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DIY – Instant Table Lights: Wine Glass Lamp Shades

Here is a quick, simple and inexpensive DIY lighting idea, one that would be ideal for a wedding or garden party. Simply place a wine glass lamp shade over a wine glass with a tealight candle, or battery powered candle, and you’ll have instant elegant table top lights and centerpiece accessories. Images from Everyday Celebrating and you can buy the wine glass lamp shades at Save On Crafts.

Wine Glass Lights

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Simple and Easy To Do Bathroom Mood Lighting Ideas

Bathroom Mood Lighting Ideas
The key to creating mood lighting in the bathroom is to keep the lighting at a low level. One way to do this is to have a dimmer switch for your ceiling lights, or to turn them off completely and use some of these bathroom mood lighting ideas.

Modern Home Spa Lights

Home bath spa lights

These are little, battery powered LED lights that can be stuck to the wall, the side of the bath or can float around in the bath. They provide a soft glow, which is ideal for creating mood lighting in the bathroom. You can also get battery powered candles.

Good Old Candles

Bathroom Mood Lighting


The great thing about the LED spa lights is that they do not leave any messy wax and are not a fire hazard. But nothing beats the real flickering flame of a candle, and scented candles add the element of aroma therapy to the bathroom. One way to reduce the fire hazard of candles is to fill a vase with water and use floating candles.

Another Modern Invention: Rope Lights

Rope lights are LED lights that are fitted inside of a flexible plastic tube. These can be fitted along the bottom of bathroom cabinets, along the bottom of a wall or anywhere else really. These rope lights can come in a range of colors, or even change colors.

A Mood Changing Light Bulb
Though you generally want to avoid having ceiling lighting when creating mood lighting, here is one idea that is somewhat of an exception. You can buy these LED light bulbs that fit into normal light sockets (in the ceiling or a normal lamp). They are remote controlled and can change color. So you can fit one of these into the ceiling and control the color of it by remote. How cool is that! Find them here.

If you are looking for more lighting ideas have a look at these posts: romantic lighting ideas & mood lighting ideas.

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L&L Design Guide: Home Mood Lighting Ideas

Light has a powerful effect on people – bright areas can energize the mind while dim lights can be cozy and romantic. Cool colored lights (blue and purple) are calm and relaxing, while warm lights (orange and yellow) invigorate. Instead of spending a lot of money on paint and furniture to transform a space, try the following home mood lighting ideas.

mood lighting ideas

Create a relaxing space by avoiding overhead lighting. Instead, use table or floor lamps to illuminate a room. You can use light to focus attention on relaxing spaces. For example, a backlit headboard emphasizes rest by highlighting the bed. In a similar fashion, placing two table lamps or sconces on either side of a bed frame accent the room’s purpose. For a dramatic and tranquil effect, back-light nightstands using recessed colored lighting. Blue or cool colored lights can create accent walls without painting or wallpaper. Lighting can promote a relaxing atmosphere in a bedroom. However, mood lighting ideas can be used in other areas of the home as well.

For pictures and romantic ideas head on over to this post: L&L Guide on Romantic Lighting Ideas: From the Bedroom to the Outdoors

    • Highlighting sculptural elements or indoor plants creates an intriguing play of light and shadows in a romantic space. Low light in combination with graphic shadows, evoke elements of mystery and intimacy.
    • Paper lanterns serve a dual purpose, functioning as both a light source and sculptural focal point.

For a similar effect in a living room, use lights to draw attention to bookshelves or paintings. Light fixtures designed to hang over a picture can be used to light a room and highlight artistic focal points. Combining low lights with dramatic focal points creates a tranquil and relaxing living area. The calm mood is perfect for reading, enjoying drinks, or soft conversation.

Bathroom Mood Lighting

The bathroom is a great place to use romantic mood lighting. Candles are one way to create a romantic atmosphere.  Candles can be used to line the lip of a bath tub or a bathroom vanity. Alternatively, led candles or free-standing lights create an intimate atmosphere as well as actual flame.

Going Outdoors

Mood lighting is not only for indoor spaces. Porches, decks and patios can also benefit from a few well place mood lighting ideas. For example, lighting bright tiki torches at each corner of a patio can add drama and excitement to an outdoor space. String-lights can create a magical atmosphere over an outdoor deck or eating area.

Remember, lighting has a powerful effect on the human mind. Mood lighting ideas can transform a space for little or no extra coast.  Demonstrate originality and style by using spotlights to highlight art, plants or other focal points. Backlighting specific elements in a room can emphasize the room’s purpose while adding interest and drama to an otherwise blank wall. A few well place light fixtures can add drama or tranquility to a space.

