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 lightingand 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. Bubble Chandelier: Adding gold leaf to the inside of a lampshade is glam, but hanging little glass baubles inside too? Ultra glam. (via IKEA Hackers)

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)

5. Wire Pendant Light: Who would’ve thought a plain hanging bulb could look so cool? We love the idea of grouping three halo lights together to avoid the creepy attic vibe. (via A Beautiful Mess)

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)

8. Cage Light Sconces: Get an industrial-modern look in your bedroom with these simple black cage pendants on either side of the bed. (via Nalle’s House)

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. Concrete Pendant:Concrete might be the new metallic, and we love seeing it pop up in unusual places like a pendant light.

11. Gift-Wrapped Lamp: Can you believe that lampshade was redone using wrapping paper? Yup, neither can we. (via Brittany Makes)

12. Flower Sputnik: Add tiny white plastic cups and trim down the flowers on the IKEA Maskros light to create a stunning, modern-looking chandelier. (via Little Green Notebook)

13. 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)

14. Shades of Gold: Make a statement over a dining table or in the bedroom with a couple gold pendant lights. We love the idea of grouping several together and painting them all different colors.

15. 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.

Have you hacked any IKEA light fixtures? We’d love to see pictures and hear about your DIYs in the comments below!