When thinking about easy ways to update a space without major expense, one of the first things that comes to my mind is updating the light fixtures. In spaces where ceiling lighting is essential such as entryways, bedrooms, kitchens and hallways, or bathrooms -updated fixtures are an easy re-design solution. Whether your home is older with dated fixtures or newer with builder grade fixtures – changing out to new lighting is one way that can help change the look and feel of a space without having to completely overhaul it.
Updating light fixtures can also be done very affordably. There are hundreds (and hundreds of thousands) of different light fixtures available at a wide range of price points. While some light fixtures can run you well into 4 figures each (um, no thanks), typically you can find great plenty of options for just a few hundred dollars. So you really don’t have to break the bank to get something great.
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I do have go into a little side note on this topic, however. One of my favorite design bloggers (who will remain unnamed) mentioned recently in a post of her own to avoid putting inexpensive light fixtures in your home. Her perspective was that she felt cheap fixtures showed their quality (or lack there of I guess) and could make the space feel ‘cheap‘ as well. However, I’m going to have to beg to differ with her on this one. Even though I love her style, her work, and most of her design advice, I don’t necessarily think this is always the case. Sure, there are a lot of things that are made today that are not the best quality, but generally I think we all have a keen enough eye to recognize when this is the case and to either not purchase the item in the first place, or return it. Again, there are thousands of lighting fixtures to choose from out there (thank you, interweb), so there is bound to be something that is made well, looks nice, and is affordable too.
Personally, I think what ‘cheapens’ a space more than a low cost item, is using something that is not of the right style and/or scale. In this case specifically, a light fixture that’s too small for a space or doesn’t mesh well into the decor of the room can draw attention to the eye and make the space feel ‘off.’ Choosing a fixture with the right style for a space is obviously a very personal decision that involves a lot of factors, including the current style of your space and what you are looking to accomplish with it. Luckily, scale is something that can easily be factored. I like these fun and easy calculators from Lightology that help you determine the proper scale of light fixture for your room and indicate how low it should be hung as well (even if over a table). Click on the photos to follow the links for the ceiling mounted fixture calculator or the chandelier calculator – or to check out their other cool tools and products.
So, after that deep digression into personal thoughts, let’s get back to the root of the matter. Updating your home with affordable lighting allows you the ability to make beautiful changes, and yet not have to be married to them for life. My style seems to be ever evolving, so I like the idea of having some things in my home that are affordable to change out regularly. Let’s face it, other decor items, such as a dining table or a custom sofa, are not cheap to buy no matter how you slice it – and you’re not likely going to be changing out on a regular basis. Updating with affordable lighting allows for some instant gratification to change the style of a space, even when funding for a complete room makeover is not there.
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So to assist in the quest for adorable, affordable light fixtures – I’ve rounded up a few options in some current trending styles that are all $300 or less each. Of course this roundup is by no means a comprehensive list of options for these styles at this price point (the options really go on for days), but it definitely shows how you can attain an attractive style on a shoestring decor budget.
You can shop all these great, inexpensive fixtures below in the ‘Shop the Look’ slider, or head out and search for something new and cool. Either way, make sure it’s the right style and scale, for your space – and most importantly, be sure to do something nice for yourself with all that cash you’ll save.
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