I will be the first to admit it, I’m a far better interior decorator in my head than in real life. Though it was one of those things that I wanted to do when I was younger (along with a million other job ideas it seems), when it all came down to it- I just couldn’t do it.
Mostly because what I wanted to decorate with was beyond my budget or outside of my realm of creativity if it was a DIY thing.
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how to budget better and my crafty side has improved… somewhat.
I’ve also found my own personal decorating style, which is a bit rustic and a bit country. I like the down to earth, home type of feel that allows me a little bit of country in the city.
One thing that I’ve learned is that by changing up the lighting in a room, I’ve found an instant decorating hack. Here are a few budget friendly lighting hacks that you can try (and my top tip for making candles last).
On the little display on my desk, here’s what I have:
- Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much wooden village screen (purchased at Collections Etc., I think)
- Scarecrow and crow figures (purchased at various craft stores)
- Teddy bear figure (purchased at a local craft show)
- Home Sweet Home candle warmer (purchased at Yankee Candle)
- Be Thankful candle (purchased at Yankee candle)
All total, I think this display turned out to be under $40. And while it may not add the lighting I need, it does add a bit of that country home feel that I enjoy.
But how can you easily change up a room by changing the lighting?
3 Simple Budget Friendly Lighting Hacks
1. Buy a lamp. They’ve been around forever but when was the last time you looked at the vast range of lamps that are available today?
The form of lamp that most people are familiar with is that old favorite the table lamp. The electric table lamp has evolved from generations of oil and gas lamp. It is versatile and portable, as far as the flex will reach!
It gives out a pool of light that is usually directed down and creates a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Lamps are available in many forms with bases that can be made from glass, stone, metal, wood and even ceramic. Shades also come in many shapes and sizes and a wide range can be found online. You don’t even have to travel to the store to get your new lamp it can be purchased online and delivered direct to your door.
2. Consider using candles. For many years candles were an expensive luxury that most people could not afford.
They relied on the light given off by their heat source, usually the fire in the hearth, or simply retired to bed at dusk when sunlight faded.
Nowadays candles are very affordable and available from many different stockists.
Try using a tall candle in an elegant candlestick to bring a touch of class to your dining room or a short broad candle to bring intimacy to the bedroom. You’ve not extracted the full pleasure from a long soak in the bath until you’ve led there in flickering candle light.
3. Buy a clip light. These are essentially a bulb attached to a giant clip. They plug in to your electric socket and can then be clipped to curtain rails or other suitable mount.
Be careful though, the wires do trail from the socket to the light and it’s easy to trip over them and pull the spotlight away from where it has been secured.
More Simple Budget Friendly Lighting Hacks to Try
Add silver or gold paper to the inside of a lamp shade. Gold paper makes the light shining from the lamp feel warmer while silver paper gives a cooler feel.
Make sure the paper you use is fire proof though as shades can get hot.
Make the most of the natural light that falls into your room. A blind at the window can help to reflect light into the room whilst a large mirror carefully positioned can greatly increase the general brightness in any area. Ensure that drapes are held well back from a window as bunched drapes hanging in front of the glass when pulled can drastically reduce the natural light entering a room.
These are fairly easy to do and won’t empty your wallet in the process.
How to Make the Most of Your Favorite Candles
Now I mentioned that I have a candle warmer- I actually purchased this almost two years ago (when it was on sale) at one of the candle stores in the mall. I don’t go in there very often because my allergies won’t allow it, but I do enjoy taking a good look when I can.
I spotted that candle warmer and just knew that it had to come home with me!
It’s perfect for my decorating style and it was on sale, so it was one of those things that I just couldn’t pass up. But, then I also had to buy a candle to go with my new candle warmer and that turned out to be the more difficult part of this shopping experience.
I tend to stick with vanilla based scents when I buy candles because it’s a mild enough smell that won’t irritate my allergies or Sweet B’s allergies.
So as I was browsing through the candles, I went to the fall selection and spotted the Be Thankful scent. The scent has since been discontinued, so I’m thankful that I still have it around.
But didn’t I just mention that this shopping trip took place two years ago?
Why yes, I did! So how do I still have the same candle after two years? Well, for starters, I’ve never actually lit this candle. All I’ve done is kept it in the candle warmer. I also don’t use this particular scent all year round, nor do I turn on my candle warmer every day.
Because it’s a seasonal scent, I bring this candle out for fall and turn on the candle warmer in the morning.
A candle warmer is an easy way to enjoy a scented candle, without having to deal with the flame. I’ve also found that the scent lasts much longer when I use my candle warmer.
So there you have it! My top tip for making candles last and budget friendly lighting hacks to decorate your home.
Do you use candles in your home? If so, what’s your favorite scent?