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How to Light Up Your Living Room with Louis Poulsen

by DAnny Robertson

 louis poulsenThe right lighting can create a beautiful and relaxing living room space, creating mood and atmosphere.  For a stylish and modern living room, lighting is a central part of a well designed space. It’s important to choose the right lighting fixtures that will not only look great but also be functional.

The elegant Scandinavian-influenced modern lighting by Louis Poulsen is available in a wide variety of styles and are suitable for a wide range of applications.

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Louis Poulsen lighting designs and manufactures a full range of modern lighting, from ceiling lights that illuminate an entire area to wall sconces or tiny lamps for mood lighting.

Additionally, most of their range is available in a variety of colors to complement any color scheme or environment.

Let’s look at how to light your living room in a stylish, modern way with Louis Poulsen. If you'd like to do a deep dive on the Louis Poulsen lighting brand, you can read their buyer's guide here.

louis poulsen ph5 pendant in living roomAdd a dramatic focal point with a pendant ceiling light, or chandelier

While pendant lights, or chandeliers are often reserved for a dining room or kitchen area, the right pendant light can become a stylish and dramatic focal point for a modern living room. It provides a sense of elegance and sophistication to the room, while also giving it a welcoming and cozy vibe.

A pendant ceiling light can be used as a focal point for your living room, but it also needs to be chosen carefully so that it complements the overall design, bringing a contemporary feel to the room. While there are many different types of pendant lights available on the market, each with their own unique features and benefits that can help you create a beautiful living space, Louis Poulsen’s pendants remain one of the most iconic designs that are sure to bring elegance and beautiful even lighting to your living space.

The next thing to consider is the type of bulbs that are used in the light fixture. There are two main types: incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs. Incandescent lights cost less than LED lights, but they do use more energy then the newer LED’s. The drawback of LED’s is that they produce a light that isn't’ as in tune with nature as incandescent bulbs. 

We recommend the incandescent bulb using Louis Poulsen PH 5 Pendant.

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The Pendant's reflecting system produces 100 percent glare-free light, with the majority of it directed downward. It effectively lights itself by emitting light both below and laterally and the interior red cone and little blue reflector of the classic fixture produce a warmer tone of light for your living room, directly over a coffee table.

  • The multi-shade system produces consistent light dispersion since each shade suppresses light equally due to its distance from the light source.

  • This is the first lamp that uses the scientific paradigm of the logarithmic spiral as a light distribution foundation.

  • The original lamp has been replicated multiple times, with floor, table, wall, and pendant variants presently available.

louis poulsen panthella floor lampAdd a lamp

A modern living room is a space that should be inviting and comfortable, and it should also have a sense of style. The right lamp can help you achieve this goal by providing the necessary lighting while also providing some stylish decor to the living room.

There are many different types of lamps, but some of the most popular ones are:

  • Louis Poulsen Table lamps: Table lamps often come with adjustable arms that allow them to be placed on any surface. They can provide great lighting for reading or working at a desk.

  • Louis Poulsen Floor Lamps: These lamps provide more focused lighting which makes them perfect for illuminating one particular area like a reading chair or sofa.

  • Floor Lamps with Shades: These lamps have shades that provide even more focused light and give an extra stylish touch to any room

panthella floor lamp

Our top recommendation to light your living room with a lamp is the Louis Poulsen Panthella Floor Lamp

The organic appearance of the Panthella Floor Lamp is as popular now as it was in the 1970s. Its creator wanted to create a lamp that reflected light from the foot as well as the shade.

While the shade reflects light downward, the shade's surface disperses the majority of the light generated by the Panthella Floor lamp across the room, creating a pleasant and welcome atmosphere.

What is the difference between a wall lamp, a wall light and a wall sconce?

  1. Louis Poulsen Wall lamps are designed to be placed in a vertical position on the wall. They are often used in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

  2. Louis Poulsen Wall lights are generally designed to be placed in a horizontal position on the wall. They are often used in hallways, bathrooms, kitchens and other areas that need more light than just a wall sconce can provide.

  3. Louis Poulsen Wall sconces are designed to be mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling. They usually provide accent lighting for an area or room by projecting light downward onto walls or floors.

Click on any of the links above to see stylish examples of all three by Louis Poulsen


How many light lumens look good in a living room?

  • A living room's ambient lighting should be between 1,500 and 3,000 lumens for bright even lighting conditions

  • A minimum of 400 lumens should be provided for reading

What type of lighting is best for tasks in a living room?

Task lighting in living rooms is best provided by table lamps or floor lamps with an adjustable head.

A reading table lamp should be placed next to a sofa or lounge chair to cast light directly on whatever is being read or worked on for best results.

Apart from lightning, how do you make your living room stylish and modern?

A modern living room design is both stylish and functional. It should be designed to make the most out of the space available while providing ample seating, storage, and entertainment. Here are some tips on how to make your living room more stylish and modern:

  1. Add a few plants. Plants are an excellent way to add life and color to any space. They also have the added benefit of filtering out dust particles, allergens, and other harmful substances from the air.

  2. Get rid of clutter. The best way to make your living room look clean is by getting rid of clutter that has accumulated over time in your space. It can be tempting to keep everything you own just in case you need it later on, but this only makes the space look cluttered and messy when it could otherwise be beautiful and inviting.

  3. Add some artwork or home décor items that you love or find interesting in some way - even if they don't match the overall color scheme, they will give the room some unique character and talking points when you have guests.

  4. A fireplace if possible; it will provide warmth and ambiance to your home.

  5. A TV console for all of your electronic devices (gaming consoles, cable box, sound system). This will also help you manage cables that can otherwise become messy over time.

  6. And finally, adding textures is one way to make your living room stylish and modern. For example, you could use a rug on the floor which would add texture to the space as well as warmth. 

You could also use textured wallpaper or curtains on the walls for a similar effect. Adding texture will not only provide visual interest but will also create an inviting atmosphere in your living room.

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Wrapping up

Louis Poulsen's designs are influenced by mid-century modern and Scandinavian modern design traditions. The mid-century modern style emerged in the United States in the 1950s and soon gained popularity.

Traditional designs were abandoned in favor of futuristic ones, which were created using new technologies and materials to create furniture that was both bold and functional. They make lights and light fixtures that every modern living room should have - including yours. 

Any questions? Or do you just need to chat about more living room ideas? Feel free to contact us anytime.

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