All the Tips, Tricks, and Secrets You Need to Make Your House Shine on a Dime
If it’s been a while since you redecorated, your current home decor probably isn’t speaking to you anymore. When you’re short on time, updating the lighting is one of the fastest ways to make your home look, well, brighter. But, when you’re on a budget, replacing everything in the house just isn’t the right call. The good news is – you don’t have to! Here’s a few easy, creative, and budget-friendly ways to make your home feel bigger and brighter… without breaking the bank.
1. Swap Your Light Bulbs
Many people blame an old fixture for their lighting woes, when really it’s the bulbs to blame. Try swapping out your old bulbs with a fresh set of brighter LED bulbs!
While LED lights may cost more upfront, they use at least 75% less energy – which means they can give off more light and use less power. They also last up to 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs, so they’ll last for years before they need to be replaced.
2. Do it Yourself
The cost of lighting installation can eat away at your budget quickly, but it can reduced if you’re willing to do a little research and put in some work. Installing lighting yourself can give you some extra cash to get lights you love.
Before tearing out any fixtures, educate yourself on the proper safety precautions! If you’re unsure about doing it yourself, don’t forget to budget for the professional help you’ll want!
3. New Shades, New Me
If your light fixture comes with shades – whether they’re glass, fabric, or metal – you might be in luck! Did you know you can replace the shades or globes on most fixtures that have them? A new set of shades is WAY cheaper than buying an entirely new light fixture, and it will make just about any fixture feel brand new again! With a like-new fixture, your space will match your style, leaving you (and your wallet) feeling happier.
4. Refinish Your Fixture
Another alternative solution to buying a new light is changing the finish of your existing fixture. With a little rub n’ buff and a handy youtube tutorial, your light will look totally different! This may need some touching up down the road, but when you need a quick fix to get you by until you can invest in a higher-quality fixture, a little DIY magic can help stretch your money. A little finish can take your fixture from outdated to updated while keeping your budget happy.
5. Mirror, Mirror
In our opinion, quality lighting makes the biggest difference in a home, but adding mirrors can also increase light–if they’re well-placed. Hanging a mirror near a light or window can help reflect light, making the space look brighter and bigger. That reflected light can go a long way in lighting up a dim room!
6. Focal Point Focus
Another way to make your space look upscale is picking a more expensive light to be a focal point, while adding other less spendy lights to light up the room. The eye will be drawn to the focal point and won’t notice anything else! To start, install a chandelier to draw attention away from any existing recessed lights. Throw in a floor lamp where you need some extra lighting and–voilà! Your eye will be drawn to the chandelier, but the room will still be beautifully lit.
7. Add Lamps, Lamps, and more Lamps!
When in doubt, add a lamp! They’re cheaper, require little to no installation, and are a great design piece. Tabletop lamps make great decor for your tablescape and can light up a workspace. Floor lamps create a homey conversation area in a living room. Lamps are a super versatile, budget-friendly option to give just the touch of light you need.
We know that when you’re on a budget, every penny you spend matters! To be sure you’re spending all of them wisely, give us a call! We’ll match you with the best lighting solution for your budget and save you money so that you can get lights you love.