How to Improve Your Home’s Lighting on a Budget

The growing popularity of resale stores and websites like Pinterest have made it easier to formulate economical and artistic ways of sprucing up your home’s lighting. However, they can also confuse you with a flood of images and design ideas available around you. If you’re looking for a simple way to reinvent your home’s lighting, you’ve come to the right place. How about some actionable tips to improve your home’s lighting without denting your pockets?

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Assess Your Lighting

Different areas in your home require different lighting. So, don’t make the mistake of the “uniform-lighting” approach, like other homeowners. Prioritising and organising your lighting will allow you to utilise the resources smartly. Focus on the basics – every room should have three lighting layers (accent, task and ambient). Browse Pinterest for creative design ideas and implement the same in your rooms.

Do Away With The Incandescent Lights

If you’re still using incandescent lights and hoping to cut your energy costs, we would suggest reconsidering your options. Incandescent lights waste more than ninety-percent of their energy in emitting the heat and also make the room warm, which can increase your AC usage, sky-rocketing your electricity bills.

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3 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!

Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!

What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.

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Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint

Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.

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As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.

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Creating a Conversation with a Dining Room Chandelier

I’ve always paid attention to light fixtures, especially any kind of chandelier. I’m not really sure why. They just seem to catch my eye. Everywhere, really. But lots of times in the homes of friends and family. So it goes to reason that they’re pretty important in our home, as well.

We changed quite a few light fixtures in our last home, and I imagine we’ll do the same in this one. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an easy way to put a custom stamp on a house, and these days, there are more options than ever before!

For instance, if you are aiming to give your dining room a makeover, (like I will be doing once ours is no longer a 1-year-old twin playroom) one of the most important aspects to consider is the lighting. If you get the effect right, it really adds to the ambience of the space. Many people opt for a chandelier as a stand-out lighting feature in a dining room. Chandeliers can certainly be a great talking point, and you are not limited to just traditional versions.

You can choose from a wide variety of chandeliers for your home. Then all you need to do is look for expert electrical services, to help ensure that the chandelier you choose is expertly installed. (Or at least that’s what WE do. We are NOT DIYers when it comes to electrical stuff…we know our limits!)

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Lighting Tricks You Need in Your Home

The overhead light bulbs blew in our nursery the other day. We didn’t happen to have any replacement bulbs on hand, for a minute, I thought, oh gosh, what on earth am I gonna get accomplished in this lighting? How am I gonna change diapers in the dark?! Then I remembered that I actually have a lamp in the nursery as a part of the decor. (Mommy brain. They say you get your brain back after you have the baby. Lies, I tell you. All lies!) I turned on the lamp and it worked beautifully, of course. Perfect!

As I started to look around the room, I realized that I liked the room even MORE with the lamp light than I did with the overhead light! Funny how that happens some times, right?!

Lighting and art go hand in hand. Typically, light is used to illuminate artworks of all types, from paintings to sculptures, to even the furniture you have in your home. Light, however, can be so much more than that. Artists have begun to use light as their medium, and the results are just phenomenal. Not only does this “light art” offer a new medium for artists to express themselves but it also offers everyday people like you the chance to be more creative when lighting your home.

Whether it’s from a pendant light or from a window, light can trick the senses. It can instill a feeling. It can calm you; it can energize you, and, once the sun goes down, it can work as a function for you. Here are three ways you can use light to change your space.

Make it Appear Bigger:

Claustrophobic spaces are terrible. They close in on you, limit your space, and can even cause an increased sense of anxiety in some people. To make your room appear larger, opt for lights that light up the walls, and the corners of your room that typically get the least amount of light. Install wall scones to bring a muted, calm light that also makes the space feel bigger and more dynamic. They are perfect to make your room a sanctuary after a long day at work.

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5 Living Room Decorating Ideas That You Will Absolutely Love!

Readers, you are long due for a tour of our living room. Yes, I have almost finished the redo, but there are a few little things that I just haven’t gotten to yet, and they are holding me up! I’m hoping to get everything finalized to share with you soon! But in the meantime, when Julie Austin asked to share a post on living room decorating ideas, I thought maybe I might get even more ideas for ours! HA! And I was most certainly right! Check it out…

The living room is called the living room for a reason. It’s that part of your home where you can just sit back and enjoy comfortable hours of leisure time with your friends and family. You can watch long hours of television on a snowy day even take a nap every day for some time. 

Therefore, your living room should be a room which would display tons of comfort and an atmosphere of tranquility. Often we tend to confuse how we should go about decorating the living room with how we should not go over budget at the same time. Check out these 5 amazing ideas to decorate your living room as per your desire!

Perfect Combination of Greenery and Aquarium

Never forget to add a little tinge of green element in decorating your living room as this would give your room the perfect look that it deserves. Potted and succulent plants along with a beautiful red sea aquarium will look totally stunning and make the room standout.

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Moreover, adding a green touch to your living room will also give it a clean and fresh ambiance.

Go Contemporary

Contemporary color patterns are always fun. Home décor experts consider decorating the living room to be the best room in your home; you can get as  creative as you want!

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From wall hangings to decoration pieces; from bookshelves to furniture; you can experiment with it all.  However, you need to make sure that the overall look of your living room does not go out of proportion, as this will get awkward.

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