Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Simple DIY Lighting Changes

Are you looking for an easy, do-it-yourself way to liven up your home? If so, know that you don’t have to undertake some major house renovation in order to see a positive change. In fact, there are many simple, small projects you can do that can make a big difference. Lighting projects are a perfect example of how a few little changes can go a long way and many of them you can do without help from a professional. Read on to learn about some easy ways to open up your space and give your home a whole new vibe.

Get New Shades

Do you rely largely on lamps to light your home? If so, you can easily change things up by changing up your lamp shades! Whether you’re just bored with your current style or your shades have become flat and dim over time, you’ll be surprised to find what a major difference something as simple as a shade change can make. There are all kinds of colors, linings, and designs to choose from, and you can even add in extras like monograms, stencil designs, beads, braiding, and more. With your imagination, a few basic crafting supplies, and a new shade, you can easily create a whole new look for your lamps and the rooms they’re in as well.               

Add a Dimmer

Some people go through life with only two lighting options: on or off. However, there’s a better way! The amount of light you need will vary based on time of day, the activity you’re doing, and more. It just makes sense, then, that you should be able to control the “lighting level” of your home. Do this easily by purchasing and installing light dimmers, a process which is as simple as following the instructions printed on the packaging. With a dimmer, you’ll be able to create all kinds of looks for your home and to always create the perfect mood and ambiance.


If you’re a crafty type of person, then you can have fun and achieve a new look for your home by creating your own lamp. Lamp bases can be made out of just about anything, including baskets, boxes, vases, fish bowls, jugs, and more. Once you’ve selected a base you love, you can buy a lamp design kit that has the lighting materials you need from a home goods store. And, if you want to leave the hard work up to the pros, you can do that too. Either way, you’ll have full control over what your brand new lamp looks like in the end!

Install Motion Sensitive Lights

Another good and very convenient option for a do-it-yourself lighting project is to install motion-sensitive lighting in key areas throughout your home. Again, this is a project that is as simple as following the instructions; if you can read, you can do it! Motion-sensitive lights will turn on when they detect motion, such as when you walk in the front door at the end of the day, and will turn on all by themselves. Talk about convenience!

As you can see, there are many ways to “lighten up” your home without spending a fortune. Plus, not only do DIY projects save money, but they also give you a sense of pride when you take in what you’ve created.