If you want to brighten up your home in a cheap, fast, and simple way, but you don’t want to deal with the various dangers of candles, I have two words for you: string lights (or fairy lights, if you prefer).
And, you know, other lights, but I’m a sucker for the ones on strings.
Of course, that’s not to say you can’t mix candles AND lights. Go wild! I treat light in my house the way I treat scent: it has to be just right for me, and if I have multiple lights in a room they must work together and compliment each other. Light creates mood and becomes part of the decor. I’ve always been attentive to lighting and how it makes a room look, not just the decorative sort but lamps and constant light sources as well. Light greatly affects my mood and how I ‘perceive’ a room. I’ve been like this since childhood. It’s one of my weird psychological quirks (and boy do I have a list of those).
The great news is that both decorative and practical lighting can be cheap. String lights are inexpensive and easy to use. Battery operated lights can be just as beautiful as electric ones. There’s lots of lamps out there too, and they don’t have to break the bank. Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive, elaborate, or expertly installed to be enjoyed.
Of course there are electricity costs involved sometimes, but string and rope lights don’t use that much energy. Lamps can be turned off. Lighting can be used only for special occasions, if you prefer. Lower wattage bulbs can be used. Solar lights are a great alternative. The packaging on most lights will let you know their energy consumption. But overall,, even with a house full of lights I don’t have a huge electric bill.
I have all sorts of lights on my balcony, but I’m not going to show them off in this post since I already covered those in my outdoor post. Most of them are battery or solar powered. Outdoor lighting is a great subject in and of itself, but since I don’t have a huge outdoor space I won’t go much into it. You can check out this great blog for outdoor lighting tips and ideas.
My house is never dark, even at night. It saves me having to flip switches if I get up in the middle of the night, or it’s too early in the evening to have all the lights on.
Lighting creates ambiance, which is like finishing a picture by painting a pretty gloss over it. It enhances the beauty that you’ve created in your space and highlights it. And, if you’re decorating cheap, it makes things look a little classier. Don’t tell your secrets. Let the light do the work!
I will admit I do have some expensive lighting, though that doesn’t vibe with the theme of this blog. I smart homed my apartment, and I use Philips Hue Smart Lights in my living room and bedroom lamps. They’re controlled by Amazon Echo and connect to WiFi. The ones in the living room are multicolored and I can create all sorts of moods and scenes with them, which I really enjoy. These lights are definitely not cheap, but sometimes I like to splurge.
Here’s a cheap tip: if you like string lights, go to the stores right after Christmas when they mark down the leftover decorations, and buy them up on clearance. Stock up, so when a string burns out, you have a backup to replace it.
Make your home shine–it’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and it’s fun!
Items Featured In Pictures
All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.
- Blue/pink comma-shaped wall art – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$15 set
- White string lights – Dollar General ~$5
- Rope light – Amazon ~$28
- Blue swirly solar light – Dollar General ~$1
- Pink solar light bulb – Dollar General ~$1
- Tin heart cup (holding the bulb) – Dollar General ~$1 (it was a Valentine’s decoration)
- Butterfly string lights (solar powered but I put a battery in them) – Marc’s ~$5
- Bird wall art – Marc’s ~$8
- Moon light (battery powered) – Five Below ~$5
- Ocean wave projector – Amazon ~$20
- Pineapple string lights – Marc’s ~$5
- I will go more in depth about the windchimes and lamps in future posts!