Did anyone get the reference I was trying to make to the Spice Girls in the title? Spice up your life? Damn, my puns are bad… It’s only a few short weeks until I move into my apartment! Wahoo! I’m so excited I feel like I could scream, and I probably will when all my stuff is moved in. I’ve been loving creating more interior content for you guys. But I haven’t yet posted on lighting…
Lighting is absolutely essential to making a home feel great. If an apartment or house is dingy and dark I associate that with unwelcoming. Some people prefer it and say an apartment/house that is too bright feels clinical. But I’ve always loved spaces that are bright and filled with light. Lighting is especially important to bloggers.
I know that my fellow UK bloggers have to deal with the fact that when we leave for work, it’s dark and when we get home from work, it’s dark. On the weekends we also can’t leave our beds because it’s just too bloody cold or windy outside. So, having great, white light indoors is a lifesaver when it comes to taking blog photos in winter.
I’ve compiled some tips on how to lighten and brighten up your space that I hope you’ll find useful!
Having access to a garden that you can light up is a rarity in London. Unless you’re living in a house share or (my god) actually own a house in London then you’re most likely living in an apartment space where there is no outdoor lighting. So this may not be relevant to everyone! But if you have a balcony (like my future apartment does!) it would be great to add some outdoor lighting too. Not only does it look really stylish, if you like having a glass of wine whilst reading a book outside it can be extremely practical too. Of course, this is all when the weather starts to pick up!
Get Creative With Fairy Lights
I love fairy lights. My boyfriend thinks they’ll look childish on our apartment. Which, I have to begrudgingly agree with him about. But we’re going to compromise. I have some very cute star fairy lights from Primark that are quite bright, but give off that orange ambient light that makes a room look cosy. I’m going to buy around 3 mason jars and pop the fairy lights in them and have them sit on bookshelves. I think it will look pretty cute, and less ‘childish’ – or so I hope! Fairy Lights only cost around £2-3 and mason jars even less so. It’s a great and cheap little trick to add some cutesy lights.
Bulbs (yes, I’m talking bulbs. weird)
You know you’ve turned into full adult mode when you can hold a passionate conversation about bulbs. But they’re more key to good lighting than the actual body of a light. Switching from that ambient orange tinted light to white light bulbs in my study space has honestly made all the difference to how I work.
The space is still comfy, and absolutely mine. But it feels more like a work space, rather than somewhere I can relax and read a book. White light definitely makes me more focused and somehow lets my brain know that it needs to get something done. If it works for me, it may work for you!
Nothing sucks more than not being able to see at all your masses of clothes, right? First world problems. But, realistically why can’t we have lighting in our wardrobe when there’s a light in our fridge? I use both just as much as the other and love them both equally. It’s about time we demanded in wardrobe lighting.
Something like a strip LED light would work great inside a wardrobe and is definitely an easy DIY that can be done at home!
What do you guys do to keep your apartment light and bright? I’d love to know your tips or any Pinterest boards you manage with ideas! I hope you’re all having great weeks.
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