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Living room lighting: unique ideas for different decor styles

July 6, 2021

Over the past year, we’ve had more time to get our homes just how we want them. For instance, many of us embracing completely new decor trends. From adding mid-century touches, to enjoying the simplicity of Scandinavian style, we’ve given our homes the upgrade they deserve.

Although simple to swap, when it comes to redecorating, why is it that we often leave our lights untouched? As an impactful addition, we’re here to help you ensure your living room lighting is firmly on-theme for your abode.

Tropical glamour

A more vibrant version of coastal decor, the tropical trend brings the vivid colours and bold animal prints of the jungle into the home. If you’ve embraced this style in your living room, then having mismatched and unique lighting options is a great way to add to the eclectic and bustling feel.

Animal themed accessories make a great addition, and there are lots of fabulous lamps in the shape or style of jungle animals to choose from. To bring warmth into a leafy green room, also look for lamps with gold accents, and pops of bright colours like blue, pink, or mustard.

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Mid-century mood

A timeless trend, a mid-century living room will typically feature vintage wooden furniture, geometric prints, and bold silhouettes. Statement, pendant lighting choices fit seamlessly into this theme, and make a really big impact.

Look for pendants or chandeliers that are unique and angular in design, and boast large oversized bulbs. The mid-century style is simple and sculptured , therefore ensure that your living room lighting reflects this.

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Read more: Mid-Century Modern: How to embrace this timeless trend

Contemporary Chic

In a space that’s minimalistic and modern, ensuring that your few pieces of furniture bring an element of excitement to the room is crucial. You want a striking yet simple piece that serves a purpose in your living room.

With their dramatic silhouettes, tripod or desk lamp style floor lamps are the perfect contemporary addition, and look great in a modern metallic finish. A simply designed lamp that boasts a unique and elegant shape, for example we love how simple, arc shaped lamps can make such an impact.

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Hygge vibe

Whether your style is coastal, country, or Scandinavian, these contemporary styles of decor encourage a similar sense of peace and serenity. Use natural colours and textures, and create a space that embraces comfort.

For these more paired-back styles, simple braided or woven lampshades are perfect. You don’t want something that looks manufactured – so handmade rattan pendants are an ideal option.

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Industrial effect

Fuss-free and factory-inspired, an industrial living room will typically feature metal furnishings, rustic woodwork, and a neutral colour palette. It’s a style that’s massively grown in popularity in recent years – and choosing the right kind of lighting can really help you nail it.

Forget the lampshades, and let your statement filament bulbs take centre-stage. Unfinished in style, gothic options like dome and balloon cage pendants look great in a brass finish, and will cement your industrial aesthetic.

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