Want to replace your apartment’s lighting? Trick question! Of course you do! Who actually enjoys those ubiquitous “boob” lights?!
Today, I brought in professional interior designer Liz to tell us all how we can upgrade our lighting without breaking the bank
As a life-long renter, I know how frustrating it can be to not have recessed cans, hard-wired sconces, or dimmers to control light with precision. So let’s focus on how to get that luxe, layered look in a way that’s achievable in any apartment.
4 ways to replace, repair or disguise your apartment’s bad lighting
Let’s take a minute to admire this room, shall we?
The design of the room is ultimately successful because of good lighting. The general illumination comes from the ceiling fixture, yet it’s not too bright (although a show-stopper).
Otherwise, dark corners are balanced out with lamps that cast a warm glow that’s inviting and cozy. The lamps provide eye-level lighting while seated, which is the most flattering light for your face.
If the only light source is over your head, it can be a little harsh; think about every sad fitting room, ever. So break up with the $20 torch lamps from college and explore the myriad of lighting choices out there.
Floor lamps are often overlooked, but can anchor a vignette and make up for a lack of overhead lighting. Create a real dining room in a loft or otherwise non-compartmentalized space with a simple arc floor lamp like shown here.
Looking for something adjustable? Consider creating a reading nook with a library sconce! No bedside table needed; just hang on the wall and use a cord cover to finish off the look.
Once you have the fixtures in place, think about the level of illumination. Bathrooms and kitchens should be bright, but bedrooms and casual entertaining spaces feel most comfortable when the lighting isn’t harsh. Use plug-in or wireless dimmers for maximum flexibility.
And don’t forget about stylized bulbs if you want to roll without shades or remove existing ones that are terrible. Low cost, big impact!
Have you got a lighting conundrum? If you do, tell us about it in the comments and Liz will weigh in with advice!