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Old 12-22-2018, 05:31 AM
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I want to make my living room more cozy. I think it needs more than better lighting, but I'd like to start with the lighting. It's so dark, especially in winter, and light just gets lost. I know the light by the tv is not very bright. I'm not sure what type of lamp would look good there. Then where the Christmas tree is I should probably have another lamp. But it can't be a table lamp because I can only plug something in there off it is right by the tv. Otherwise a cord would be running across the floor.

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Old 12-22-2018, 05:55 AM
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I would suggest recessed lights in the ceiling. I know it costs more but it would definitely be a good solution.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:21 AM
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While I agree with Jackie, that can be an expensive PITA to add recessed lighting. So, I would use the existing outlets and run the cord under the couch on the left or behind the TV. I did some really fancy drawing on your picture:
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:22 AM
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And I would add a multi-shade, curvy floor lamp to one of those areas, like this one, but obviously not with steel body and grey shades.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:23 AM
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I don’t have recessed lights in my living room, but I agree with Jackie they are the perfect solution to more light. If I were you, I’d have 6-8 put in that dark room.

If you want a simpler, cheaper, but not as bright solution, get a floor lamp for the corner by the TV. Get the kind with at least 3 bulbs you can direct (and make sure they’re not only low wattage bulbs). Maybe something like this:


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Old 12-22-2018, 06:27 AM
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Yeah, recessed lighting would be great, but realistically I'm not in a position to put that much $$ into lighting.

Something like this?
https://www.amazon.com/Light-Accents...ulb+floor+lamp

I just can't find a style that would look nice for that spot.

This one has good reviews, but I feel like the style doesn't fit:
https://www.amazon.com/Brightech-Ori...ulb+floor+lamp
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:28 AM
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Oh, I didn't see amiga's attachment. Thanks! I could order one and see how it looks, but they would be a pain to return.

Zia, would you put that on the left side of the tv and leave the lamp on the right? Would that look off-balance?
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:29 AM
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RH has some gorgeous floor lamps that fit your style. I'm only seeing single bulb ones, but you could add one of these to the right of the TV and the multi-bulb one behind the couch?

Anyway, check this LINK
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:31 AM
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Your other shades are fabric, so I would stick with that, not add metal/plastic ones. I think that would look weird. Plus, your style is very homey and traditional. I wouldn't add a modern lamp to that room. This is just me, do what you like!
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:48 AM
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And now I've fallen down the rabbithole of floor lamps! I think this could be a fun addition to the right of the TV:

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Old 12-22-2018, 06:50 AM
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Well, I hesitate to respond because you didn’t ask me, but I meant replace that corner box with a floor lamp you like, but make sure it gives plenty of light. I would not go with trendy, but I like eclectic and not matchy-matchy. I chose stainless because I thought that’s what you already had. For me, that’s enough of a “match.”
I agree...they need to be "related" but not IDENTICAL.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:53 AM
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What about a battery operated wall sconce ?
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:58 AM
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Well, I hesitate to respond because you didn’t ask me, but I meant replace that corner box with a floor lamp you like, but make sure it gives plenty of light. I would not go with trendy, but I like eclectic and not matchy-matchy. I chose stainless because I thought that’s what you already had. For me, that’s enough of a “match.”
Yeah, I was thinking the corner one needed to go because it wouldn't come close to matching anything else and it really doesn't give much light. Thanks!

I am more of a matchy person, but I like it when OTHERS put together things that look good together. I'm just not good at it myself.

I do like that one that you posted, Zia! I will look at RH, too.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:00 AM
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And now I've fallen down the rabbithole of floor lamps!
And I’m right next to you, Zia.

PEP, if you’re looking for “homey” browns (it looks like those are your colors), you might want to consider bronze, which is back “in.” Like some of these:
https://www.lampsplus.com/products/floor-lamps/

And I LOVE the lamps at RH, but I chose LampsPlus because it’s in the price range of your original. If you want to go expensive, I’d put in recessed lights.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:15 AM
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I know everyone is talking about lamps, but what type of lighting do you have on the ceiling now? It may be that your covering is too dark or bulbs just need to be brighter. Brighter overhead lighting on a dimmer switch (not expensive to install) may be your solution without having to add more lamps. Go for the brightest bulbs the overhead fixture can hold and use the dimmer. Make sure to us the bright white or daylight bright light bulbs overhead.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:16 AM
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I don't know the cost or labor but we had these (cable lighting) in our last house and we LOVED them! You can move them to where ever you need the lighting and they are soft and beautiful. The cables were not distracting - kind of added an element of interest. We had lots of admirers for the lighting.

So much prettier than recessed lighting. Gotta be cheaper to put in, I would think.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:21 AM
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You may want to try a drum style lamp shade on the lamps. They allow more light.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:32 AM
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Or, get a canvass with a light picture on it, and hang it with string lights behind it. YOu could put it in one of the corners, and move one of the lights you have out where the tree it. Or put the wall art where the tree is.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:03 AM
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Yes for a multiple bulb floor lamp where the tree is.

Possibly different larger or wider lamp shades that let more light escape into room.

I was also thinking battery operated sconces. But, they may not give off enough light.

How expensive would it be to have an electrician add another outlet by the tree?
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for all the suggestions! Yeah, it's hard because I'm not sold on the brown (honestly I'd like something a little cozier, but there were a few brown items when I moved in and I was in a hurry to decorate and built off of those. However, totally redoing it just isn't something I really want to invest in, although perhaps when I get new couches I will.

Ceiling lighting would be perfect, but probably more work than I want to put into my living room. I'll be buying a new car soon, and would like to work on my kitchen first. But the lighting is still important to me, especially in the dark of winter!

I'm still toying around with all of your ideas!
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:08 AM
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Wall scones beside the fireplace or battery lamps on top of the mantel. Even glass containers filled with little fairy lights will add a glow.
Is there room for a narrow sofa table behind the couch that you could put lamps on?
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:10 AM
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You can add a traditional teal lamp to go with your room. It adds a good reading light.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:11 AM
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I like to save floor space and keep it clear in smaller areas. Eventually changing the color scheme would brighten the room up as well as someone suggested.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:13 PM
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I also love mirrors to bounce the light you already have. One on the wall where the tree is would be great!
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:16 PM
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So many great suggestions from people far savvier than I, but I just wanted to say that I have the same exact light as the one you have by your TV. We NEVER use it because it's not very bright (and it's near our TV and Christmas tree, too! ). All of our light really comes from the fan/light fixture in the dining room or the hall light. It's a small apartment, so we're not that far away from any other space

Also, I may be wrong, but I believe we used to have the exact same couch/loveseat as well
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:39 AM
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Grace, that's so funny! I use my dining room light, as well. The couches are from Lazy Boy. Yours too?
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Old 12-23-2018, 02:08 PM
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PEPteach- honestly, I'm not sure where it came from, because dh picked it out before I moved into the house with him (it was when we were living in two different states while I finished school before we had kids) and I never noticed where it came from. So I'll just say, YES!
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