Lighting is one of the most important things to get right in your interior, especially in the living room. So putting effort into picking the right lamp is a bright idea. If you're not sure where to start, here are our top 5 modern lamps for living rooms.
Make your living room the place to be with one of the easiest modern lamp ideas: the table lamp. It'd be impossible for us to shed light on every option, but whatever style you choose, a modern table lamp on a statement side table will cosy up your living room after (big) lights out.
Floor lamps are a great option for bigger living rooms – especially if your preferred style has a big footprint. Pick a light that matches the interior style of your living room: a classic floor lamp with a straight silhouette and a fabric shade creates a traditional look, while industrial floor lamps with domed metal shades work well in industrial spaces. For a dramatic look, opt for a modern floor lamp with a curved silhouette, and pair it with a bold accent chair.
Wall lamps are great for small living rooms, as they don't take up any floor or surface space. Choose a wall lamp with a bulb that faces downwards for spotlighting and highlighting things like wall art. Meanwhile, bulbs that face upwards or have a front shade will diffuse light and create a soft glow – perfect in a reading corner, or as mood lighting on a recessed wall. Metal wall lamps with exposed bulbs create an industrial look that's perfect for industrial living rooms (naturally). While wall lamps with glass shades are sleek and modern – perfectly complementing a minimal interior.
When it comes to modern living room ideas, the brightest sparks will take pieces and make them their own. Use pendant lights on long cords to DIY your own mood lighting. Just mount a hook to the wall above where you want your pendant lamp to hang, then take the cord up from the ground, over the hook, and back down again to the right height. Pick a pendant light with a bright cord in contemporary living rooms, or stay muted with a monochrome pendant lamp if your living room's more minimal.
The most modern lamps of all? LED lamps. They come with an integrated LED bulb that'll last for up to 20,000 hours. Which means no fiddly bulb changes, and increased energy efficiency. LED lamps come in lots of contemporary shapes and sizes, but because their bulbs are naturally slim, modern LED lamps tend to have a small footprint and a sleek shape: great for smaller living rooms.