Lighting is one of the most important elements of how a room feels and looks. Here are 4 DIY lighting tips that can help transform your home on a budget.
1. Understanding the Basics of Lighting
Understanding the basics of how lighting works from an interior decorating standpoint is essential. Trying to light a room completely with one type of lighting isn’t going to work. According to Lifehacker, there are 3 different types of lighting:
- Ambient: The overall illumination of a room.
- Task: Points of additional light inserted into strategic locations.
- Accent: Lighting that highlights a particular area or object.
Layering these different types of lighting is a good way to give your room some added pizzazz and allow you to choose what spaces and objects to highlight. A good example of an item you might want to highlight is a piece of fine art, a priceless object, or a family photograph.
One of the most important types of lighting is ambient lighting. This is the lighting that’s used to illuminate your overall interior. Lumens is a great provider to look for ambient lighting, since they provide many options and different types of aesthetics, though always elegant.
2. Experimenting Without Breaking the Bank
Sometimes you may have an idea for a lighting feature that appeals to you, but you’re not ready to invest. Using cheap lights to experiment is a good way to get a better idea of what your final solutions will be. BuzzFeed suggests, for example, using twinkle or LED lights to illuminate dark spaces that will need a more customized lighting approach, such as a closet.
Another good example is under lighting for kitchen cabinets. To get a sense of how under lighting will work in your space, test it out by taping some cheap LED lights up. After living with this for a while, you’ll be able to make a much more informed decision.
3. Basic Tweaks for Task Lighting
One of the simplest things you can do to make some minor changes that pack a bigger punch than you might expect is to change the lampshades. Apartment Therapy suggests that the height of a shade is especially important, and frequently even needs to be corrected. A common mistake is putting a shade that sits too high on a lamp base. You can also change lampshade colors and styles to change the lighting aesthetic in a room, as well as changing the position of lamps in general. If you don’t want to buy new lamp shades, try switching them between different lamps and see how the mood of the room changes.
4. Add Your Own Touches
One of the easiest ways to tackle a beginner DIY project when it comes to lighting is to add a personal touch to lamp base. This type of project can vary widely, such as finding a kitschy base at a flea market and modernizing it with a bold color or getting more ambitious and shaping copper to fit around a bulb. The idea is to avoid electrical work that can get more complex, and approach task lighting as not only sources of illumination, but also as objects d’art.
Try getting creative with a can of spray paint in a pretty color or add some dollops of paint to achieve a polka dot effect. You can easily transform your home with both the aesthetic of a lamp base as well as the type of task lighting and shade you choose.
The key to achieving an aesthetic in any space that will appeal to you is to make sure it’s uniquely tailored to your taste. There are lots of great ideas out there of both the DIY and professional interior decorating persuasion, but the bottom line is combining smart lighting that properly illuminates your home with your own distinctive sense of style.