Simply Extend blog London home extension living room lighting lights guide

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms, whether it’s watching TV, reading, relaxing or socialising, so getting the lighting just right is really important. If you’re thinking of creating a new living room space with a home extension, you’re in the fortunate position of being able to design the lighting exactly the way you want it.

That said, we know there are a lot of lighting designs to choose from and it’s not always easy to know exactly what effect they’ll have on the room. This is why we’ve put together a living room lighting guide with explanations of the effects particular lights have, as well as hints and tips on how to best use them.

Ceiling lights

Ceiling lights tend to give the most even light across the whole room compared to other lighting styles. However, this can have its drawbacks as, if the light is particularly bright, it can make the room feel quite cold. To counter this, fit a dimmer switch with the light – this way you can control the brightness levels as you need to.

Ceiling lights also have the advantage of being an eye-catching centrepiece for your room if you opt for stunning, aesthetically pleasing designs, such as a chandelier.

Wall lights

Wall lights are a great way to create “zones” in your room – perfect for open plan spaces – and instil a warm, welcoming look. They work best when fitted above seating and in alcoves. Picture lights are another way to make wall lights work for your room since, as they illuminate artwork or photography, they also create a feature wall, as can lighting under shelves.

Simply Extend blog London home extension living room lighting light guide

Spotlights and downlighters

Great for those seeking a more modern, minimalist feel, spotlights and downlighters create a sleek look while not drawing attention to themselves. Best for people who want functional lighting that doesn’t make a statement in itself.


Lamps can also create a sense of “zones”, but they’re more versatile as they can be moved and changed as needed. They come in different varieties such as table lamps and floor lamps, and can be focused to illuminate certain areas or tasks such as reading. Because lamps come in such a huge range of styles and colours, they can help to alter or complement the overall look of your living room.

If you’re considering a London home extension to create a new living room space, Simply Extend can put their years of experience to use, helping you design and create your ideal space. Contact us today on 0800 917 7571 to speak to our experts.

Share this: