Cheap Design: DIY Lighting & Color

Cheap Design: DIY Lighting & Color

Aaron Able
Oct 2, 2008

This week's Home & Garden section of The New York Times celebrates do-it-yourself design on a strict budget &mdash inspiration from college students. These are great spaces on tiny budgets that are the resuly of a blend of scavenging, creative reuse, and savvy shopping. We've broken the ten examples into three posts and this first one focuses on lighting and color...

Maxwell Tielman, (his apartment is at the top, left) a student at FIT uses intense color to transform street finds, clearance furniture and his once-white Brooklyn apartment: Anything But White.

Sarah Lupton and Carolyn McDaniel, roommates at Princeton, transformed their dorm room with color: Antidote to a Grungy Beige Dorm Room.

Tyler Velten, an architecture student at Yale, transformed his small New Haven apartment with his experiments in lighting — including the puffy chandelier (top, right) he made with plastic grocery bags:
Lighting Changes Everything.

All part of a larger story — Thinking Like a Student and a slideshow.

Images: Phil Mansfield, Sara D. Davis for The New York Times

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