How to set the lighting in a living room with wooden beams?
What are the best wooden beam lighting ideas?
If you are asking yourself these questions, then you are in the right place.
In this article, I’m going to explain how to illuminate a living room with wooden beams, going to enhance the environment, while safeguarding and furnishing the space at your disposal.
Importance of wooden beams lighting
Often the general idea of a ceiling with wooden beams is linked to the old rustic farmhouses in the countryside, with high and sloping ceilings, but in reality, with the evolution of interior design and architecture, we also find this type of house in very different residential contexts.
As in some modern houses and in Nordic-style houses, where cold colors prevail and wood, even painted, is used a lot in the interiors.
In fact, where space allows it, you can really indulge yourself in setting the lighting for a ceiling with wooden beams, enhancing this architectural feature while keeping faith with the style of the interior of the house.
Both the light beams that enhance the ceiling (accent lighting) and the lighting devices that descend from the beams to provide general and diffused lighting (ambient lighting) are considered as lighting for the wooden beams.
Considerations for choosing lighting
Before choosing the chandeliers you like best for your space, there are some considerations you need to make in order to ensure uniform, pleasant and chic lighting.
The first factor to evaluate is the type of ceiling and consequently the dimensions (in height and square footage) of the room.
If you have a sloping and high ceiling you will certainly need more lighting in terms of both light points and intensity, in this case I recommend the use of different lighting devices, both hanging from the ceiling and on the walls and I would associate one or two floor lamps in the darkest corners or near a sofa or armchair.
Conversely, if you have rather low ceilings, prefer recessed spotlights, which allow you to have general lighting while safeguarding the space, and associate sconces along the walls and floor lamps for more focused lighting.
Other factors to evaluate are the type, style and colors of the furnishings, the type of atmosphere you want to create and last but not least, the budget you have available.
Try to arrange the lights to reduce the shadows created by the beams. As fascinating as the contrast between lights and shadows may be, it is always good practice to create a mix of diffused light throughout the room, so as to avoid too marked shadows.
Also, if you want to be sure you’re not making a mistake, I invite you to also read our general guide on how to light up a living room.
Types of lighting for wooden beams
As previously mentioned, we divide the lighting into an ambient and an accent or secondary one.
As ambient lighting for a living room with wooden beams, the best choice falls on an imposing chandelier because it solves the problem that persists on how to illuminate a sloping ceiling, filling a space that is usually very high.
The chandelier is usually placed on the master table in the living room or in the center of a bedroom with wooden beams, in the latter case a lower light intensity is recommended so as to favor a relaxing and delicate atmosphere.
When choosing and placing a chandelier in a living room with exposed beams, it is important to consider the height of the beams themselves. In particular, it is necessary to calculate the available height from the floor to the bottom of the beams and take this measurement into account when choosing the height of the chandelier.
As secondary lighting, sconces with adjustable arms are recommended so as to be able to illuminate while decorating the walls at the same time (for example between paintings, or on the sides of a fireplace).
Finally, as a support for the chandelier, you can choose floor lamps in combination with it, to ensure stylistic and image continuity.
An increasingly discussed topic nowadays concerns energy saving, where we try to safeguard the ecosystem of our beautiful planet through the reduction of emissions and the use of alternative energies.
In our work, it is common to hear about light pollution, whose definition is cited as “the deleterious effect (harmful and harmful) of urban and suburban artificial lights (used by man in inhabited areas and in the connecting roads between them), mainly caused by poor lighting design and therefore from an inconsiderate energetic abuse”.
As can be seen from the quote, this term mostly refers to urban lighting, but the fight against pollution can also be supported inside our homes thanks to LED lamps, which, even if with a slightly higher expense, guarantee greater savings in bills and zero maintenance for several years.
Small daily gestures, such as making the most of natural light and turning off the light when not necessary, help reduce waste and reduce consumption.
Here we are at the end.. by now you will have some ideas on how to set the lighting of a ceiling with wooden beams, starting from the considerations to be made up to the choice of the devices that are best for you.
For more information, don’t be afraid to contact us, Cristalleria Murano ® makes its team of lighting designers available free of charge, with the aim of offering you personalized lighting with the utmost precision according to your tastes.
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