We take a look at lighting trends for this year and what the trendy homeowner should be looking at when decorating a home.
Using scrap pieces of pine, this handy adjustable desk lamp has a plastic (previously a paint container) lampshade. It's fitted with an LED globe and looks perfect on my desk. You can angle the light in almost any direction - and it won't fall over.
A stunning floor lamp creates a warm ambiance that adds atmosphere to any living room. Take a look at a selection of floor lamps - from affordable buys to designer pieces.
If you're a fan of industrial design, you will love these DIY galvanised pipe lighting designs. Inexpensive to make, you can create your own unique lamps or lights.
Today's homeowners are making the practical choice of installing high-efficiency LED lighting for environmental and cost saving benefits.
This wood and string lamp is fun to make, and you can arrange the string into so many different variations for a lamp that is truly unique.
Here's how to turn an ordinary fluorescent lighting fitting into an eye-catching feature using affordable materials.
Chinese paper lanterns are the cheapest lighting option you can buy. They come in different colours and sizes and can be used to add instant impact to any room.
Ping pong balls are an inexpensive way to make your own contemporary lighting, especially when combined with LED or CFL light sources.
Interior designers use lighting to achieve specific effects, to enhance a space, or set a specific mood. Most homeowners think that light is just light, but there's more to lighting than that.
Copper decor is one of the hottest trends this year. We show you a stunning selection of copper pendant lights and show you how easy it is to make your own.
In this project we show you how to make a drum pendant shade without having to search high and low for a lampshade frame - using materials you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
We offer a selection of handmade wooden lamps and lights that you can make as a weekend project using basic tools and materials you can find at your nearest Builders, or source locally.
Here's a wonderful way to use thin- and medium-gauge wire to craft a decorative wire chandelier that you can hang indoors or outdoors. Dress up your patio with a wire chandelier fitted with tea light candles, real or battery, or even small solar lights.
I used old spotlight fixtures to turn paraffin lamps into LED lights using Lumi Straight Candle LED bulbs from Lumi LED. Lumi LED are offering 2 lucky readers the opportunity to WIN a hamper containing 4 Lumi Straight Candles
Designed for kids of all ages, LivingColors Micro lights are packed with the latest LED lamp technology and produces up to 64 different light colours. Lighten up your child’s imagination with a Table Light / Desk Light for your kids bedroom. The light fitting is so easy and fun to use. Your child can choose the light colour of their choice by just touching and swiping the colour strip on the top of the light fitting.
These paper walls lights are the most affordable and easy to make lights you can add to your home. The design is elegant and modern and it's hard to believe they are made of plain paper.
Turn a cardboard box into a quick and easy lampshade that can easily be dressed up or down for any room in a home.
Willowlamp, an award winning South African lighting company uses an original and patented method of attaching ball-chain to laser-cut steel frames. The ingenious design has resulted in a vast collection of intricate lighting designs that includes vibrant chandeliers and elegantly swaying pendants.
Why should you pay for lighting when you can make use of what Mother Nature provides for free. Frameless windows, skylights and solar tube lights offer the homeowner a simple, yet effective way to fill a home with natural light.
You can make this industrial style lighting for a home with galvanised pipe that you can buy from steel merchants or local suppliers, and using copper pipe and low voltage lighting from your local Builders or lighting supplier.
Quite often, inspiration for your next craft of DIY project can come from an image you see on pinterest or home decor site. I myself get plenty of project ideas from decorated homes and inspiring interiors by designers. The inspiration for this project came from a home designed by Martha O'hara Interiors.
As and when budget allows I am systematically going from room to room and replacing my old incandescent lights with light fittings that use CFL globes. The most recent replacement was at the top of the stairs. I have previously tried the option of simply replacing the globe in the fitting but found the light too dim for this area, so I have replaced this with a CFL circular tube that provides plenty of light.
You may remember earlier this year we posted an industrial lamp made by one of our DIY Divas. We can now show you step-by-step how to make your own industrial lamp using galvanised pipe and fittings. You will find galvanised pipe and fittings at most steel suppliers and lamp fittings and electrical cord at your local Builders Warehouse.
Hard to believe that this modern chandelier is made using a secondhand light fitting and a couple of wire baskets. You could also using plastic hanging plant baskets, or chrome vegetable baskets to make your own chandelier and then finish it off with Rust-Oleum Universal metallic spray paint.
