Figuring out the lighting situation in your home can feel like a daunting task. Not only is it crucial for creating just the right mood, but its expensive nature makes it important to get right the first time around. A fun and inexpensive IKEA hack can take the pressure off finding the “perfect” piece of statement lighting and gives you the chance to play around with different colors and styles. Whether you’re intrigued by the idea of a concrete pendant light or are completely in love with all things copper, these 20 lighting hacks require minimum work and even less money, making them a great weekend project to perk up any room in the house.
1. Simple Copper Light: Plug lights are great, but if you want to fit it into the ceiling light bracket it’s actually much easier than you think. Check out this tutorial for a simple DIY on how to turn an IKEA plug light into a classy copper pendant. (via Kristi Murphy)
2. Bowl Pendant: Turn an inexpensive fruit bowl from IKEA into a chic pendant light. Once you get the hang of drilling into a dish, the options are endless for what you could make into a lamp — we’re thinking a colander, basket and the lacy IKEA flower pot all have great potential. (via A Beautiful Mess)
3. Kid’s Room Lighting: Decorating a kid’s room is the best because it allows you to go crazy with all the colors and patterns you wish you could put in your living room. If your IKEA Maskros lamp is looking a little worse for wear, give it a bright floral update with layers of tissue paper. (via Ungt Blod)
4. DIY Wall Sconce: With some spray paint and a few copper fittings, you can turn a boring old desk lamp into a very stylish bedside light that won’t take up any space on your nightstand. (via Vintage Revivals)
6. Wall Sconce Hack: If you hate the way the cord looks hanging off a wall sconce, try painting it the same color as the wall to help it blend in. Adding ribbon to the shade is also a clever way to reinforce the room’s color palette. (via Dwellings by Devore)
7. Golden Desk Lamp: When in doubt, add gold spray paint. A gold pharmacy lamp can set you back a hundred dollars or so, but the IKEA Barometer lamp and some spray paint will provide the same look at a quarter of the price. (via ABC’s of Life)
9. Lampshade Update: You don’t even have to go to IKEA for this update. If you already have a plain lamp that needs a little update or extra color, simply add some painted patterns or letters to the shade for a fun and easy DIY. (via Upcycled Treasures)
10. Copper Shades: Everyone is a little obsessed with copper right now, and for good reason. It’s a warm, inviting metallic that goes with any color palette. Dress up an IKEA Fillsta pendant lamp with some copper spray paint and no one will suspect you got your chandelier at IKEA. (via Go Haus Go)
11. Coral Pendant Lamp: Add some whimsy and personality to your room with this under-the-sea-inspired lampshade. You can hang it as a pendant or just use it as an eclectic desk lamp. (via Remodelaholic)
17. Halo Light: Pick up the lamp pieces from IKEA and an embroidery hoop from your craft store and you’ve got a really cool-looking pendant lamp on your hands. Make three and hang ’em all together over a reading nook or desk. (via Vintage Revivals)
18. Shades of Gold: Make a statement over a dining table or in the bedroom with a couple of these gold pendant lights. We love the idea of grouping several together and painting them all different colors. (via Lulu’s)
20. Neon Pendant Light: There’s nothing a little spray paint can’t perk up. If you don’t want to tackle a huge DIY project, just pick out a shade of paint and bring a pop of new color to an existing lamp or pendant shade. (via Remodelista)
Have you hacked any IKEA light fixtures? We’d love to see pictures and hear about your DIYs in the comments below!