New Home Lighting Ideas

April 13, 2020

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When we set out to build our overall focus was to maximize our lighting from windows and to elevate our design through unique lighting options.  The designer in Jet knows that lighting has a dramatic impact on the overall look of a room. He insisted on diverse lighting layered throughout the home. We have a combination of recessed lighting, wall sconces, pendants, and hanging lights. This is how we used a combination of DIY and sourcing for our New Home Lighting Ideas.

DIY Pendant Handblown glass lights

The ceilings in our entryway are 20ft. We wanted some dramatic lighting. As anyone who is building a home understands the costs quickly add up. We did not want to sacrifice on style, so our search leads us to design our lights. See how we turned hand blown glass vases into our entryway lighting for our new home. 

  Learn more: DIY Pendant Handblown Glass Lights 

DIY Hand-Blown Glass Wall Sconces

After completing the entryway lights, we decided to modify existing hall sconces lights with the shorter hand-blown glass vases.

Learn More: DIY Handblown Glass Wall Sconces

DIY Moroccan Inspired Pendant Lights

As our confidence built in the lighting area we got even more creative.  See how we transformed these lanterns into our bedroom pendant lights.

Learn more: DIY Moroccan Inspired Pendant Lights

DIY Bike Pendant Lights:

This project was inspired by an Artist friend Pam Freday who sent us a Pinterest pin to review.  We had fun collaborating with our local bike shop to complete this project. 

Learn more: DIY Bike Pendant Lights

DIY Restore Brass Light Transformation

Don’t be afraid of brass a quick coat of paint completely transformed this light for our bathroom.  

DIY Restore Exterior Lighting Update

A new coat of exterior black paint upgrades these industrial style lights for our entryway.  We found these at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore.  We checked the electrical wiring and added an interesting light bulb. Keep your eyes open at antique fairs, local antique stores, thrift stores and estate sales.  Don’t forget to turn things upside down. 

Lighting Source Ideas:

We also searched all over for some affordable and unique lighting solutions. Some of our favorite places to find lighting ideas for your new home include:

  1. Habitat for Humanity “Restore“- You have to go in regularly, stock changes often and you need to be willing to find a diamond in the rough.
  2. One of our favorite things to do is to go to antique fairs. We were lucky enough to be invited to travel to the Round Top Antique Fair in TX. Simply incredible it happens twice a year and there are so many booths and stops that it is impossible to cover the whole show. We really like supporting artisans in the beautiful work that they do.
  3. Another fabulous sourcing option is local furniture and interior consignment shops. Our lighting finds we will highlight today comes from Right At Home in Park City UT. They have a great selection that is continually updated. The best thing about consignment shops is as the item gets older the deal becomes sweeter. You need to walk slowly through these stores looking behind and on top of things. The modern styling of the chandelier adds a warm candle light glow to our dining room table. The bonus of Park City, UT shopping is they do get custom pieces like this that come through the shop.

 4.  Don’t forget the seasonal shopping that comes into Costco usually in the Spring. We were lucky enough to find some contemporary drum lights for under $100 each that we used in our mudroom and master closet. 

 5.  Check out your local estate sales for period lighting. When you put a vintage light in a new house it will add some instant character.  Jet installed this light in my office which reminds me of my Grandma and Grandpa Craig’s house every time I see it.   

Restore” to frequent stop list for incredible deals and unique finds.

Lighting ideas for your home when remodeling or building provides a great opportunity for us to build our skills and tell some exciting stories in our home.  When we turn on our lights, they bring back fun relationship building memories.   Remember to follow us on Pinterest.   If you upgrade your lighting or have any tips to share, we would love to hear them.

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