Many of us don’t pay a lot of attention to the lighting we use at home. We screw in a lightbulb and perhaps choose a shade that goes with the decor. If we need a bit more light or we’re feeling particularly creative, we might be a lamp. But lighting doesn’t have to be boring. There is lots that we can do to make the lights in homes much more fun. You can play with colour, shape and design to create a home that’s lit adequately and interestingly. Make lighting a part of your decor and not just the thing that makes it visible by using some of these methods.
Try Some Coloured Lighting
You might think that coloured lights look a bit tacky, but they can have an incredible effect if you use them correctly. It’s best to be sparing and not have whole rooms awash with bright lights. Otherwise, you could end up with your home looking like a school disco. Instead of using coloured bulbs for overhead lights, save them for accents around the house. You could put small LEDs under cabinets or in dark corners for a touch of fun. You can also get bright light-up cubes or lamps to add atmosphere and ambience in your bedroom.
Use Different Shaped Bulbs
If your lights themselves are on display (i.e. in your line of vision or exposed), it’s a good idea to make the bulbs themselves more attractive. When you’re not using a lampshade, or you have a central light fixture, plain bulbs can look dull. There are a few different shapes you can try to make things for exciting. For a more classic look, use ones that are shaped like candles, which look excellent in a chandelier. You can find an example on the LED Planet website, where you can also get bulbs with filaments that look like flames. If you want everything to be a bit more modern, you can find some excellent hand-crafted pieces in all sorts of shapes.
Choose Unconventional Shades and Fixtures
You don’t have to focus on the bulbs. Choosing fun fixtures and shades can make your lighting stand out too. You could try a modern twist on a chandelier, some dramatic pendant lights over your dining table or something quirky like a knitted woollen shade. Don’t stick with a plain bulb hanging from the ceiling covered with a cone-shaped shade when there are so many other options you can choose from.
Install Old-fashioned Lights
Vintage is in right now, and it probably going to stick around for a long time. Some of the best lighting options hark back to the first days of electricity, but thankfully they work a lot better than bulbs did then. You can find some stunning fixtures and bulbs that look a hundred years old, but function as well as any modern light.
Don’t put up with dull lighting, when you can inject some fun into it. Think about your lights when you make home improvements, and pay them just as much attention as everything else.