One of the easiest ways to update the look of a room is by changing out the lighting, and as we start moving toward shorter days and longer nights, it can have a huge impact on the way you feel in a room. We’ve rounded up our favorite lighting DIYs plus some fantastic Before & Afters to get you inspired to make a lighting change. And if you’ve never played with lighting, it’s easier than it looks! –Amy
More Technical How-Tos:
-How to rewire a lamp: rewiring a lamp is simple with a lamp kit, but here’s a good step-by-step if you need more of a breakdown.
–A guide to changing out your ceiling fixture. (And just a few things to keep in mind, if you’re putting new fancy lighting in the bathroom.)
-Looking for some lighting options that don’t involve flexing your DIY muscle? Check out 10 Best Table Lamps and 5 Pendant Lamps that Always Work
Image above: Give an IKEA lamp a handmade look with a simple DIY knotted lamp cord.
Image above: All you need is wax paper, ribbon and a hanging-planter basket and you have a capiz-shell chandelier from Brenna’s paper capiz-shell chandelier project.
Image above: Update track pendant lighting with custom feather lampshades.
Image above: Pendant lights are easy and versatile. This project is the perfect way to add lighting to even the darkest corner. Get all the project details here.
Image above: This marquee letter light is made out of paper and string lights.
Image above: You could scour flea markets for a vintage version or just DIY your own cork lamp.
Image above: Turn a birdcage into a light. Complete with tiny little birds. See all the details here.
Image above: This little ambient lamp channels the look of a sea sponge and is made entirely of tape!
Image above: An easy way to create a new pendant light – oversized IKEA lamp shade + IKEA pendant light + silver leaf!
Image above: The secret to this sculptural light is muffin wrappers (sans muffins)!
Image above: The new fixture is a key component to this dining room transformation. See images of the full transformation here.
Image above: Updated lighting is the perfect modern detail in this breathtaking dining room transformation that took place a mere four weeks after moving into a 1800 farmhouse. Get all the details here.
Image above: A run-of-the-mill kitchen gets a complete makeover with new lighting in just three short weeks. Get all details here.
Image above: The oversized lighting that pops in this dining room was created by a design team in Toronto. See all the details here.