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L&L Guide on Romantic Lighting Ideas: From the Bedroom to the Outdoors

Nothing creates romance faster than being together in candle light. Or maybe you are looking for romantic lighting ideas to create yourself a relaxing and comfortable home. Either way, every space within the house can be turned into a romantic area, from the bedroom, bathroom, to the dining area and living room. Here are a few romantic lighting ideas (including using candles) that you can do around the home, indoors and outdoors.

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    • The key to romantic and intimate lighting is to have dim lights, avoid lighting the ceiling, and have light as close to the floor as possible. So instead of using ceiling lights, use floor lamps for example.
    • Low lighting makes a space more comfortable. Your vision is impaired (so your pupils dilate making everything around more attractive), and your other senses are heightened too…ooo lala.
    • Privacy: Don’t forget the importance of privacy. Blinds and curtains can block out outside light and noise filtering into the house and helps create a secluded and intimate setting.

Living Room Lighting Ideas

The key with the living room, the space that will be used most often in the house, is to use a number of different light fixtures to create different lighting effects. If you use just table lamps all around the room this will look weird, and create a monotone/dull look. Instead mix it up: media cabinet lights along with behind the couch lighting, and lamps on both sides of the TV will create a well balanced space.

Some ideas include:

    • Floor lamps besides the coach for easy access
    • Behind the couch lighting
    • Behind the TV lighting
    • Small lamps on both sides of the TV
    • Floor lighting
    • A coffee table centerpiece: this can be in the form of candle light, flameless candles, or LED lights – which we go over in the centerpiece section below.
living room lighting

Lights behind the seats add a nice touch to the room

TV back lighting

TV back lighting created by using an IKEA DIODER 4 piece light strip set

Romantic Bedroom Lighting Ideas

As always you want to have dim lights that stay away from lighting the ceiling. You always want localized lighting, focused on specific areas in the bedroom, like around the bed. Ideal romantic bedroom lighting ideas include:

    • Installing lights behind the headboard of the bed
    • Side table lamps
    • More ideas can be found in the decorative floor lamps, cove lighting, and mood lights sections below
romantic bedroom lighting

Lights fitted to the back of the headboard

bedroom lights

LED lights embedded in the headboard

The Bathroom

Candles are always a popular option for romantic bathroom lighting. An alternative would be ‘spa lights’. These are small battery powered lights that can be sprawled out around the bathroom, or attached to the side of the bathtub. Or they can even float around in the bath – however you choose to use them, they will create a warm and soft glow in the bathroom.

romantic bathroom lighting

Spa lights

To find out where you can buy these spa lights, have a look at our post here: LED Spa Lights: Creating The Spa Experience In Your Bathroom.

Kitchen / Dining Room Lighting Ideas

If you want to create intimate and romantic dinners then have a look into the lighting within and around the dining area. A good way of lighting this area is to have a focused light above the dining table. This way, you can dim or turn off the lights in the kitchen, living room, and have an intimate dinner setting.

You can do this by using pendant lighting, like a drum light hanging low down from the ceiling right above the dining table. How about a low hanging mini chandelier? There are also centerpiece ideas that you could place on the dinner table that uses some sort of light.

kitchen lighting

Low level lighting in a kitchen

Centerpieces

Light based centerpieces can be used on a dining table, a coffee table in the living room, or the side tables in the bedroom.

For a range of romantic centerpiece ideas, everything from using floating candles, wrought iron lanterns to floating LED lights, have a look at these posts from our wedding section:

Enchanting Wedding Candle Centerpieces – Ideas Collection

Ideas for Romantic LED and Candle Beach Wedding Centerpieces

Decorative Floor Lamps

lighted twigs

Lighted twigs

Floor lamps can also be used to create intimate lighting in any room. These can be the standard floor lamps you see everywhere, or there are more decorative and romantic lamps to consider. One of these decorative lamps is the lighted twig. There are modern versions that can be store bought, or you can make your own at home. Grab a few tree branches, plant them into a pot of soil or sand, and then wrap string lights around them. You can even paint the branches a color to suit your décor style, like the white ones in the picture below.

You can make use of shadows in creating a romantic setting by using floor lamps and house plants. Place an uplight besides a house plant (these can be hidden behind couches, etc.) and the plant will cast shadows adding some depth to the room.

