These Awesome Lighting Ideas Would Make Any Small Space Feel Loved

Who said only big rooms had to have all the decorative fun?

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One of the best perks in owning your home or apartment is having the freedom to decorate it anyway you want. Pink walls? Done. Huge poster of The Beatles in the living room? Got it. Star Wars-themed pinball machine in the master bedroom? Of course. But sometimes it’s hard to be able to use said decorative freedom when it comes to smaller rooms, especially when it feels like you can’t do much since it’s easy for them to feel cramped up and stuffy. However, a change in the lighting can actually go a long way into making a small space appear more prominent and luminous than it actually is. So if you’re ready to amp up some small spaces, check out these awesome lighting ideas!

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1. Track Lighting

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Track lighting is a lighting fixture mounted against a wall or a ceiling where multiple heads of light are positioned on a track. Because of the way the light heads are spread out, light can spread throughout the room more evenly. As opposed to a regular lamp, where most of the light is concentrated where the lamp is positioned and shines mostly vertically thanks to the shade, track lighting can illuminate any area of the room depending how you want the light heads to be positioned. This way, the light can highlight things like pictures, art pieces, or the couch without it being overwhelming or crowded.


2. Wall Sconces

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Wall sconces, or wall lights, are lighting fixtures attached to the wall. They come in many different shapes and sizes, but share the purpose of making way for other things in a room. Since the wall sconces are supported by the wall only, not only does it allow more room for tables, chairs, and other decorative pieces, but since wall sconces are typically lined on the side of the walls or on either side of a bed or vanity, it makes the room appear wider and more open. Plus, with all the different types of wall sconces, it’ll be fairly easy to find the right match for your living space—lighting and visual-wise.


3. Pendants

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If one of the rooms in your living space has a high-enough ceiling, light pendants can definitely be a worthwhile option. Pendants are light fixtures that hang from the ceiling, and are supported by a corn, rod, or chain, and can be used in multiples! Like wall sconces, there are different types of pendant lights to match the aesthetic and size of the room. Wall pendants can also affect the size of a room by emphasizing the height of the room, while also drawing attention away from the lack of square feet. Also, the cool thing about the ability of light pendants to be used in multiples is all the creative control you can have in terms of placement and design. If you want the pendants to hang in a straight line over the kitchen countertop or in bunches over a desk, it’s up to you!


4. Fairy Lights

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For something a little more simple yet cute and charming, we have the classic fairy lights. Don’t get me wrong, these definitely won’t light up the entire space, however, it adds a lot of enchantment, especially when placed among the curtains like in the photo above, or even just showered against a wall in place of a painting. And even though the fairy lights won’t light up the whole room, that doesn’t mean it won’t provide much light at all. In fact, fairy lights can be used in place of a bedside lamp, reading lamp, or desk lamp, plus it uses less floor space since it’s typically supported by a wall.

5. Tall Lamps

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Now, if you just want to stick with lamps, that is completely fine! One trick that is recommended when choosing a lamp for a smaller space, however, is to choose a long lamp so that it makes the room look bigger in height. By putting in a longer lamp rather than the stout ones that usually reside on little tables, it makes the room look less clumpy and also gives the appearance of the room looking more open with more space to walk about.  


Finally, one last tip I have is to use mirrors! Mirrors will bounce light around the room and make it look like it has more depth, thus making it look larger and brighter.