10 Illuminating IKEA Lighting Hacks
Let there be light! Last week we showed you a handful of playful desk lamps and today we're here to share some of our favorite IKEA hacks for lighting. Whether you're up for making a super modern chandelier or simply want to turn a flower pot into a bedside lamp, IKEA and your local hardware store are definitely your new besties. For more IKEA DIY action, check out our recent roundup of 10 colorful furniture hacks.
1. Frack Hack: We'll kick things off with the hack that inspired this entire post! This clever DIYer has taken a $5 IKEA Frack Bathroom Mirror and turn it into a flexible bit of bedside lighting. We love the industrial aesthetic!
2. Tertial Chandelier: Why not turn a desk lamp (or 4) upside down? This hack takes classic tertial desk lamps and creates a track lighting-esque lighting scene. This does involve a bit of electrical work, so be sure to get a primer on how to rewire lamps from your local hardware store.
3. Skurar White Metal Flowerpots: Speaking of turning things upside down, don't these flowerpots just make perfect lampshades? Perhaps a floppy disk flowerpot chandelier is in the Brit & Co. future… ;)
4. Sputnik Chandelier: Definitely on the more involved side, this tutorial shows you how to turn a standard IKEA Maskros chandelier into a gorgeous sputnik chandelier using paper, paint, and small glass ramekins.
5. Full Sail Hemma Chopstick Lamp: We love this sailboat-looking pendant light. All you need is paperwood, chopsticks, rubber bands, and a hanging bulb socket. It would definitely be fun to play around with cut outs on the paperwood and maybe some paint on the chopsticks.
6. A Watering Can of Light: Another one that makes use of your garden supply closet, this is a simple way to turn a watering can into a light. It works perfectly with IKEA’s Yallo Watering Can but would also probably work well with the standard plastic ones you can find at just about any grocery, hardware, or gardening store.
8. Lampan Light Sculpture: Speaking of $5 Lampan Lamps, why not take 6, 12, or 32 and turn them into a giant light sculpture? This is both affordable and beautiful, and great for an office conference room or large studio.
9. Tradig Bowl Chandelier: That's right. This is a fruit bowl! So fun. We love the idea of doing this with colorful colanders, steamers, and salad bowls.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)