11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Add a Cozy Glow to Your Home

11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Cozy

Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.           

11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Fill Your Home With Hygge | Use lots of candles!

Candles, Candles and More Candles

It cannot be said enough that people in the Nordic countries love lighting candles. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: Lamps in the Kitchen

created at: 02/17/2012

Last weekend my honey and I were rethinking the placement of our kitchen table. We turned it 180 degrees with one short end of its rectangular top very close to a wall. Seeing it there, I had a thought: Lamp. I ran and scrounged up a little ‘save for later’ lamp I had tucked in our guest room closet. I put in it very low-watt CFL and set the lamp in the center of the table. Continue Reading

From Goofy to Grand: 5 Easy Lamp Makeovers

 Cheapy lamp makeover. White spray paint (around $4.00) + fabric ($1.50 a yard at Walmart) = Under $6 for the total. And I am sure you can find a lovely lamp like this 70s beauty at any thrift store for cheap cheap as well. We had it at work in an old closet. lol

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I’m beholding some very goofy lamps out there all ripe for makeovers. Thank goodness for spray paint!

Tiff’s makeover, pictured above, cost less than six dollars to complete. Before it looked heavy and rather masculine. After…not so much.

We get a two-fer with Brook’s makeover. She, too, chose to paint this brass lamp white. The shade, which she had on hand, was a little to ‘blah’ for her, so she added rosettes to it. Continue Reading

Shot of Yellow Lamp Makeover

created at: 12/29/2011

Decor Chick was looking for some yellow lamps for forever. Long story short, she never found them, so she made over the lamps above to look like the lamps below.   

I bet you thought the BASE of the lamps were going to be the part that would get the once over, right? Nope. DC gave the shades a shot of Krylon–in Sun Yellow Gloss, to be specific. Now she has the yellow lamps she’s been craving!  Continue Reading

Clipped: Inspiration from around the Web

Curbly’s Clippings section is a trove of user-gathered design inspiration. Check it out if your looking for some ideas, or create an account and get started saving your own clippings! Here are some of my recent favorites:

Pendant lamps array

Wood paneling in a bathroom

Sustainable Malibu house

Pendant lamp

Patterned fabric

Want more pictures? Try browsing the clippings by tag. Try all ‘Green’ clippings

Green clippings

Or, how about everything tagged ‘Modern’:

Modern clippings

If you find something really cool, let us know in the comments!

How to Turn a Gourd into a Lamp

created at: 12/27/2010

Besides being easy to grow, gourds have lovely, sexy shapes just aching to be turned into lamps.     

created at: 12/27/2010

Martha tells us that doing so is a snap with standard lamp kits. Besides that, here’s what we’ll need to make one:

  • a gourd with a flat bottom
  • a keyhole saw
  • gravel or sand
  • glue gun and hot glue
  • a standard wooden lamp base, which she says is available at hardware stores OR a piece of wood to fit underneath the gourd to act as a base
  • felt pads

For the entire–and short–how to, follow this jump. Continue Reading

What Was Used To Make This Mod Square Minimalist Lamp?

Minimalistic, boxy and transparent. What is this lamp made from?

Ahhhh! Now you can see it.

San Francisco based Transparent House pays homage to the 80’s with its TapeLamp. 100 cassette tapes and two sheets of plexiglass–MINIMAL!. Completely handmade in San Francisco, only 2-3 are made per month. Available on Etsy for $1200.00.

Two Silver Leaf Lamp Makeovers

As far as I know nobody but nobody decorates with shiny brass anymore. That means there’s a boatload of cast-off brass lamps available for transformation. Abby saw beyond the brass, got to work with some silver leaf, and spruced up this reject to a more understated elegance. Now it coordinates with another one of her rescued lamp makeovers.

So these are the BEFORE pics.

Silver leaf, new shades and Voila’. You can see how Abby transformed the shiny brass here and how she figured out how to tone down the shiny silver leaf on the second lamp when it looked a little too much like aluminum foil. Continue Reading