When you look around your home, you likely see a million things you’d like to improve. But undertaking a whole decorating project can be a lot to handle. Maybe you could try doing different pieces of the project at the different times. For example, you could begin with the lighting in your space and from there design the room around it. Lighting can be a fun way for you to express your unique style while making your home brighter and more modern in appearance. Here are a few suggestions that will make your lighting fixtures a conversation starter at your next party.
1) Use Weird Fixtures
Use different kinds of fixtures throughout the different lighting options in different rooms in your house. If you like the leg lamp from A Christmas Story or the old-fashion desk lamps, then go for it. A smart suggestion for the strange and unusual is to go to thrift stores, salvage shops and antique stores to get something that no one else has. They’re a great place to find antiquities that may, in some cases, be worth something. All they need is a little fixing up and light cleaning, and you’ll have interesting conversation pieces in your home that are actually functional.
2) Get More From Your Lighting
There are new light fixtures that operate the same way that Chinese lanterns do. An artist cuts out a square design that fits over the lamp and then the light shapes the designs on the walls. The best is one that makes it look like the room is inside a scary forest. They use shadows and bright spots to project shapes, images, or designs on your walls. While they might be a little bit distracting, they’re great for Halloween or for the creatively inclined child.
3) Different lamps throughout the room
People tend to purchase the same lamps throughout their home or in one room, but it does give it a pre-packaged feel rather than a home that a family lives in. Using one design throughout can get a little boring. There is nothing wrong with wanting your space to look like it is out of a magazine, but different lamps in similar shades or materials is a bit more normal and adds variety and texture to your otherwise cookie-cutter home.
4) Elaborate Where You Least Expect It
If you have expensive tastes and a flamboyant attitude then you should put your flair wherever you feel like it. Put a crystal chandelier in your laundry room or a stained glass lamp in the kitchen. It’s your home and if that makes you happy, there is no need to explain it anyone.
5) Colored Lights
You can add a little touch of color with a colored lightbulb or a shade that produces that color. They’re great for parties, living rooms, and other rooms where you don’t necessarily need to read a book. Just make sure it is a low powered bulb and there is only one. You don’t want your house looking like a carnival. Or do you?
6) Mix Old with New
Mixing vintage and contemporary is a great way to stay chic and cool in your home. Plus you won’t have to throw away all your old lighting fixtures. Try mixing that fabric print lamp with your stainless steel one, just not too close together. It’s also now possible to purchase vintage styled light bulbs from home improvement stores. Try adding one to a modern light fixture to get a contemporary look.
7) Reusable Materials
You can use old wine bottles, tequila bottles, mason jars, all kinds of DIY projects to make the coolest lamps. You’ll have all your friends asking where you got them and you can impress them with your design prowess.
8) Touch Lights
Have lights that can be turned on by simply touching them. It will make you feel like you have magical powers. Just try it.
If you don’t like the garish appearance of overhead lighting but you still need to see, try doing lights underneath the cabinets. It is not as bright and in your face, but you can still see everything. Home improvement stores sell LED light strips that come with adhesive backing and a remote. The best part is, they can change colors. Feeling blue? Well, so are your cabinets.
10) Canopy Lighting
This is great in children’s room or for a backyard. Take string lights and place them all across the ceiling. It’s whimsical and romantic but you can still see everything. It’s a great way to have ambient lighting without breaking the bank, because these lights take very little power.
Lighting is entirely up to the homeowner. Do what you want, it’s your home. Remember, you’re the one living in it.
This post was written by M.G. Bachemin in association with Waterline LLC.