How To Lift Your Lighting to the Next Level

How To Lift Your Lighting to the Next Level

Janel Laban
Mar 5, 2015
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During the month of March, we're gathering some of our best problem solvers together into master "Home Remedies" posts to help you make your home healthier, solving one problem at a time. Today, we're here to help you take the lighting in your home to the next level. This first aid kit is filled with ideas that will boost both the look and feel of any room that needs it. Get your glow on!

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So you've decided to re-haul the lighting in your home. You know that the right lighting can make a space feel bigger, cleaner, and more welcoming, and you're totally on board. But where to start? Before you run out to the store or call the electrician, you need to evaluate your home's current lighting. Here's how.

→How To Evaluate the Lighting in Your Home

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Lighting a room correctly can do wonders for the space, but what if you don't know where to start? We definitely need all the lighting advice we can get in the dreary, dark winter, so I jumped at the chance to ask local Seattle lighting expert Lara Proctor some questions...

Expert Advice: Professional Tips for Lighting Your Home

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There's not a lot you can do to increase the amount of sunlight coming into your home — unless you're planning on a major remodel. But if you're low on natural light, there are a handful of small things you can do to be sure you're using it to your advantage.

→5 Ways To Maximize Existing Natural Light in Your Home

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DIY lighting projects— once you get the basics down, an entire world of lamps, sconces and pendants open up to you. Here's everything you need to make this industrial-style swing arm wall sconce. A pair would look really nice on either side of your bed, wouldn't it?

→DIY Lighting Project: How To Make a Swing Arm Wall Sconce

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With the hundreds of lighting choices out there it can be difficult enough to decide if a minimal, modern wall lamp or a quirky, bright pendant best suits your space. Factor in the sometimes sky-high cost and the decision borders on impossible! Here's a roundup of DIY lighting projects under $50 to help ease the financial aspect of this difficult choice

→Amazing DIY Lighting: 10 Projects Under $50

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Many people probably associate strings of lights with the holidays, which makes sense. But a simple string of white lights can be such a great whimsical, playful, modern or simple home decor accessory any time of year. And as a bonus it's a great source of light — imagine that.

→Decorating with Light: 10 Pretty Ways Use String Lights

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