Light fixtures are an essential component of any living room and can add the defining accent to your decor. However, it can be challenging to determine where to hang different types of light fixtures, such as pendants, sconces, and chandeliers. In this blog post, we will provide some helpful tips for hanging light fixtures in your living room.
Like any interior design tips, these are just suggestions and common installation practices, always use your intuition and best judgement when designing your space.
Pendants are a popular choice for living rooms as they are versatile and stylish. Pendants hanging in the middle of the room should be no lower than 7', while pendants and sconces along the wall or in corners can hang a little lower. When hanging a pendant over a side table or credenza, keeping a distance of 36" is usually a good place to start. In addition to height, the placement of pendants is also important. Pendants can be used to highlight specific areas in your living room, for example, if you have a seating area in your living room, consider hanging a pendant directly above it to provide focused lighting.
Sconces are great for anywhere in the house, and can be used for task lighting or decoration in your living room. Generally, wall sconces should be eye level or above to create the right light. When installing a pendant over furniture, a space of at least 24" to the top of the backplate is ideal.
Chandeliers are a classic, elegant choice for living rooms and can add a touch of sophistication to the space. When installing a chandelier, it's important to consider the proportions of the fixture in correlation to size of the room (chandeliers can get pretty big) in addition to the height at which it is placed. Ideally, the chandelier should be proportional to the size of the room and should be hung at a height of no less than 7' feet above the floor.