Lighting can be one of the most essential elements of a space. No one likes to get ready in the dark, eat in the dark, or essentially do anything other than sleep in the dark. When a space has poor lighting it feels closed off, dingy, and dark (duh), which in turn makes you not want to spend any time there. This can get tricky when the dark space is where you live – but have no fear, I have a few tricks up my sleeve and ideas on how to make the best of even the darkest situations.
First Up – The Bathroom
What is it about rental properties that just screams to all management “PLEASE GIVE ME THE DARKEST BATHROOM POSSIBLE!” Because, I swear, this is what happens every. single. time. Don’t they know that we need to do essential things like shower and apply make up in here?
The make up problem can be solved with a counter top lamp, or a lighted mirror- wham bam thank you ma’am. But the showering situation is a little more tricky. Personally, I hate taking showers in the dark. Biggest pet peeve. I tried wall lights but that was useless. This LED tube that you can pick up from Walmart creates a relaxing ambiance & often times I actually leave my bathroom door open to allow that vibe to continue into my room, everyone loves it!
Second – The Kitchen
Eating in the dark isn’t fun either. My apartment has the added bonus of a massive air vent door (as you can see by the grills at the bottom). With some careful application of cute wrapping paper the eye sore is significantly cut down, and sitting a cute vase with some fairy lights in front of it makes it infinitely better. Now I can eat in a normally light area. (Next task, save money for a real table).
Third – The Living Room
Now we move into my love of hanging lights. Apartments suck because they often don’t come equipped with ceiling lights (RUDE), but don’t worry – we can fix that! So what you’ll need for these next two options is something called a swag hook kit. They’re literally $4 at Home Depot and can totally change your lighting life.
For the first one, I found the pendant on Amazon ($40) and wove the cord through a pretty chain. Assembling the swag hook kit is super easy and fun because you get to use a drill, which is surprisingly addictive.
I love chandeliers. They’re so pretty, and the construction of the crystal reflects and refracts the light beautifully around the room. I can not recommend you invest in a small one more. I always put this chandelier close to a window if I can to amplify the amount of natural light coming in my room. I installed this one with a swag hook kit and wove the cord through a white chain as well.
Finally – The Bedroom
Remember all of those pictures of cute photo trees that you have seen on Pinterest? And the cute crafts with fairy lights? Take a deep breath because it is actually very simple get this all set up! Because I can never have enough lighting, I’ve aquired some twinkling fairy lights and have clipped my favorite photos to it like this:
Alrighty, that’s the last of my DIY series, and now you are armed with the tools to DIY your own amazing space. If you enjoyed it, let me know on twitter (@slindewoman) or post in the comments below! Besitos