Lighting is one element of the home that is often overlooked, yet in can literally make or break the look and feel of any space. The main reason many homeowners overlook the need to update interior lighting is cost. Replacing your existing interior lighting can be expensive, and there could be an added expense of rewiring involved. You can save time and money by simply learning how to update your home’s interior lighting with the tricks listed below. These options will blend with any home design, style or décor, and they are a smart way to create ambiance with lighting.
Affordable ways to update your home’s interior lighting:
Ceiling medallions – Ceiling medallions are an affordable and simple way to add architectural detail and a bit of sophistication to a room. They are easy to install, and are available in various sizes and styles. When in place, a ceiling medallion will resemble a piece of circular molding which will disguise the hole in the ceiling through which a light fixture was installed. You can refresh the look of your home with a ceiling medallion for a price ranging between $ 10 – $150, depending on the material it’s made of and the size you select.
Change the globes – Ceiling fan lights, pendant lights, and other types of interior lighting are typically accented with glass globes which cover the bulbs. An affordable way to update your home’s interior lighting is to replace these globes with something new. If the globes you’re currently using are clear, change them up with frosted glass, Scavo glass, Tiffany glass, and so on. You can also change up the shape of your glass globes, providing the fitter measurement stays the same.
Magnetic crystals – Crystal chandeliers are absolutely gorgeous and make a sophisticated addition to any home. Due to their high cost, most of us simply cannot afford them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t update your interior lighting in a way that will make it resemble a crystal chandelier! Magnetic crystals can be purchased at an affordable price and can be added to your existing chandelier. Learn more about this innovate idea that can save you money and refresh the look of your home. Read more regarding how to ‘Dress Up Your Chandelier with Magnetic Crystals’.
Cord/Chain covers – Whenever you hang interior lighting from overhead, you’re left with an unattractive grouping of chain and cord. To help conceal it, you can purchase a very inexpensive fabric sleeve that slips right over the chain and cord. These sleeves are available in a variety of colors to match any home décor. With a price of $ 20 or less, these cord covers are an inexpensive way to update interior lighting.
Dress up your shades – If you have plain lampshades, get creative and dress them up! Use a hot glue gun to attach decorative cording, fringe, ribbon, rope, and other accent fabrics to the edge of the shade. Remove the lampshade from the lamp beforehand, and be to attach the material to a flat smooth surface on the shade. You can also dress up the shades by attaching crystals, buttons, beads, and other embellishments to the lampshades.
Add inexpensive tap lights – Under cabinet lights add a soft warm glow that provide just enough light to see, and they create an inviting ambiance. The cost of wiring-in this type of interior lighting can be costly, and may require drilling into the cabinetry and wall space. An affordable alternative is to add self-adhesive tap lights beneath the cabinets. They require no installation and use no electricity, yet you’ll still get the same cozy look that a more costly option would provide.
Add a dimmer switch – A dimmer switch can be easily added to table lamps and ceiling fixtures, allowing you to control the light intensity in the room. Want to create a romantic atmosphere? Turn the dimmer switch to low. Having friends over to play cards? Crank up the lights by switching the dimmer up. A dimmer switch is an affordable way to update interior lighting, and they help conserve energy too.
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