Ask a Designer: How Can I Make My Rental Brighter With out Putting in Mild Fixtures?

Ali Topan

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“Concrete ceiling = no lighting fixtures = feeling like I reside in a cave. It’s a rental. Recommendation, please?”

We requested DC designer Byron Risdon of Byron Risdon LLC for his recommendation:

“There are literally a pair methods to handle this, and all are rental-friendly and cost-effective. All of those options rely upon the format of your house and outlet places. Personally, my go-to resolution for this drawback could be a mixture of high- and low-level plug-in choices. I’d additionally counsel utilizing good plugs and bulbs so you’ll be able to function the lights from an app as an alternative of counting on a twine or a change.

“First, contemplate plug-in ceiling and wall lights. You should buy a package from Room & Board that can flip any pendant fixture right into a plug-in. Relying on the dimensions of the pendant, it may go over an island or eating desk or be used as a middle gentle in a bed room. Moreover, there are additionally plug-in monitor choices from sources like Lamps Plus that could possibly be utilized in a hallway, exterior of a closet, or to gentle an space like a workspace. One of the vital used plug-in choices is sconces. These can help you go barely greater than a desk lamp, and could possibly be used as bedside lighting or flank a mirror in a hallway or above a hearth. West Elm makes an outsized sconce that extends, so it may well go in a nook or fringe of a room but additionally attain out to your required location. For set up, you would use an epoxy to connect the bottom to the wall or ceiling, however I’d go for concrete screws. This may require skilled set up or the right instruments, however the gap is minimal and the uninstall will probably be a lot simpler.

“Second: attempt a mixture of low-level lighting. For instance, you would have a stability of desk and flooring lamps all through the house. Since you have got a cement ceiling, I’m going to guess you’re in a extra fashionable house—an arched flooring lamp could be an excellent resolution. It seems sculptural and gives some overhead lighting, as properly. You might pair this along with your plug-in wall choices, like sconces and film lights. This may forged gentle from completely different angles, providing you with the general impact it is advisable to loosen up the house.”

Ask a Designer: How Can I Make My Rental Brighter With out Putting in Mild Fixtures?

House & Options Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Put up, Backyard & Gun, Outdoors Journal, Washington Metropolis Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Initially from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.

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