Changing your Lighting on a Budget
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We aren’t all blessed with an unlimited budget for improving our living space. Here are a few tips that can change the way you feel in your home by simply changing the lighting arrangements.
Buy Yourself a Lamp
Lamps have been around forever but there are limitless options available today. The form of lamp that most people are familiar with is that old favourite table lamp. The electric table lamp has evolved from generations of oil and gas lamps. It is versatile and portable and gives out a pool of light that is usually directed down. These types of lamps create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Lamps are available in many forms with bases that can be made from glass, stone, metal, wood and even ceramic. Shades also come in many shapes and sizes and a wide range can be found online. You don’t even have to travel to the store to get your new lamp – it can be purchased online and delivered direct to your door.
Consider Using Candles
For many years, candles were an expensive luxury that most people could not afford. They relied on the light given off by their heat source, usually the fire in the hearth, or simply retired to bed at dusk when sunlight faded. Nowadays, candles are very affordable and available from many different stockists. Try using a tall candle in an elegant candlestick to bring a touch of class to your dining room or a short broad candle to bring intimacy to the bedroom.
Purchase a Clip Spotlight
Clip spotlights are essentially a bulb attached to a giant clip. They plug in to your electric socket and can then be clipped to curtain rails or another suitable mount. Be careful though, the wires do trail from the socket to the light and it’s easy to trip over them and pull the spotlight away from where it has been secured.
Using Silver and Gold
Add silver or gold paper to the inside of a lamp shade. Gold paper makes the light shining from the lamp feel warmer while silver paper gives a cooler feel. Make sure the paper you use is fireproof, though, as shades can get hot.
Let There be Natural Light
Make the most of the natural light that falls into your room. A blind at the window can help to reflect light into the room while a large mirror carefully positioned can greatly increase the general brightness in any area. Ensure that drapes are held well back from a window as bunched drapes hanging in front of the glass when pulled can drastically reduce the natural light entering a room.
Whatever you decide to do, it will be a lot cheaper than a major refit.