I have seen so many gorgeous petal lamps and definitely wanted one for my TV room. Considering that you can pay anywhere from R800 upwards, once again I decided to make my own (!) and look at how to use plastic bottles to make it. I have done so many projects using recycled plastic bottles that I immediately thought about how to use the bottom part of the bottle for the petals.
This modern table lamp is easy to make using rope and a sheet of plastic, you can even recycle plastic bottles to make the table lamp. The base of the lamp is a pot trivet that you will find at home decor stores, and you will also need 2-core electrical cable, a lampholder and an on/off switch that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.
Like most households, I go through plenty of plastic containers of milk each week. Rather than throw these out and add to the already disastrous amounts of plastic on our dumps, you can turn plastic milk containers into amazing contemporary light fittings. The MilkWaves lampshade is designed as an easy DIY project. It’s a lampshade that can be used as a pendant or uplighting floor lamp.
There are so many creative ways to create your own DIY pendant lampshades. Gather your inspiration from everyday home items, secondhand stores, or your local Builders Warehouse. An inexpensive and simple way to make your own pendant lampshades is to use wire, steel or woven baskets, and we took a look at what's on offer at various home decor stores.
If you have a China Mall close to you, or a discount home store, you will find inexpensive Chinese paper lanterns . These paper lanterns are perfect for dressing up for a special event or party, and you can even hang them in your home. The paper lanterns shown in this article are styled with decoupage using a few scraps of fabric and craft paint.
Shabby chic style is trendy at the moment - combining vintage chic with modern style. This is a fun way to re-purpose unused cutlery. Use secondhand, odd pieces, or vintage cutlery to craft this cutlery chandelier for your home. It's easy to make if you have some welding savvy and Dremel tools.
Magdalena Godawa uses sheets and sheets of newspaper to create paper basket lampshades. These beautiful woven lampshades were created to order for a specific client that wanted 16 basket lampshades. The paper basket lampshades were made using colourful newspaper that was donated and recycled.
Have been wanting to make a string lampshade for ages but I wanted a really big one for the dining room. Doing a clean out the other day I found my pilates ball - the one that was bought with good intentions and ended up never using! Well now I have a use for it - it's the perfect size for making my large string lampshade.
If you have plastic cups leftover from entertaining over the holidays, here's a way to recycle them into an LED light that is perfect for your New Year's party. The light is illuminated using battery-operated LED fairy lights and is stunning once switched on. You can hang it on the patio or in the garden to add fun lighting to your party.
How pretty are these cupcake fairy lights. They are inexpensive to make and you can mix up the colours to suit any special occasion or party. All you need are paper cupcake liners and LED fairy lights. It's important to use LED lights as they generate very little heat.
If you want to install downlights but have a solid concrete slab or flat roof above, adding faux beams allows you to fit downlights into the beams without having to drill huge holes into the ceiling.
Don't you just love this trend of fabric wrapped wire lampshades - also know as ghost shades! You can totally design your own unique lampshade using a wire frame and scraps of fabric, with a few unique embellishments.
Natural capiz shells are hard to come by and expensive when made into lamp shades or chandeliers. But you can easily replicate the look of capiz shells using ordinary wax paper. In this project we show you how to make your own capiz shell chandelier - small or large.
Although you use mason jars - or pickling jars - to make these gorgeous outdoor pendant lamps, you can also use empty glass jars that you would normally throw away. With summer around the corner, this is a quick and easy way to add style and soft lighting to your patio or deck.
The imagination knows no bounds when you take a look at some of these unusual, yet handmade lighting designs. Who would believe that you could make a chandelier out of paperclips, or ballpoint pens!
These glass lamp bases are definitely something new and are quite inexpensive to make yourself if you visit a local discount store. Top them off with nice lampshades and you have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind lighting feature for a console table or cabinet.
Lighting takes on a new dimension when you look at all the wonderful designer lampshades that are on available. Using materials such as fabric, tissue paper and recycled materials, these lampshades turn any light fitting into a focal point in the room.
Forget just using fairy lights or string lights at Christmas, if you buy LED fairy or string lights, these are an energy efficient way to add light, decor and atmosphere to any room in the home - without having to pay an exorbitant electricity bill at the end of the month.
We recently featured an article that showed how to use a kitchen colander as a pendant light, but this design definitely takes the cake...! Seks design recently featured whisk-y lights as part of a London display - and these pendant lights are made using whisks.
Have a light bulb moment with these tips that will not only save you money on your monthly electricity bill, but they will also reduce your carbon footprint.
