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7 Ideas To Decorate Your Home Using LED Strip Lights

7 Ideas To Decorate Your Home Using LED Strip Lights

Some setups are absolutely extraordinary and breath-taking. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Depending on how you set them up, LED light strips can make your home look more elegant. Beautiful. Professional. Chic. Akin to PC enthusiasts who deck their rig out with LED lights, suiting up several areas of your home can really make you admire yourself.

With that said, here are ideas you can kick around and use inspiration for your own home.

1. How To Drop Your Guests’ Jaws

Countless studies have shown that the bright blue light of screens keeps you awake at night. That’s why so many people advise you to shut off any and all screens an hour before you hit the hay.

In fact, Flux is a cool program that gradually dims your screen (by using your device’s clock) according to the sunlight. The more the moon shines, the less your screen does. It’s pretty cool.

However, a deeper reason to understand color theory is psychological. Generally, red represents passion, anger, and energy. Yellow typically represents happiness, and brightness. Purple colors usually reflect royalty or spiritual enlightenment. Various shades of green tend to represent nature, growth, Earth, and stability.

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For more in-depth information that could be articles themselves, you’ll want to beef yourself up on color relationships and harmonies.

Luckily, experimenting with LED lighting isn’t initially expensive. Grab a single RGB bulb and use it as a nightlight in your room – use a dimmer, or a multi-color bulb (several), and use yourself as a guinea pig. It’s smart to take note of what emotions each color emits from you.

Whew! What a foundation. Remember: a house without a foundation will eventually collapse.

With that said, on to the list!

2. Digger Under Those Cabinets

Do you have a kitchen? Of course, you do! How much time do you spend in the kitchen? Think about it: second to the living room and bedroom, it’s probably the most heavily visited room in your home.

And just look at the beauty! You can line LED strips underneath your cabinets, or table/island counter.

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Something really cool comes from a few innovators who rigged up their fridges with strips. This is a little too advanced for me, but the results are awesome!

3. Get The Right Hook Up

No matter what lighting you choose, there’s going to be wires involved. There’s no getting around that. Fortunately, some companies came out with easy-to-use light installation connectors. These let you use a number of lights in one device!

Which is really handy for people who aren’t so savvy with wires and lack technician-like skills. (Seriously, hooking up LED strip lights is easy only if you know what you’re doing.)

4. Cove Lighting

These are great for highlighting decorative ceilings. Think about installing flexible strips in your cove. Just go to town and accentuate your ceilings’ valences. RGB cove lighting is seriously jaw-dropping and isn’t too hard to do once you figure out the basics of lining and setting.

5. TV

How much time do you spend in front of the TV? Whether it’s in your bedroom, man cave, woman’s palace, or living room… Almost everyone who’s anyone has a TV screen.

Here’s one caveat: watching TV in the dark hurts your eyes. Eventually, over the course of a few episodes, the TV “fades” into the wall and your eyes can no longer distinguish the “boob tube” or “idiot box” from the wall.

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Installing a gorgeous set of LED light strips solves this problem – since it’s a border around the shape of your TV. Plus it adds a serious cool factor to your room, making it look extravagant. How’s that for killing 2 birds with one stone?

(In fact, setting up your TV with back-lighting has scientific benefits. You know how your eyes hurt when you suddenly shift from darkness to brightness… say, after popping on the lights after 2 & ½ hours of darkness? Keeping a constant back-light glow around your TV prevents this eye strain.)

6. Wall Silhouettes

If you don’t want to cover an entire wall, ceiling, or floor with a bright LED… consider silhouetting the light! All you have to do is cut out some cardboard (or whatever is easiest for you to cut and still remain sturdy enough to stand on its own)… place it against a wall, and lay down your favorite strip behind it. Easy as 123!

The results are absolutely and without a doubt stunning. The best part is you can cut out any shape or design your heart desires.

7. Wow Your Family With Bottle Lights

This idea is seriously cool. It takes some elbow grease and glass-cutting know how, but isn’t the end result worth it?

Start by cutting the bottom of a few wine bottles (with a specific glass-cutting bit) out, and then wire short web-connected RGB LED light strips through them. Next, spray the bottles with some glass-frosting spray to act as a diffuser.

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(A diffuser, if you don’t know, is an industry term for “reducing light intensity.” A lot of film lighting technicians use diffusers (like white boards or bed sheets) to soften the light on actors. This is particularly helpful during daytime. Just a cool industry-insider trick I picked up working as a lighting intern on a few student films.)

Now simply run some hanging wire through the bottles… and hang them from your ceiling! I showed my girlfriend this idea and she freaked. She wanted us to run out and buy a dozen bottles of wine! (Luckily, we already have a few empty bottles saved up over the months. Hurray to no hangovers!)

Conclusion

Now that you’ve hopefully been struck by “the bug” and taken some serious notes – you can start brainstorming on your own cool LED strip light designs. Or simply use one of these seriously-beautiful choices in your own home. No matter what you decide to do… in the end… there’s no denying your guests and family and friends will be simply amazed at what you’ve done.

Plus, you may just fall even more in love with your home! Who doesn’t want that? Our homes are our sanctuaries, after all. :- )

Featured photo credit: via pixabay.com via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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