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25 of the best Low Ceiling Living Room Lighting Ideas

While soaring ceilings are considered an asset for a living space, the reality is many homes have living rooms with lower ceilings. If that is the case for you, don’t be discouraged—there are lots of great options for lighting can can make your ceiling feel higher. Read on to learn some lighting ideas for living rooms with low ceilings.

Consider Adjustable Fixtures

Vertical wood paneling adds a midcentury flair to this modern interior by Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. A brass pendant with black sculptural heads picks up on these vibes. Adjustable heads allow light to be aimed where it’s needed.

Disappearing Lights

One strategy for lighting living rooms with low ceilings it to choose a fixture that nearly disappears. This subtle white chandelier blends in with the ceiling and lets other textures within the room take precedence. Colorful throw pillows and artwork distract the eye so the ceiling is the last thing on your guests’ mind.

Combine Historical and Modern

Combining historic style with modern touches is a great way to elevate your living room. An ornate ceiling medallion contrasts with a sleek brass bohemian pendant in this transitional space. A modern sofa is grounded by a traditional rug.

Fun and Functional Lighting

Blue meets wood tones in this living room design by Megan Dufresne of MC Design Shop. An architectural wood pendant integrates with the character of the space. A quirky floor lamp with an integrated table adds a bit of whimsy to the space.

Consider Recessed Lights

In a large open living and kitchen area, you’ll need several types of light. Recessed lights are always a great choice for lower ceilings. Simple pendants in the kitchen and dining area provide light where it’s needed while drawing the eye upward. Neutral surfaces reflect lots of natural light, minimizing the need for artificial light during the day.

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Recessed Living Room Lighting

Deborah Bettcher of Deborah Bettcher Decorating Den Interiors opted for adjustable recessed fixtures in this traditional living room. Table lamps provide ambient lighting while natural light is plentiful during the day. Recessed fixtures allow the low ceilinged space to feel higher.


Mixing colors and patterns is a great way to make the most of a space with a lower ceiling. Here, blue and lime green pop and a funky rug and artwork rounds out the eclectic living room. A whimsical semi-flush mount fixture is an excellent choice to punctuate the space.

Flowers Are Always A Good Idea

Just because your living room has low ceilings doesn’t mean you can’t embellish the ceiling surface. Here, paneled detailing provides an elevated look. A statement chandelier evocative of flowers is echoed by plentiful arrangements around the room. A neutral palette with touches of pink keep this space feeling elegant.

Time for Recess

Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Interior Designs made a focal point out of the fireplace and the extraordinary views in the living room. Not letting the low ceilings deter her, she opted for square-trimmed recessed ceiling lights that practically disappear. A cozy seating area and built in shelving round out the space.

Art Infuses Character

Design by Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs opted for a traditional wood fan to complement this traditional living room. Exposed wood beams lend warmth, along with built-in shelving, dark wood flooring and a beautiful fireplace. Eclectic artwork and a patterned rug bring color and texture.

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Keep it Neutral

Jacklyn Graniczny of Sublime Homes selected recessed lighting for this low ceiling living room. White walls plus a white ceiling help the space to feel more expansive. Neutral furnishings and decor contribute to the spacious feel.

Optical Illusion

Want to make your living room feel larger than it is? Opt for neutral colors and hang window treatments as high as possible to provide a lengthening effect. An eye catching chandelier, like this one with blow-glass ornamentation, also draws the eye upward and makes the space feel taller.

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Look for Lamps

In a space with lower ceilings you might want to skip the ceiling light fixtures all together and instead opt to use lamps. This modern floor lamp provides plenty of light for the corner of this living room. Mix in some wall sconces and/or table lamps to provide soft ambient light around the room.

Coordinate Your Fan

When selecting a living room ceiling fan, opt for a sleek and modern style that complements the architecture of the space. Here a fan with wood blades coordinates with the wood-plank ceilings. Arched windows and a vertically oriented painting also draw the eye upward.

Try a Black Ceiling Fan

Melissa Fields of Shades of Gray Design Studio opted for a sleek three-blade ceiling fan with light in this elegant living room. Black fans provide a welcome contrast against a white ceiling, making the space feel more finished and modern.

Midcentury Meets Modern

Midcentury modern style is timeless. However, many midcentury homes tend to have lower ceilings. Enhance your living room with a sleek brass semi flush mount light that complements this iconic style but delivers modern LED efficiency.

Draw the Eye Upward

You can easily distract from low living room ceilings by painting walls a neutral color and opting for textured rugs and colorful accents. Here, a teal sofa and bright painting anchor the space, while a simple metal-framed cylindrical ceiling fixture picks up on the bold graphic lines of the rug. Always aim to draw the eye upward.

All in the Family

For this traditional living room design, Megan Dufresne of MC Design Shop specified metal pendant that complements the arched wood doors and other accents. Try coordinating your rustic light fixture to your drapery and hardware, and other details such as mirrors.


Have a lower ceiling in your living room? Why not go all out and embrace it. Wallpaper was hung on the ceiling, and a sputnik-style fixtures brings the pattern into 3D. Bold colors are offset by white walls and dark wood floors to ground the space.

Think Out of the Box

These nontraditional light fixtures comprise stretched fabric that diffuses the light. They are ideal for a living room with low ceilings due to their low profile. The fixtures themselves become part of the architecture and add ambiance to the space.

Lighting as Art

An ultramodern living room design calls for an ultramodern ceiling fan. This two-blade fan efficiently moves air while maintaining a low profile. An artistic, sculptural pendant combined with a couple flush mount lights by the fireplace round out the lighting strategy.

Minimal Approach

A very low-profile ceiling fan nearly disappears against wood ceiling beams in this elegant living room by Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design. Recessed ceiling lighting is barely visible to the eye. With light, bright surfaces, daylight is all that’s needed during the daytime.

Forget the Canopy

Multiple pendants aren’t just meant for high ceiling. Rather than uniting the fixtures under a single canopy, instead install them independently. A dense grouping of pendants with varying heights can contribute to the feeling of a higher ceiling for your living room.

Stay Groovy

The 1970s called and said you can keep this groovy design. A bold color scheme embraces low ceilings and makes them an integral part of the interior design. A simple mid-century pendant with glass globes is a unifying feature in this bold space.

White Surfaces, Black Accents

Black and white is a fail-safe combination for a sleek, modern living space. A black ceiling fan picks up on the mullions and provides a contrast to the white walls and ceiling. The effect is crisp and sophisticated, making the space feel much larger and higher than it is.

We hope that you’ve found some inspiration in these 25 best low ceiling living room lighting ideas. Whether you choose to go with a modern ceiling fan or a mid-century modern flush mount ceiling light or something else entirely, your living room will be transformed. Low ceilings provide an opportunity to get creative and make the most of your home’s interior.


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