You've probably seen these colourful cord pendant lights around. I've been a fan of them for a long time. In fact when we first moved into our house I wanted one for our living room but at the time I couldn't find any available to purchase. (We actually ended up making one out of supplies we found at our local hardware store. Unfortunately, the only cord colour we could find was black.) They work will in so many applications from dining rooms,
One of the advantages is that they don't have to be hardwired meaning you can simply plug one end into an electrical wall outlet and then string the light up to wherever you need it. They're great for little reading corners or areas where you want a bit more illumination but don't want to go through the trouble of bringing an electrician in.
Dwellissimo (one of my longtime sponsors) carries coloured cord sets and the awesome looking plumen light bulbs (see top photo). The plumen lightbulbs last for over 8000 hours (approx. 8 years!) and use 80% less energy than an incandescent bulb. You could easily string up one (or a few of these) lights in an afternoon.
I've been wanting to install reading lights over our bed (well, forever) and these cord pendants might just be the perfect (inexpensive) way to do it.
In addition, Dwellissimo carries some other very cool lights including these ones by Finnish designers Antti-Jussi Silvennoinen and Pekka Kuivamaeki. They are made from laser cut modules of corrugated cardboard.
And these white metal hanging lights:
Metal Hanging Spotlight - $295
I seriously think lighting is one of the easiest and best ways to give your home a bit of personality. Don't you? I might just string a few lights up myself next weekend.Image Credits: 1. Plumen 2. Mimou 3. Susanna Vento 4. Dwellissimo 5. &bros 6. Mercana