Lighting an open plan living area can be challenging, as it requires balancing multiple functional and aesthetic considerations. Here are ten common mistakes people make when lighting an open plan living area.

1. Using only one type of lighting.

 Relying solely on overhead lighting can create a flat and uninviting atmosphere. It's important to layer different types of lighting, such as accent lighting and task lighting, to add depth, interest, and dimension to the space.

The TR Bulb collection can be used to layer your lighting in an open plan area. Use the linear pendant or individual pendants over a kitchen bench or dining table with the wall, table, and floor lamps for ambient and accent lighting.

TR Bulb Collection | open plan living room lighting | Lighterior

2. Choosing the wrong colour temperature.

The colour temperature of the light can affect the mood and feel of the space. Choosing a cooler colour temperature can create a more sterile environment, while a warmer colour temperature can create a cosier and more inviting atmosphere.

3. Not considering the function of the area.

Different areas or zones of an open plan living space may require different types of lighting. For example, a dining area may benefit from a statement pendant light, while a lounge area may need softer ambient lighting.

The Girasoli Linear Pendant Light in the dining area of this open plan space creates a striking feature and focal point, while ceiling lights from the same collection light the hallway area for a more functional use and the beautiful floor lamp in the corner provides task and ambient lighting.

Girasoli Collection | open plan living room lighting | Lighterior

4. Not using dimmer switches.

Dimmer switches can help adjust the light levels and create a more versatile and ambient lighting scheme.

5. Not using accent lighting.

Accent lighting can highlight architectural features, artwork, or other decorative elements in the space. Without these, a space can feel flat and uninteresting.

The Freckles Tall Wall Light is a beautiful celebration of ceramic craftsmanship. An artwork all its own, it makes an ideal accent light for an open plan living area. Bright without being overpowering, adding a subtle but dynamic downward light to highlight an area with warmth and ambience.

Freckles Wall Light | open plan living room lighting | Lighterior

6. Overlooking the importance of task lighting.

Task lighting is essential for specific tasks such as cooking or reading and should be considered when designing the lighting scheme. Thought should be given to shadows that may be cast over a working area or if a light can be adjusted to direct light where it is most needed.

7. Not considering the height of the ceiling.

The height of the ceiling can affect the type and placement of lighting fixtures. High ceilings may require pendant lights or chandeliers to fill the space, while lower ceilings may need flush-mounted fixtures.

The Hashira Pendant Light with its translucent fabric and visible structure is ambient yet purposeful, making it an ideal choice for a high-ceilinged space. Either as an individual pendant or a cluster, with its 5m drop length, it can be positioned to suit most ceiling heights.

Hashira Pendant Light | open plan living room lighting | Lighterior

8. Choosing fixtures that are too small or too large. 

Lighting fixtures that are too small can get lost in a large space, while fixtures that are too large can overwhelm the area. Consider the measurements of your space very carefully before committing to a particular design.

9. Not considering energy efficiency.

Energy-efficient lighting options such as LED bulbs can reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills over time.

10. Not balancing natural and artificial light.

Natural light can enhance the beauty of an open plan living area, but it should be balanced with artificial light sources to provide consistent lighting throughout the day and night.

A cluster of Tradition Pendant Lights provides the perfect balance between artificial and natural light. It becomes a beautiful feature during the day as the natural light washes in through the huge windows. As the light fades, the collection of pendants will bring a warm and inviting glow to the darkened area.

Tradition Pendant Light | open plan living room lighting | Lighterior

In conclusion, by avoiding these ten common mistakes when lighting an open plan living area, you can create a welcoming and functional space that meets your lighting needs and enhances the overall aesthetic of the room.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed by all these potential missteps, take some advice from Jade on the Lighterior team: “Start by selecting an item that sparks the most joy for you - something that you absolutely love, and then build around that! Everything else will fall into place.”

If you feel you need further help when planning your living area lighting, get in touch with our expert customer service team who can advise you on the best products for your space.