Out of all decorative lighting options, pendant lighting is perhaps the most customisable. There really are just a lot of artistic things that you can do with it to elevate the overall appeal of your home. If you're not short on creativity and imagination, you will definitely enjoy coming up with new ways to enhance its function as a source of illumination for your home, as well as a decorative element.
If you're going for a new look for the pendant lighting you currently have, here are some easy DIY styling ideas that you may want to consider to provide your home something different and fresh.
For old chandeliers that seem to have lost their aesthetic relevance, you can modernise them to fit the current design of your home by spray painting them with an opaque colour, which is quite in trend these days. To make them more energy-efficient, make the switch from the traditional incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs or CFLS, which use about 75% less energy and last ten times longer. Now, if you're really gunning for bigger energy savings, you may want to invest in light emitting diodes or LEDs, which are slightly pricier but use 80% to 90% less energy and can last you over ten years.
Another great idea to try is to give deteriorating drum shades more structural support and a fun contemporary look. Drum shades, especially light-coloured ones, can easily show signs of wear and tear. To conceal unsightly marks, you can glue tissue paper rosettes to the drum shade. For the rosettes, go for a colour that would compliment the colour palette of the room. You can go for the scattered or compact method of gluing the rosettes. The final product is a voluminous drum shade that has a strong feminine appeal. Great alternatives for rosettes are feathers and strings of plastic beads, which you can purchase from your local craft store.
For a nice play of colours, say, you want to go for a Mediterranean appeal and you prefer a DIY method of achieving the look, you can paint clear glass pendant lights with transparent and iridescent enamel paint. You can use a wide range of vibrant colours to achieve that polished or raw stained glass effect. Iridescent paint produces that special effect that changes hues depending on the amount of light available.
Transparent paint, on the other hand, is very smooth and allows light to shine through.
There are still so many other decorating ideas for pendant lighting and you can use all sorts of materials to help you create the look for your home that best reflects your aesthetic inclination and personality.