. There is minimal space for a floor lamp so a scone is a great option.
We would pair the sconce with a floor lamp at the other end of the couch and a flush mount ceiling fixture.
Alternatively, we are considering replacing the ceiling mount fixture with a corded pendant skewed so that it is centered over the coffee table instead of the center of the room. My biggest hesitation with this option is that our ceilings are 8′ and a pendant may obstruct view making the room feel small.
We would still pair the sconce with a floor lamp at the other end of the couch . It would bring the lighting count down to two which runs the risk of an under-lit room but is also more economical.
Which do you prefer? Should we go for the swag and hope the room still feels open and inviting or should we splurge on a fun swing arm sconce?