You’ve scoured the city, vetted the landlord and finally found the perfect apartment with a doorman, a gym, and a parking space. All that’s left is to unpack and make the space your own. One catch: you can’t hire a contractor to strip out all the overhead lighting that comes with your new home. One of the most common complaints among property renters is a lack of control over the lighting fixtures. Standard-issue overhead lighting designs lack personality and limit your control over the look and feel of your home environment. But you don’t have to be a homeowner to design your dream interior - here are 3 apartment lighting ideas to help you create a more personalized space within your luxury rental apartment:
Feature a Dramatic Floor Lamp
Especially in a high-ceilinged room, floor lamps bring light down to earth to define areas within an open floorplan or create a more intimate tone for a room. The elegant curve of the iconic Arco modern floor lamp mimics the feel of overhead lighting, providing maximum style with minimum work.
Delicate beauty makes a big impact in the form of the IC Light floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades. The streamlined and poetic form can be emphasized as the centerpiece of a room’s design, or seamlessly incorporated into an elegant interior. Bringing high style to functional elements helps a space to feel more established, and less temporary.
Use Lighting that Doubles as Art
Sculptural tabletop lighting designs become objets d’art that enhance interiors whether turned off or on. The balanced Copycat modern table lamp by Michael Anastassiades draws the eye and provides a warm, diffused light that’s perfect for complementing decorative objects, books, or standing on its own. It’s this attention to detail that can make rented spaces feel unique.
Place table lamps throughout the space, rather than just on end tables or night stands, to create interest and maximize use of space. Playful designs like Gatto, featured on the low window sill below, invite interaction with a room’s unique architecture with appealing design, and can shed light in overlooked corners.
Surprise with Plug-In Pendants
You don’t need a drill to have great overhead lighting. Modern plug-in designs like the Aim pendant lights by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec pull double duty as functional lighting that also offers more visual interest and draws the eye away from pre-installed fixtures you dislike.
Industrial-inspired corded designs like Konstantin Grcic’s May Day lamp, below, create structure and make a bold statement against the wall, ideal if you don’t want to commit to painting. Because it’s rare in rented spaces, personalizing overhead lighting is one of the most significant ways to make a renter feel like a homeowner.