Design Dilemma: Lack of light
Hey there! I thought I would share a small update I did in our master bedroom. We struggle with lighting in this room, especially in the winter. Our design dilemma in this room is lighting! There is no recessed lighting and the chandelier in the ceiling is for decor only. There is no electrical running to it! Everyone is usually surprised by that! You can imagine how dark this room gets at night or in the winter with limited natural light. We have one large lamp on our dresser but for a long time, that was the only light source. I knew I wanted to have bedside lighting but I preferred having wall lighting versus table lamps because of the space we need on our bedside tables which unfortunately gets piled up with junk more often than it should!
When I first found my large shutters that were beside the bed previously, I also found these smaller shutters but didn't know what to do with them for a while. I removed the large shutters for a few reasons. 1. I love change! (who doesn't?) 2. I wanted to work in wall lamps and I was not able to thread the electrical cords through the old ones. 3. They felt a little too tall for this space. So I decided to break apart these two shutters that were screwed together with hinges and try these out. I do love that I am able to thread through cords but I also feel like they could be a little taller. But I'm going to work with what I have!
The lights I chose are from Ikea and they are called the RANARP wall/clamp spotlights. The great thing about these lights is that they do not go into the wall (the lights do come with an optional wall attachment). They have a large, strong clamp that can fit most edges and the light can rotate based on your needs. I threaded the cute black and white cords through the shutters to the outlets down below.
The bulbs (purchased at Ikea) are soft and perfect for night. They bring in just the right amount of light. The best part is that these little DIY light fixtures are completely mobile and easy to take apart and change if I decide to change it up again. I think this would be an easy and cost efficient solution for people living in apartments or rentals with limited lighting and no ability to renovate. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!
If you have more questions, please let me know! I'd love to hear from you!