Electrical & Lighting

5 Creative DIY Ways to Update Your Lamps

Lamp shades can add a lot of unique dynamics to the room
Unique lamp shade decor. Source: Target

Lamps and lampshades are designed to be a centerpiece in any room. They are meant to accentuate the interior and provide a classier and more elegant look. But some guests merely brush by these tasteful masterpieces. As long as they are working as intended, decor takes a back seat. However, you can use lamps and lampshades to make a statement. In fact, lamps play a crucial role in interior décor. The great thing is that you don’t even have to buy new modern lamps with unique designs. You can explore a few simple DIY steps that will give your lamps a much needed makeover. In the end, they will help add to the décor of the home.

“I’m changing the world one lampshade at a time.” - Susan Schneider

So, what are some of these DIY steps? Here are some of the easiest ones:

Try stickers on your lamp shade to create an entirely new look for the piece
Amazing shade decal. Source: ebay

Add a Sticker

A plain lampshade just looks boring. It has no taste or character. But of course, you can change this by adding a sticker to the mix. Flower stickers, in particular, will do the magic. Focus on the lamp’s base and add a few unique flower stickers. Amazon offers this unique native American teepee decal that can be a welcome addition to any home. If you want, you can also use adhesive gems to create stems. The combination of these two simple steps will redefine your lamps. They will look classy, elegant, and people will certainly notice! Lampshade stickers can include:

  • Silhouettes
  • Floral patterns
  • Abstract designs
  • Fan logos
  • TV show references
  • Superhero insignias
  • Catchphrases
  • Letters
  • Poems
  • Newspaper design

Consider Some Flower Masks

Flower masks are a nice little detail to add to lamps and the room interior, overall
A mask for the lamp can be really neat. Source: bitly

If you are not into the idea of using flower stickers or leaves, perhaps maybe you want to add more to the lamp with the stickers still on it, you can explore the use of flower mask. The mask is used to add stylish flowers at the lamp’s base and the impact in upgrading the lamp will be more profound compared to even flower stickers. However, you may want to pick out a simple flower mask. Even though you are trying to upgrade the lamp, don’t add too much to overdo it. Even with the flower mask and the stickers on, someone should be able to look at the lamp and easily tell that it’s a lamp at first sight.

You Can Add Some Ribbons

The idea of adding ribbons around the lampshade is very pretty and perhaps it’s something most people have tried. And because of the fact that it works, most DIY pros emphasize this cheap yet effective means of beautification. Ribbons are very beautiful and if you can create a simple pattern around the lampshade, then you can really revamp its entire look. If you want to use a wide array of colors, you can go ahead and do that too. If you want something as simple as gluing ribbon around the shade, that’s a simple patch that yields great results. The great thing about ribbons on lampshades is that they will always complement the look of your lamp regardless of which patterns you decide to go for. Don’t overdo it though, and try to use hot glue to avoid any mess. Look around online for ideas and different fabrics.

Use Decorative Paper

Paper lamp decor adds another element to your home lighting fixture
Decorative paper around a lamp can certainly bring a great deal. Source: YouTube

Decorative paper will come handy for people who don’t want to use ribbons. It’s a perfect choice, especially if you use it to cover every inch of the plain lampshade. There are many different types of decorative papers. Choose something colorful. Bright colors always go well with lampshades. Start by buying a large sheet of decorative paper. Wrap it around the lamp shade carefully and then glue it. You will definitely love the result.

Computer Printed Letters

Although this is not very popular, it can be a great choice. However, it’s always best to use printable letters as a complementary measure on the options above. You can create simple letters and print them on an adhesive backed paper. Stick the printed letters on the lamp and you will be good to go. It may look simple but it will add some touch of class to your lamps.

Getting the right lampshade that is aligned with your home’s interior decor is easy. The DIY tips above should definitely help you out.


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