A home is not complete without lights. However, when it comes to interior design, lights are never given the credit they deserve. People instead worry about other home décor such as furniture, wall paint, wall designs, floor panels, carpets, etc. What many don’t know is that using lights to decorate your home is not only creative but elegant as well. Lights come in different colours and intensities which you can use to your advantage for enhancing the overall appearance of your home. It is the beautiful glow that light décors emit which makes them one step further than regular home decorations when it comes to interior design. Although buying light fixtures is not a good option as they can be quite expensive, there are some ways you can beautify your home for less. Here are ten creative DIY ways to light up your home.
1. Mason Jar Hanging Lights
It’s actually very simple to turn Mason jars into hanging lights. Since the center portion of the lid of most Mason jars come off easily, light bulbs and light sockets for pendant lights can be fitted into this to make a Mason jar hanging light. Make more of these lights and fit them into one sheet of wood then hang it up for a cozy glow outdoors.
2. Mirror Lights
If you’re looking for a simple yet creative way to illuminate a room, just place a bunch of candles or tea lights in front of a mirror. The mirror will reflect the light and enhance the glow in the area. This is especially effective for use in mantels for a beautiful cost-efficient décor that can light up the entire room.
3. String Lights Canopy
For a cozy glow in your room, drape some string lights on top of your bed to form a string light canopy. This will even mimic a bright, starry effect for an even cozier night—perfect for those who are fond of reading before going to bed.
4. Mirror Light Outline
Wrap some string lights around interestingly shaped mirrors or around your vanity mirror to add some extra light effects on your home. This will even make it easier for you to see your own reflection whenever you use the mirror.
5. Plastic Cup String Lights
For a really creative glow, use some decorated plastic cups to make traditional string lights look even better. Alternatively, you can decorate a bunch of plastic cups yourself. Just cut out a hole at the bottom of the cups then fit the bulb of the string lights into the hole. Make sure your plastic cup is thin enough to allow sufficient light to pass through.
6. String Light Spotlight
If you have photos or pieces of art framed up on your wall, you can use string lights as a makeshift spotlight. Remove some of the bulbs from the string light then position it in such a way that the remaining bulbs would illuminate the pieces of art.
7. Paper lanterns
It’s quite easy to make a spherical paper lantern which you can then use to hang around a pendant light for a paper lantern that glows using electricity, not fire. You can decorate your paper lantern any way you prefer so it matches the general theme of your room.
8. Photo Light Display
Use some small clips to clip photos onto string lights to make an illuminated photo display. This way, you can display your photos in a more creative way than the traditional photo frames.
9. Wine Bottle Light
Fill any old, empty wine bottle with some string lights for a muted, cozy glow. Wine bottle lights are best used as a centrepiece for the mantel and it looks better if you make more than one then place them side by side.
10. Cloud light
You can use cotton batting to make a beautiful cloud-like light. The trick is to use flameless candles that don’t generate much heat to keep the cotton from catching fire.