With warmer weather approaching, spring cleaning, and maybe some ‘light refreshing’ are a must in most homes.  We think lights are a perfect way to turn a dull, drab space into something light, airy, and interesting.  We found some fantastic ways to design in lights for spring/summer.

Spring colors can brighten any space; blue, green, yellow, pink, and purple to name a few.  They conjure up thoughts of new and fresh.  These colors remind us of flowers, grass, fresh new beginnings in nature.  Using light to bring these colors into the spaces that have been under a cloud of winter for far too long is a wonderful way to brighten up your home. 

We’ll start with a DIY project that’s small, but could be very impactful in any space.  You’ll need a canvas (your local craft store can help with this), and some string lights (5mm or M5 will work best) in your favorite colors.  You can turn the canvas into anything you would like.  For the purpose of this spring themed blog, think flower or field of grass, or waterfall.  No matter the theme, you can use lights to transform this canvas into anything!  You could draw your picture on the back side of the canvas, or you can do our favorite thing and just freestyle.  Punch the lights through the canvas so when you turn them on, your design sparkles.  Another option would be to punch holes in the canvas and simply secure the lighting to the back of the canvas so they illuminate through your punched holes once on.  Hang above the mantle, let it set on a table or dresser (leaning against the wall), or hang above the bed in the spare room.

You could create the similar effect with this next project.  Find or build a room divider.  If you find one, remove the fabric.  If you build it, just build the frame, it’s all you’ll need for this project.  Secure some string lights in any color or pattern you prefer to where the fabric would have been.  You can turn this into almost anything as well.  If you want to get a little fancier with your project, add some twigs and cover them in lights to replace the fabric.  You could place this behind your sofa, in a doorway between rooms, or remove the legs and make it an art piece to hang on any wall.

How have you freshened up a space at your house using lights?  We want to know about it.  Can we share it with our friends?  Send us your stories and pictures at [email protected].  There are also more wonderful ideas using rope light in this blog.

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