Renter Problems: Why I Hate Overhead Lighting

First, let it be known that I love overhead lighting- just not the renter version. Ugly, bulky, terrible florescent lighting that you might find in a waiting room at a doctor’s office. Not pleasant.

I’ve made as many changes to my apartment as a renter is allowed, but I can’t escape the terrible lighting. Instead, I’ve chosen to ignore it completely and decorate/create ambiance with beautiful lamps and other lighting solutions.

Fortunately, my place has fantastic natural lighting and plenty of windows, so on a sunny day, there’s virtually no need for lamps or overhead lighting of any kind. On a cloudy day or at night, the lamps work their magic.

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Now, for the solution: lamps. Many, many lamps. 

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Bathroom lamp! You might notice that this particular one used to be in the kitchen but I made a little switch. Also, no, I don’t get ready like this in the morning, but it is nice to have on at night.
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Beautiful brass lamp #1, side of the couch.
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Beautiful brass lamp #2, other side of the couch.
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Ikea lamp next to the bar that I transformed with my wonderful gold leaf pen.
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Another Ikea lamp to light up the little office area and behind the TV.
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One of my favorites, the mint lamp on my nightstand.
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Kitchen solution 1: under cabinet lighting. Bought cheap little lights on amazon and used command strips to attach.
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Taking advantage of my little under microwave light!
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Finally, another DIY ikea lamp: covered in gold striped washi tape to complete the lighting trifecta.
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This is the kitchen at night with zero overhead lighting. Not bad, right?
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Last shot of apartment at night with zero overhead lighting turned on. All lamps.

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