Every rental resident knows that sometimes The lighting in the apartment is simply not so great (and in many matters this may be an understatement). Whether you’re unhappy with the existing light fixtures in your fixture and looking for simple ways to make changes, or just need help figuring out how to make your room brighter and more inviting, we’re here to help. Here are seven professionally approved tips to change the lighting situation in your rented apartment once and for all. Get ready to say goodbye to those oh-so blah Boob lights and Hello lights that reflect your style.
1. Try this light bulb trick
If the light bulbs in your apartment make your room feel less inviting, don’t worry. Home Influencer Imani Keal, who lives in a Studio in Washington, DC, shares a useful trick. “If you’re interested in an atmospheric/cozy aesthetic, combine an unpainted brass fixture with a brown glass bulb,” she suggests. “The ‘golden glow’ is everything and warms every room.”
2. Custom Dummy, Appliques
You may have always admired the look of wall lights hanging next to a bed or in the living room-but if you’re a renter, you can’t just electrically wire a brand new piece into the wall. Although there are many Plug-in wall lights on the market, those looking for a wireless setup will want to follow this simple Puck Light Hack. Just stick your wall light to the wall, attach a washer light inside (you can buy it inexpensively at hardware stores) and call it a day. The lights can be controlled using a remote control, and their sconces appear the same way as electrically wired, no electrician needed.
3. Say goodbye to the little Taps
With your landlord’s permission, consider removing fixtures that don’t compliment your design aesthetic and hanging new ones in your place. If your apartment is full of unsightly “Boob Lights” (that is, a round recessed ceiling light) or other rooms that are simply outdated, take a look at decor websites such as Target, Amazon and Wayfair, which are full of affordable and current lighting options. Of course, you want to opt for a luminaire that is both stylish and functional. “I try to look for light fixtures that have more than one bulb to really maximize the light in a room,” says Rosanna Bassford, Designer at Eggshell Home.
Once you have chosen a piece that you like, you should of course bring a professional to make sure that the installation process goes smoothly! And just be sure to store the original devices somewhere safe that you need to hang them again before taking off.
4. You add many Lamps to add
There are a lot of stylish lamps of all shapes, sizes and colors on the market, and consider this your permission to go wild and equip your space with a lot of fun, new accessories. “I always put in all my Projects Lamps and Floor Lamps to all my Clients,” says the Designer Garrow Kedigian of Interior Design Garrow Kedigian. “Workstation lighting strategically placed around the perimeter of a room perfectly fills the pockets of light in every corner and allows a soft ambiance conducive to more welcoming and welcoming environments.”Bassford agrees. “Portable luminaires not only provide the necessary light in apartments, but they are also decorative,” she says. “There are so many styles – they can really complement your decor and style. Or the Lamp can be the statement piece in a room.”
5. mix and match lamp sizes
You should think about the types of lamps you incorporate into your room, Bassford notes.
“I like to mix a table lamp with a floor lamp or two floor lamps around the sofa. You can even put a mini Lamp on your kitchen counter, which is an unexpected touch.”And she shares an additional tip to achieve maximum effect: “add decorative mirrors to make the light bounce.”