When it comes to interior home design, lighting takes a center stage. The type of light fixture in a room can make a drastic difference in terms of atmosphere, mood, and function. Brighter lights are more important in rooms of constant activity like an office workspace or kitchen, whereas dimmer, more relaxed lighting work better for reading nooks, bedrooms, or bathrooms. Traditional lighting option from a local furniture store can cost a fortune. What is one to do?
Luckily, getting affordable lighting for your home is not as hard as you think. In the list below, we've compiled some easy DIY projects that help take the lighting in your home to the next level. Whether it's adding rustic charm or upgrading a lampshade, the possibilities are truly endless, but one thing is for sure, they all don't break the bank.
1. Sconce lamp from wooden crate
Lighting is a simple way to add warmth and coziness to any room. Made from a wood crate, this sconce DIY project not only adds lighting to a space, but it also adds rustic and industrial charm. Hang up the sconce in a reading nook, library, or hallway of your house. You can also use this style to light up an outdoor garden. Get the full tutorial here.
2. Lamp from PVC pipe
This DIY lamp definitely gives off an industrial vibe. Despite its complex look, this light fixture is easy to make and goes with any modern décor. For those not into modern, use the lamp as a conversation piece or art. Given this light was made from a PVC pipe, you can easily customize the base of the lamp to your liking. Get the full tutorial here.
3. Hanging lamp from doilies
There's something so beautiful about incorporating doilies into your lighting. This lamp cover was made with several different doilies, but you could also get stunning results by using one large doily. Get the full tutorial here.
4. Mason jar sconce
Mood lighting is an easy way to make your home feel cozy and warm. Consider hanging this mason jar sconce up in the bathroom. Add scented candles for that extra personal touch. Get the full tutorial here.
5. Night light from tin can
Create this adorable night light with the use of a rotary tool, paint, glitter, spray adhesive and battery-operated LED lights. Use a sanding block to ensure the sharp edges of the can are smooth. Learn how to cut the design into the can and complete the craft with this tutorial.
6. Pendant light with tin can
A pendant light can help set the mood and add some extra flair in any room. Leaving the lightbulb exposed gives this light more of a raw, industrial feel. Plus, such a light easily matches any backdrop, whether your interior design style is mid-century modern or shabby chic. Get the full tutorial here.
7. Paper plate lampshade
The curvilinear nature of paper plates makes them ideal for creating a surprisingly sophisticated lampshade. Pair that shade with a geometric base, and you have a lamp that is worthy of a design showcase. Mix and match shades with different bases until you find the combination that you love. Now, you have a lampshade that will make a statement on top of a nightstand or any side table. Get the full tutorial here.
8. Embellish a lamp with mirrors
Mirrors can add a little extra shine to a boring lampshade. This added bit of embellishment can turn an old lamp into the new statement piece. The particular design featured above would work well for a bedroom or vanity room. Get the full tutorial here.
9. Chandelier from old books/paper
Don't throw out that old book. Upcycle the old paper into a beautiful chandelier instead, like the one pictured above. For this DIY, you will need the following materials: 2 old books, quilting ruler, card stock, pencil, scissors, rope, hot glue gun, and chandelier frame. Get the full tutorial here.
10. Pretty lampshade made from a plastic bottle
Believe it or not, the lampshade above is made from a plastic bottle. The next time you have a plastic bottle, don't toss it out. Turn it into an artistic lighting masterpiece. Get the full tutorial here.