Stuck with a living room with no ceiling lighting but still need to find a solution to light it? Here are six creative ways to light a living room with no overhead lighting.

Quick version: Floor lamps and sconces. Check out 6 creative ways how to use them.

There might be many reasons why your living room has no ceiling lighting installed. Your house might be old, and you may be renting. There might be other reasons as well, but we won’t go into detail why. Our goal is to give you some creative ideas on how to solve this problem uniquely and interestingly.

The quick version of the solution is straightforward. Get more floor and table lamps. It’s as simple as that, but it’s boring. Why not use this problem as an opportunity to create unique and functional decor that will increase your home comfort and value. And without having to install hardware to do that.


Floor Lamp Against a Mirror

Floor Lamp Against a Mirror #homedecor

The idea of using mirrors is one of the more creative and one of the most effective lighting solutions in a living room without overhead lighting. By placing a tall floor lamp against a mirror (which can be hanging on the wall or freestanding on the floor), you’re essentially¬†reflecting all the light around the room. That way you get the most value from your lamps.

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Freestanding Floor Lamps in a Living Room with No Overhead Lighting

Freestanding Floor Lamps in a Living Room with No Overhead Lighting #homedecor

There are many floor lamps in a functional design that you can use around a living room and increasing the lighting where needed. Tall lights, like in this example, can almost replace overhead entirely.

Hanging Cable Lamps

Hanging Cable Lamps #homedecor

Ok, so you’re not in the position to install ceiling wiring for overhead lighting. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a long cable and hang sconces and statement bulbs or pendants from the ceiling. All you will have to do is install a simple fixture or a hook to hang the cable.


Modern Corner Floor Lamps

Modern Corner Floor Lamps #homedecor

Just place beautiful statement lamps in a couple of corners in your living room to serve as the lighting. This way you’re solving the lighting problem, and you’re getting decor value from the design.

Tall Floor Lamps

Tall Floor Lamps #homedecor

Did you know you can get floor lamps almost as tall as the ceiling? That way you’re getting lighting that is virtually overhead. Problem solved. And at the same time, such an exciting design adds a lot of decor value as well.


Wall Sconces

Wall Sconces #homedecor

Wall sconces are another option to add more lighting to the living room with no overhead lighting. You need to install them too, but you don’t have to install the wiring. And it’s much simpler than messing with your ceiling. If you get a beautiful design or even vintage sconces, they will make great home decor accents too.

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Unique Table Lamps

Unique Table Lamps #homedecor

Table lamps may seem like a dull and ineffective way to light a living room. They are small and provide only spotlighting. As such they are irreplaceable in, for example, a reading nook, but are they enough to light up the room? The answer is yes if you use them with floor lamps and sconces as another lighting layer. And if you pick unique accent lamps, they will make your decor a lot more interesting.