Living room wall light ideas may elegantly, deftly, and dramatically bridge the gap between a central ceiling light and modest table lamps.

For cosy, atmospheric evenings, a lounge with strategically placed lamps is ideal, but how often do you ask for ‘The Big Light’ to be turned on because you can’t see the buttons on the remote control or the words in your magazine? A central ceiling light is functional, but it’s a no-no when it comes to generating atmosphere because it’s typically too harsh and glaring.

From ancient shapes to contemporary re-imaginings, wall lights can tackle these problems. Along the way, the appropriate living room wall lights provide a slew of extra benefits.

Ideas for living room wall lighting

Wall-mounted lights are an excellent choice for living room wall design. Wall lights are more than just lovely during the day; at night, they alter living areas.

‘Creating a layered look with different lighting sources is a great way to introduce personality and texture into your living room, and having lots of options also means you can pare back your lighting later in the evening for a more intimate, cosy feeling,’ says Original BTC’s Director, Charlie Bowles.

1. Make the light wire a focal point

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An electrician’s recommendation is to decide where you want your living room wall lights before you start plastering or decorating, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of chiselling out the wall to hide the cable. If your lounge is already finished, though, consider showcasing a wall light cable in all its grandeur.

A thick, black fabric flex (avoid the ordinary rubber ones) will look modern, while a colourful one, or one that’s braided or herringboned, will add interest and style.

To keep the cable in a nice, vertical line, place a basic shelf bracket (an enormous hook or chunky peg would also work) high up on the wall immediately above a plug socket. Then, with the bulb hanging down as high or low as you desire, coil the cord around the top.

This is a great concept for a living room wall light because the on/off switch will be close by, the bulb height can be readily adjusted to suit the occasion, it’s inexpensive, and it’s simple to put together! You can adjust the lights without getting up if you use this styling tip to decorate the wall behind the sofa.

2. Go for symmetrical symmetry

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A super-smart living room can be produced by using a central element, such as a fireplace, as the symmetry line between the space’s two halves. This simple but ageless (and visually pleasing!) look calls for classic shaded wall lights, which have the extra bonus of looking equally at home in a modern living room as they do in a cottage, chalet, or Victorian setting.

Using two sets of wall lights instead of one to flank a chimney breast is a fashionable change that packs a punch and, of course, gives additional light! Furthermore, presenting white-shaded ones against a dark background will make them truly stand out.

3. Get rid of the primary ceiling light

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Ceiling lights, while practical, are designed to flood a room with light and can create a stark contrast when switched on and off in the evenings, as Mary Buchanan, Creative Director of Laura Ashley Lighting, explains.

In a living room with a low ceiling, installing wall lights instead of a central ceiling light will deceive the eye into thinking the ceiling is taller.

The goal is to ensure that the light is directed upwards, creating a vertical glow that makes the ceiling appear higher. It’s also a good idea to place the lights higher up on the wall than you would normally.

4. Incorporate an industrial component

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No of the season or the type of property, an industrial touch is always welcome. When it comes to wall lighting, an Anglepoise-inspired lamp is always fashionable, as well as entertaining and functional.

According to Victoria Atkin of Atkin & Thyme, “the industrial aesthetic highlights utilitarian shapes, rough surfaces, and exposes the artistry behind creations.” ‘Lighting lends itself nicely to this concept — pieces can include burnished cast shades, raw metalwork, and bulbs with unique inner filaments – the goal is to honour the maker,’ says the designer.

This type of wall light looks best when placed high up in a living room alcove or corner. It may be shifted out as a task lamp at night to create a cozy reading or knitting nook, and then tucked back in during the day. It also gets a thumbs up for tight locations!

5. Replace the bulbs with flames.

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Candlelight provides a captivating shine that creates an engulfing glow and a cocooning atmosphere. It’s great to scatter candles throughout the lounge on tables, mantles, and window sills, but putting them on a creative wall sconce is a surefire way to impress. Place them against a dark, richly colored wall for added drama, and use colored dinner candles instead of white.

If you’re forgetful or concerned about wax pouring from a dinner candle’s burning flame, faux-flamed ones will still look good if you choose warm white over bright white.

6. Make a statement with wall art

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Picture wall lights are more about highlighting the art than the lights, but they will add a delightful glow to your home. Look for ones that are horizontal and take your time to get the angle just perfect. The goal is to reduce the reflecting glare associated with glass-encased art, as well as the shadows cast by paintings with texture and dimension.

Long-term exposure to light on artwork, whether it’s paint or ink, can harm it, so replace your picture wall lights with LED bulbs that don’t release heat or UV rays.