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.
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. As soon as I flicked the switch, my boo and I grinned. It looked great...
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
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.
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:
Jim Healy loves making lamps from junk. They're not your everyday junky lamps, mind you. To prove it, check out the spindle lamp he put together from this bundle of wooden spindles.
Besides being easy to grow, gourds have lovely, sexy shapes just aching to be turned into lamps.
Minimalistic, boxy and transparent. What is this lamp made from?
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.
These sweet woven wood pendant lamps might look spendy, but they are far from it. Bookhou made them for Poppytalk and used the following, prices included!
No, nobody shoved a light up a plant's yahoo to make this lamp. It's actually an orb with Tillandsia, aka air plants, attached to it. The plants need no soil to survive. Just light, air and a spritz of water every now and then. I'm guessing the orb is
It's not a big surprise to see chopsticks used to make obvious items like placemats, trivets, earrings, even a dress, but this was a surprise. A former city employee of the Japanese town of Koriyama collected thousands of used, disposable chopsticks from the city hall cafeteria and crafted a 4 foot long canoe.
They might not look like it now, but all of these lamp shades began their existence as plastic drinking bottles. Eco-designer Sarah Turner is the talent behind them. Thirty 500 ml are used to make Cola 30, pictured above. The Lily lamps are constructed of 2-liter drink bottles. (Sprite, to be specific.)
Georgia over at JunkMarket Style has got it going on. She found a hideous hanging light at a thrift store, started to walk away when the sacred lightbulb of creativity went on. Take a look at the way she restyled this (literal) piece of junk into this sophisticated Paris hanging lamp.
This hanging lamp from Organelle Design is made of wooden hangers. It is just one from their 'hanger' collection. I'm drawn to the wooden creations, but the plastic hanger jobs are pretty awesome as well!
Mark McKenna's teeny tiny Designer Emulation lamps emulate some very famous designer lamps, such as Phillippe Starck's Miss K. for example. Choose from five different kits, which will arrive as a flat piece that you pop apart and put together, jigsaw puzzle style.
Organic, tactile, and made from bone china, so English, the design team of Frances and Dominic Bromley have jumped into the wide world of lighting design. Their sculptural fish cylinder of light is available in six sizes. It may not be feasible to DIY these out of bone china, but how about