Cove Lighting
The main rule in creating romantic lighting is to avoid lighting the ceiling. This rule can be broken with cove lighting. This is a form of indirect lighting where a false ceiling is installed. Lights are hidden away in the false ceiling and bounce light off of the ceiling and into the room. Have a look here for more cove lighting ideas and pictures.

cove lighting

Cove lighting

The Magic of Dimmer Switches

Dimmers are great fixtures to install because they allow you to have absolute control of the lighting in a room. A room can be used for reading, or other tasks, and then with the dimmer you can instantly create a romantic setting by dimming the lights. This can be used in all rooms. There are even remote controls that will dim the lights for you so you don’t have to get up.

Candle Light

Nothing beats candles in creating a romantic setting. If you are worried about it being a fire hazard then look into candle lanterns which shields the candle’s flame, or use floating candles  that are surrounded by water.

candle lanterns

Candle lanterns being used on the dining table and in the bedroom

An alternative would be to use LED flameless candles. There is no fire hazard, no messy wax to clean up after, and you can control a number of them with a remote control. Some will even flicker to mimic the real thing, have wax bases, and some are even scented. [affil link]

Mood Lights

The JellyFish is a modern home mood light. It looks like a mixture of a jelly fish and an iPad! It uses LED lights which means it can change into thousands and thousands of different colors. There are different light settings from setting it to your favorite color, or it can fade to different colors. With the touch pad which uses gestures to control it (just like the iPad) you can also control the level of brightness, the saturation and the speed that the colors change. It’s an all in one, stylish mood lamp.

Other modern and romantic mood lamp options include the Philips LivingColors or Cielux Lune.

mood lights

    • An alternative to using mood lamps is to change the color of your lamp shades. Changing them to a deep color like purple or red, will create a soft glow of that color in the room.

DIY Ideas

Romantic lighting does not have to be expensive or complicated. Here are two simple and romantic DIY lighting ideas.

Paper Lanterns: these are inexpensive and are lightweight which is why you’ll see so many people using them in their DIY projects.

paper lanterns

Have a look at our posts here to see what other people have gotten up to with paper lanterns:

It’s so FLUFFY! DIY Coffee Filter Lantern

A Simple DIY Idea: The Vintage Map Paper Lantern

DIY Paper Fortune Teller Lights

Paper Punch + Paper Lantern = Flower Light

String lights can look a little bit tacky on their own inside a home. So why not use LED string lights (as they give off less heat) and wrap them in drapes. The drapes diffuse the light, creating a softer glow. The drapes also break up a room creating more intimate spaces. The same can be done with canopies in the bedroom.

Romantic Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Areas

An outdoor space can be one of the most romantic areas at home.

String lights always create a whimsical and enchanting outdoor setting. They can be wrapped around railings, beams, or trees. They can be hung overhead from the wall of the house to a pole or arch creating a starry night effect.

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String lights hanging from a tree lighting a path

L&L LOOK BOOK: Beautiful Uses Of Outdoor String Lights [Lighting Ideas Photo Gallery]

The soft glow of a fire creates a romantic backdrop. Candles are a go to choice. There are also tiki torches, fire pits, tabletop fire bowls, oil lanterns or how about the modern fire glass pits. Also, have a look at our post here on creating your own DIY oil lamps.

There are more modern romantic outdoor lighting ideas, like using Sun Jars for example. These are mason jars that have been reconfigured into solar lights. When they light up at night, they look like they have a little sun floating inside of them.

sun jar

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Unique Weekend DIY Wedding Lighting Ideas and Projects

DIY Wedding Lighting Ideas Creativity can go a long way, especially when you are looking to create DIY wedding lighting. For a small and intimate wedding, a DIY approach could be enough lighting to set the ideal backdrop. A larger wedding, say in a banquet hall, can still make great use of DIY lighting – but simple event light fixtures will be needed to fill up the space with enough light. Most wedding venues, such as hotels, will already have these fixtures for you to use, inclusive of the venue package. They can also be easily hired separately from event and lighting companies. Below we have set out a number of simple ideas that will turn a wedding space into an elegant setting.

Using String Lights To Create DIY Wedding Lights

Simple outdoor string lights, also known as fairy lights, can be used to provide a wide range of different wedding lighting effects. They are inexpensive, easy to work with, and create an enchanting lighting effect. They are well known for being red and green for Christmas decorations, but there are a wide range of different colors. Even the wiring that connects the lights together comes in other colors than green, so they can blend into different decorations. They come in an LED version which produces less heat, which is ideal for incorporating string lights for a wedding with decorations such as fabric or origami shades. The easiest thing to do is string them along tables and walls. You can arrange them on a wall to spell out the names of the bride and groom or create a simple heart. You can cover them up with a light fabric which will hide the lights and create a softer glow.

