Unconventional Lighting Ideas

Have you simply fallen out of love with your d├ęcor? Perhaps you are looking around and you love your furnishings, colors, patterns, art, etc., but something just feels “off” about the space. Well, there is a very good chance that it could simply be your lighting. Do you still have boring traditional ceiling lights or ceiling fans with lights, even though you never turn the fans on? Lighting plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of a space. A few small lighting changes may be all that is needed to give your home a quick facelift.

Track Lighting – The cool thing about track lighting is you can direct it where you want it. So, if you have an interesting sculpture on a corner shelf that gets lost in the darkness, or if you want your Southwestern plates displayed above your cupboards to be the center of attention, direct your track lighting at the elements you want illuminated.

Indoor Fountains – Sometimes, all a room needs is a little mood lighting. For example, if you are watching a movie, you don’t necessarily want the lamp on right next to you, but a soft glow in the room would be nice. Indoor fountains serve this purpose perfectly. May have LEDs that highlight the water. This also makes them ideal for the wall at the end of a dark hallway, or to serve as a nightlight in a child’s rom. Many stores like Indoor Fountain Pros offer water fountains online.

Sconces – Wall sconces can go pretty much anywhere. They create an intriguing look when installed on either side of a headboard of sofa. They are also great for long hallways, but be sure they are mounted high enough where someone is not going to walk right into one when the lights are out.

Recessed Lighting – Although recessed lighting is great in the ceiling, its best used in unexpected places, like under the kitchen cabinets or built right into the art niches in your wall.

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Lamps – One of the most practical lighting options is a lamp. There are a lot of unique ones that definitely double as art when they are not turned on, but you can also buy a very simple one, and just change the lampshade now-and-then for an entirely different look.

Pendant Lighting – If you haven’t actually shopped for pendant lighting in the past couple years, you may find yourself pretty overwhelmed and delighted by the selection. Designers have truly gotten creative with this option. Always make sure pendant lights are not hung so low that the average person is going to hit their head.