Ask a Designer: How Can I Make My Rental Brighter With out Putting in Gentle Fixtures?

Ask a Designer: How Can I Make My Rental Brighter With out Putting in Gentle Fixtures?

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“Concrete ceiling = no lighting fixtures = feeling like I stay in a cave. It’s a rental. Recommendation, please?”

We requested DC designer Byron Risdon of Byron Risdon LLC for his recommendation:

“There are literally a pair methods to handle this, and all are rental-friendly and cost-effective. All of those options rely on the format of your house and outlet areas. Personally, my go-to answer for this drawback could be a mixture of high- and low-level plug-in choices. I might additionally counsel utilizing sensible plugs and bulbs so you may function the lights from an app as a substitute of counting on a twine or a swap.

“First, contemplate plug-in ceiling and wall lights. You should buy a package from Room & Board that can flip any pendant fixture right into a plug-in. Relying on the dimensions of the pendant, it may go over an island or eating desk or be used as a middle mild in a bed room. Moreover, there are additionally plug-in observe choices from sources like Lamps Plus that may very well be utilized in a hallway, outdoors of a closet, or to mild an space like a workspace. One of the crucial used plug-in choices is sconces. These permit you to go barely greater than a desk lamp, and may very well be used as bedside lighting or flank a mirror in a hallway or above a hearth. West Elm makes an outsized sconce that extends, so it may go in a nook or fringe of a room but additionally attain out to your required location. For set up, you possibly can use an epoxy to connect the bottom to the wall or ceiling, however I might go for concrete screws. It will require skilled set up or the correct instruments, however the gap is minimal and the uninstall can be a lot simpler.

“Second: attempt a mixture of low-level lighting. For instance, you possibly can have a steadiness of desk and flooring lamps all through the house. Since you have got a cement ceiling, I’m going to guess you’re in a extra fashionable house—an arched flooring lamp is likely to be an amazing answer. It appears to be like sculptural and offers some overhead lighting, as properly. You could possibly pair this together with your plug-in wall choices, like sconces and movie lights. This could solid mild from completely different angles, supplying you with the general impact it is advisable to loosen up the house.”

Ask a Designer: How Can I Make My Rental Brighter With out Putting in Gentle Fixtures?

Dwelling & Options Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Put up, Backyard & Gun, Outdoors Journal, Washington Metropolis Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Initially from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.