Lighting your home can be a decorative event every bit as important and contributive to style as painting ceilings and trim or putting up wallpaper. If you add some lighting that is a bit off the radar, you can create a home that people love to stay in until well into the wee hours of the morning. Your choices for lighting design range from the simple to the outlandish and it all comes down to you and your sense of style.
Fluorescence and Cornice
Cornice lighting with fluorescent bulbs can make a dramatic impact on your drapes or curtains. The soft light that is directed downward to the window treatments can be accomplished by mounting the bulbs on the underside of a cornice. The cornice adds a bit of class to the window and the lighting only increases that sense of elegance and understated style.
Make Your Own Crazy Lamp
Making your own lamp from something that you own can showcase not just the light itself, but your abilities and talents. Look around for pretty much anything which can be hollowed out for the wiring and onto which you can place the bulb. Some creative ideas include an old bugle, one of those 1970s weirdly shaped vases or even a stack of books. Just drill a hole through the center of the books and wire up for the perfect reading lamp.
Christmas Lights Around the Year
Indoor plants offer the perfect opportunity for a creative lighting design. Buy some clear Christmas lights on a string and place them around the plant. Voila! Your plant now becomes a lighting source.
Chandelier Du Trois
Dining tables are the perfect centerpiece over which to hang a chandelier. But why let someone at some lighting design company tell you how to illuminate your meals? Or worse: why let some advertising mavens on Madison Avenue trick you into thinking you need a specific type of chandelier to illuminate your meal? Buy three single lighting fixtures that you love and install them above the dining table in any order you want. You get all the lighting offered by a chandelier, but you’ve co-opted the principle of design from some guy who has never been to your house.
Tall Ceilings, Long Lighting
If you’ve got a tall ceiling, your lighting fixture may not be strong or wide enough to provide ample illumination. This is why you must utilize lamps in addition to the ceiling light fixture just to see your way around the room. Take control and add dramatic flourish by suspending long-hanging pendant lights over those specific areas where lighting is a necessity, but the current situation leaves you in the dark. Hang a pendant light over every bit of furniture. Install a dimmer switch so that you can decide just how much light you want flooding your living area.