A romantic wedding backdrop

A Curtain Of Light: One straightforward idea using string lights is to create wedding curtain lights. This is where you hang a number of string lights side by side. This can be done on a white or on a black backdrop to create a starry effect. Fabric can be hung behind the lights. Going Green: For a professional look, use string lights with greenery. Pine branches wrapped with lights to make garlands for bowers or tables. Hang lighted wreaths sporting your wedding flowers or colorful ribbons. You can also find white string lights (white lights and white wiring) and have tree branches painted in white to create minimalistic decorations. This can also be applied if you are looking for outdoor wedding lighting ideas. String lights can be used to decorate and light up trees, flower beds, bushes, pathways, and create romantic backyard wedding lighting. Creating a Canopy: String lights can be hung from the ceiling to mimic a starry night. You can hang them in simple rows from one wall to another or you can create a canopy of light. This is usually done for wedding tent lighting, but can also be done in banquet halls to create a tent like effect. To do this you’ll need to find one spot in the ceiling from where all the string lights will hang from, and fan out.

Origami Shades: With the help of little paper origami shades, normal string lights can be turned into decorative light fixtures. A simple and creative idea that can take on many shapes and sizes. Take a look here for our post highlighting a tutorial on creating origami string lights.

Origami Lights

Decorating ordinary outdoor string lights with origami shades

Bottled Lights:  If you are a bit more adventurous with arts and crafts, you can construct unique wedding lights from string lights and glass containers. Vases, old-style milk bottles, wine bottles, and Mason jars can be turned into elegant lighting for tables or to line the floors. Wit and Whistle has a tutorial on turning string lights and normal wine bottles into a unique lamp. The best thing about these DIY glass lamps is that you can create them to go with the theme of your wedding. Simply use a container or colored glass that matches your theme, or have them painted and decorated to tie them in with your wedding decorations. For more ideas on using string lights have a look at our post: L&L LOOK BOOK: Beautiful Uses of String Lights [Photo Gallery]

Stencil Lighting

Monogram Lights

Starry wedding lighting effect

You can easily personalize a wedding venue with the use of wedding monogram lighting. This is where the names of the bride and groom are project with the use of a stencil and a normal event lighting fixture. These are normally done professionally with the use of a laser cutter, but with a sheet of tin, a sharp knife and a steady hand, these stencils can be done at home. Middle school and high school students have to create these stencils for their theater classes. They will be ideal as DIY wedding reception lighting that you can shine on entrances, walls or on the dance floor. You can also create other designs with the stencils. Stars can be cut out which can be projected onto the ceilings. Hearts or floral designs are some other ideas. Check out our post for full details: What Is and How To Make Elegant Monogram Lighting For Weddings

LED Battery Operated Wedding Lights

These small lights, along with a battery can be useful for a number of simple wedding lighting ideas. They can be used to effortlessly create unique centerpieces – arranged with flowers, and accessories. There are even submersible LED lights than can be placed inside water. LED light up ice cubes can be used inside of drinks to make them more dynamic, and tie them into your theme. With the use of normal balloons, LEDs can be easily turned into wedding lighting decorations. All you need are balloons and store bought LED lights that come with a battery (when you pull on a tab, the light is activated and turns on). The LED lights are simply placed inside the balloon before you blow them up. These balloons can be used to line the walls, placed on the dance floor, or if you are looking for DIY outdoor wedding lighting ideas, they will even float on water in fountains and ponds. You can even fill the balloons up with helium, and they will float in the air or can be tied down with string. White balloons are a popular choice for this DIY project but if you are looking for purple wedding lighting then purple balloons will do the trick.

Candle Lit Scenes

Wedding Candles

Candles always add a romantic touch to a wedding. These are ideal for creating table centerpieces. Wedding candle centerpieces can be arranged with flowers and other decorations such as polished pebbles or feathers. They can even be placed within a jar or bowl of water as they will float. Our post on beach wedding centerpieces has a nice section on creating unique DIY candle centerpieces.

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For other do it yourself wedding lighting ideas have a look at these DIY lighting resources: Lighting DIY projects at Instructables LEDs + Music: Want to try something a bit more techie and dynamic for a DIY wedding lighting project – then try out this tutorial on creating a LED Light Box that syncs and pulses to the beat of the music.

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