It isn't always easy to find the right pendant light shade, especially if you are looking for something out of the ordinary. A serving bowl might be just the answer you're looking for. When you use a bowl to create your own shade, you open up many unique design possibilities.
Party lighting is expensive to buy - or hire - and this simple project shows how easy it is to make your own decorative twine or rope lighting for a wedding, party of special occasions using twine and balloons. The finished result is stunning and would look gorgeous at any event.
This lamp shade is translucent when the light is switched on and is made by dipping paper circles into wax that has been coloured with dye or food colouring.
We all have a time when we drool over something in a home store or decor mag, but imagine if you could make it at a fraction of the cost. I say why not. There's nothing wrong with giving it a go. If it doesn't come out as perfect as the original, at least you can say you tried.
Vasiliy Butenko's "Acorn" lamp series takes the use of cotton rope to a new level. A collector's piece, this objet d'Art incorporates simplistic with nothing more than natural materials put to use in a new and unique way.
It can be difficult to find the perfect accessories for a room and, as an important element in any room, finding the right table lamp to match the style of a space is important. If you come across a table lamp that doesn't quite seem right, think about the tricks you can use to make it a perfect fit.
Visit Eurolux for the latest in eclectic lamps, contemporary spotlights, rustic pendants and romantic wall fittings direct from Europe. The new ranges from Austrian company EGLO offer lighting designs that make keeping with current international trends far more affordable.
LED lighting is quickly becoming the most favoured lighting in homes around the world, but what is LED lighting? First off, LED stands for 'light emitting diode' and has been around for quite some time. While this type of lighting has been around since the early sixties, it's only recent advances in technology that allow LEDs to be used more often in our homes.
Colourful chandeliers brighten a room beyond lighting; they often mimic hues within a room bringing the space together. Which is your favourite?
I have found so many uses for twigs and branches from the garden. Instead of throwing these away, I have created quite a few decor projects that put these to good use.
Don't throw out your old bamboo blinds - take them apart and use them to makeover a dated lamp or pendant shade for a contemporary look. Isabella and Max Rooms shows you how easy it is to do this project easily and quickly.
As the summer days - and nights heat up - how are you going to keep the South African heat at bay?
Make an orb lamp using bamboo strips - taken from a bamboo blind that you can find at most home stores.
If you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and don't want to put away the decorations just yet, here's a stunning ceiling light made from transparent tree baubles. When switched on the light illuminates the baubles and casts a wonderful glow around the room.
This is an easy way to be able to have a little chandelier luxury, even if you can’t hardwire anything into your ceiling. This chandelier was given to me by a dear friend who was renovating and didn’t need this little fixture.
A can of Rust-Oleum spray primer and Rust-Oleum 2X satin aqua and a little bit of raffia are all that you need to transform ho-hum table lamps.
To a homeowner shopping for a home, the look of energy saving bulbs is just as important, and up until recently, the look was, by most discerning accounts, not good.
Before you walk into a lighting store and pick out something that's not quite right for your home, take a look at the latest lighting trend - it's much bigger than you think.
No home decorating project would be complete without new modern lighting and as one of the most important design elements, lighting sets the tone for every room in a home.
As we look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, natural light is absolutely free and in abundance here in South Africa, so let's make the most of it by allowing more natural light into our homes.
Create contemporary kitchen island lighting with easy-to-make custom fabric-covered drum shades on pendant fixtures.
Make a dramatic impact by updating the lighting in your home. Today's modern lighting options are modern and contemporary, while others are sexy and romantic. This year decorative lighting is going to be a hot trend, with chandeliers and contemporary designs featuring in beautiful interiors.
Once considered to be strictly functional, lighting has evolved into a decorative element, contributing a great deal to ambiance and warmth. Without adequate lighting, even the most beautiful pieces of furniture may go unnoticed.
In the centre of the room, the glittering attraction of pinpricks of light entwined in elegant ethereal design, the bold glamour and cheeky edge of modern metals and distinctive styling, the sophisticated grandeur of traditional crystal tiers… the chandelier is back.
One needs a good understanding and appreciation of good lighting to bring out the best in any interior design and architecture. Light is also one of the most effective means to alter the character of space in any interiors. To design good lighting is not only a skill, but also an art.
With such a wide selection to choose from, it's easy to light your home beautiful.
Ceiling fans do such an efficient job of circulating air you can use them in any room in the home. Put them on when you are in the room - during the day and when sleeping - and turn them off when you leave.