Before my husband and I moved into our house, I spent a lot of time obsessing about the photos online. I absolutely loved our house, but as I told my husband, something seemed a little bit off. Eventually, I realized what was odd: None of the bedrooms and neither of the living areas had ceiling lights! We knew the house was a fixer-upper from the 70s, but I hadn’t really thought about needing to add lights throughout the house.
Hiring someone to do the wiring and hang ceiling lights wouldn’t be that big of an issue, and at some point, we will probably do this. For now, though, after buying a house and having a baby in the same year, money is tight. We can’t afford to purchase all new lights and pay an electrician to install them in every room. So we are going to, as Tim Gunn says on Project Runway, make it work.
I was a little worried when I first started thinking about lighting every room because this wasn’t something I’d ever encountered. All of our rented apartments in Chicago had ceiling lights, so all we had with us when we moved in was one table lamp and one floor lamp. How could I light the rooms in interesting ways without resorting to a bunch of boring torchiere lamps?
I spent a lot of time browsing plug-in lights online before coming up with a game plan for each room in our house. I’ve spent a lot of time learning about new lighting styles and thought I’d share the best styles I’ve found for houses with no ceiling lights.
No Overhead Lighting Solutions
Floor lamps are classic, although, as I noted above, we only had one torchiere lamp before moving. In our forever home, however, I want to banish this style and add a couple of floor lamps that are more dramatic. Some floor lamps can be a focal point in a room, while others are definitely more functional and can be tucked away in a corner.