family room lighting ideas

Every home has that one room that is the central hub where all family and friends like to hang out when they gather in your home. While for some homes it is the kitchen, for others it is the family room. The lighting in the room can be a big factor in how comfortable everyone feels hanging in the family room. And of course you want the lighting to add to the style of the room as well.

Here are 7 top family room lighting ideas:

Use Three Different Types of Lighting

The family room is the center of a lot of activity, everything from hanging out and watching movies, playing games with the family and even doing some work. All this required different types of lighting. For the best illumination, you should have ambient, task and accent lighting. The ambient light gives the room overall illumination, while accent lights focus on providing light for specific objects or areas of the room. Task lighting is for what you think it is, lighting for work zones like a desk where you do paperwork and bills.

You will need to mix and match different types of lighting and layer them into the room. One example is to use table lamps, a floor lamp and some pot lights all in the family room.

Sometimes Two Is Better Than One

When it comes to the overhead or ambient lighting, lighting experts recommend using two different kinds of ambient lighting like combining pot lights that are scattered across the ceiling with a hanging fixture for the part of the room where the main seating is.

If you don’t like pot lighting, then another option is to hang several fixtures throughout the room. The best way to make this look good is to keep all the fixtures simple with clean silhouettes.

Think Outside the Box

If you need or just desire a central light source, but your ceilings are too high or you just can’t have ceiling lights, think outside the box. There are plenty of other options like arc floor lamps. What is great about these types of floor lamps is that the arcs on these lamps are high enough that people won’t bump their heads. Because these lamps are more modern looking it might not be the best choice if you have a more traditionally style family room.

Make a Bold Statement with Sconces

Sconces are a very unique way of adding lighting to your family room and they can give off a sophisticated but warm feeling to the space. They also add architectural interest to room.

Try Built In Accent Lights

If you don’t have a lot of space for lamps, try building in accent lights into any shelving in the family room.

Matchy Matchy Isn’t Necessary

Because the family room requires different types of lighting, don’t feel like it all has to be matchy, matchy. For example it is not always practical because of space limitations to have end tables on each end of the sofa with a lamp on each so feel free to stick a floor lamp on the other side instead. This way each side of the couch gets the same amount of light.

This is the same when it comes to styles of light fixtures as well. Feel free to mix a classic chandelier with modern table lamps if it goes with the overall vibe you want in the room.

Be Playful with Cowhide Lamps

Cowhide lamp shades with its soft texture and beautiful colors and patterns can be a fun addition to your family room. Each set of shades are unique so it is a great way to add your personal statement to the room.

Cowhide comes in brindle, black and white, brown and white, white and speckled. And they are as durable as they are sophisticated. They will last you a long time and hold up against all the rough and tumble that can happen in the hub of our home.

Other Ways to Implement Cowhide into Your Decor

Cowhide rugs are another great way to implement cowhide into your home. The cowhide rug is a classic, timeless element that also brings a touch of luxury to any room. The soft thick cowhide feels wonderful against your skin and the richness of the texture and color brings elegance into the room. Imagine a reading chair and a cowhide rug tucked into the corner of your master bedroom or one laid out in front of the fire in the living room. You will feel like your home belongs on the cover of a magazine.

Cowhide rugs come in different shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. They come in black, white, brown and white, tri-color, brown-white and black, brindle and patchwork. For the adventurous, cowhide rugs can even be dyed a bright color like pink or one that is acid metallic washed. Imagine how cool your daughter’s bedroom will look with a bright pink dyed cowhide rug.

Here are some other ways to include cowhide in your home:

  • Cowhide Pillows. If you are just looking for a cool accent piece, then cowhide pillows might be the ticket. Whether they are for the living room or den couches or your bed, these pillows are fun to look at, but because of their soft supple skin and fur, they are also very inviting. Go ahead you know you want to lay your head down on one. These are a great way to add a touch of country without overwhelming a space with it.
  • Cowhide Placemats. The kitchen might seem like an odd place for cowhide, but cowhide placemats can be a fun addition to any meal. Even if you have a more modern kitchen, these placemats will only stand out in a good way. You can also use them in the dining room when you have guests over for a meal. They will appreciate the luxurious note the placemats bring to the table.
  • Cowhide Furniture. If you really love the cowhide look consider getting a cowhide couch or chair to add to your family room décor.

For more information about family room lighting ideas and the benefits of choosing cowhide, contact Cowhide Outlet.