As we've often spoken about before, your home's lighting is a hugely important element to it looking good (if not the most important element). But you don't have to undergo a dramatic lighting makeover to make a visual impact; these are three small detail tweaks you can do this weekend (or when you have free time) that will make your home's lighting look much better!
1. Adjust your lampshade heights
Even buying a lamp — lampshade attached — doesn't protect you from a potential home embarrassment that is easy to spot and easy to fix: the improperly fitting lampshade. From determining whether it's the right size to whether it's sitting too high on your lamp (a common lamp mistake) this is also a good time to walk around your home and see how your lampshades are doing and whether they need repair; the heat of light bulbs tend to dry out some interior materials, and stains, dirt and dust can accumulate on shades through the year. So take a shade inventory — adjust heights if needed, clean (a vacuum with a gentle attachment will probably be your best bet) or make a note to replace if needed.
2. Get creative with your cords
Like electronics, imperfectly placed lamps can be a bummer when it comes to cords curling and swirling around your rooms. Get crafty to tape or tie lamp cords to the backs of furniture they may be near, or tuck cords underneath rugs (as long as that rug isn't in the middle of traffic flow and might create tripping hazards). Particularly ugly cords that can't be hidden could be covered with cord covers or replaced with bold colorful cords to be design elements themselves.
3. Add a dimmer
Fact: Every face, every home imperfection and every meal ever cooked looks infinitely better when softened by a well-lit, impeccably dimmed room. Adding dimmer switches to your home's installed or added lighting isn't as difficult as it sounds, and in fact could be tackled in an afternoon with a few tools and materials.
What small tweaks have you made to the lighting in your home that's made a big difference?