Living room makeover with light and color
Our plans are to someday add recessed lights in the living room ceiling. But since we have a two-story home, that project will likely be complicated. In the meantime, I discovered a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add more light in the space without tearing holes in the ceiling or calling an electrician.
So I switched out all the light bulbs in our dark, dingy living room with GE reveal® bulbs and I was pleasantly surprised at the results. Check out the comparison photos I took below. The light bulb on the left was a CFL that was in our lamp before. The one on the right is the GE reveal® halogen bulb I replaced it with. (No photo enhancements were done to either picture.)
In addition to my quick and easy lighting makeover, I decided to add pops of blue in the living room to balance and “cool” the yellow and brown tones of our wood flooring and living room walls. I typically like to keep my furniture, walls and flooring neutral and then add color through the decorations. This allows me to completely change the look of a room without a lot of hassle and without spending a lot of money. For example, I incorporated blue into the living room through my rug, pillows, artwork and throw blanket.
Can you spy my Pottery Barn knockoff DIY birch candles on the mantel? Find out how to make your own here.
I can’t believe how much difference changing out my light bulbs and incorporating an accent color make in this room.
I added my DIY driftwood candleholder to our side table. This is one of my all-time-favorite thrifty projects. Check out how to make your own here.
Now let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see what my living room looked like before the light and color makeover.
And, just for fun, here are some photos of the way before, back a couple of years ago.
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how nice to see the photos that is not an enhanced tv commercial touting a product. I am wondering is this a pigtail type bulb ? some are so difficult to work in our lights and lamps. thank you for the great pix.
You’re welcome, Brenda. It really has made a difference in the room. These aren’t “pigtail” type bulbs. I believe you’re thinking of CFLs. These reveal bulbs have a nice, sleek look. In fact, I just replaced two of the recessed lights in the kitchen with GEreveal LED bulbs as well. Oh.my.goodness! So much brighter and more white, rather than yellow-looking light. Thanks for the kind feedback.
Love your before and after photos. This turned out great! What a difference lighting makes.
Here’s my tweet: https://twitter.com/connsean71/status/557234943013978112
I love the accent color to the room. It looks magnificent. And, yes, what a change with the lighting indeed.
Tweeted about giveaway: https://twitter.com/AlinaConn/status/557241854866259969
I would love to change out the bulbs in our living room as well and “reveal” a nice clean and uncluttered room after the holidays 🙂
I would also like to replace all the lightbulbs in my apartment with new reveal bulbs. I think it would make a huge difference in both appearance and raising mood during dreary, overcast winter.
I would love to “reveal” the framed “family travel” photos I have in the Family room! Thanks!
Love the difference the bulbs make!
Would love to change out my bulbs…I have lots lots lots of lamps!
Such a significant difference! I’d definitely like to upgrade to these bulbs!
Your room is very lovely and inviting. Another trick to adding light to your room is adding a few mirrors to reflect the light around the room during the daylight hours. Having a light colored floor, light colored walls, and bright white ceilings will brighten up a room if mirrors are reflecting from the four walls. It can be simple with a small mirror with candles, or home interiors designs, wall decorated mirrors, and even large picture frames which will reflect the light. You just have to watch where the sunlight comes in and observe where to place your mirrors on the walls. Sconces, with candles serve as a great way to add a small mirror alongside a large picture frame. Leave about two fingers length between the mirror and the picture. Again, very comfy!
You could easily add more light behind the couch if you were able to pull it from the wall (enough floor space?), add a sofa table (does not need to be fancy behind the couch) and then add a couple lamps. It is amazing the amount of extra light that adds for reading while on the couch.
I love these light bulbs. I bought some accidently…but they really do make everything look more natural. I have so many more lights to replace, so the gift card would come in SO handy. And they save energy!! Win-win!!
what a simple, yet wonderful update! Thanks for posting and offer the chance to win!
Wow, what a difference!
THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!! I DON’T SEE VERY WELL AND THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT AFFECTS THAT SIGNIFICANTLY. I NEED TO DO THIS IN MANY OF THE ROOMS OF THE HOUSE!
I want to reveal the book pages when I read.
my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/557531257257484288
I would like to reveal our homeschool area so my kids can see what they’re reading better.
My kitchen is too dark! I want to reveal a lighter brighter kitchen so I can see better when cooking!
I want to reveal board games when I am playing in the living room with my family.
I want to reveal my kitchen and make it look lighter and brighter
What an amazing difference.
I would like to reveal our dining room area so we can see each other more clearly.
I love how light and bright your room now looks with the reveal bulbs, and your color scheme is calm and refreshing. I’d love to replace the light bulbs in my fan light so my big family room looked more open and bright.
I want to reveal happy holiday gatherings in my home with GE reveal lighting.
I want to reveal my plate of food in the dining room so I can see what I am eating! I need light@!!!
The shining, smiley faces of my husband and son.
I would love to have better light in my (eat in) kitchen. It would make meals so much nicer!
I’d like these bulbs to reveal more of our new bath remodel!
I would like to reveal my living room. It has one lamp in there and it’s very dreary.
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my kitchen needs better lighting
I would love to put additional lighting in all my rooms as well. maybe some pretty lamps or a chandelier
I would like to reveal our living room with GE Reveal lighting we have some dark areas that need more light.
We have tall ceilings in our living room and we are in real need of some light! GE would do the trick!
I would love to brighten up our laundry room. Its so dark in there!
i want to reveal the true colors in my living room
I am excited to try the Reveal light bulbs in my living room after seeing what a difference they made in your living room. I have a vaulted ceiling with recessed lights, but never seems bright enough. Love your pops of color too!
I would like to reveal our living room.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com
I’m making an investment in good bulbs today.
I’d like to reveal more of my desk space in the computer room with GE lighting.
Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/559677376511369217
I would love some better lighting in my closet!!
the living room overall, it’s so dark in there
I would like to reveal the family room with better lighting so I can read.
i tweeted https://twitter.com/thepryfamily2/status/561676959034671107 firstname.lastname@example.org
i would like to reveal my home decor style email@example.com
A living room can almost never have too much light, but ambient lighting is my favorite.
I would not limit it to one room, I want the bulbs in the whole house!
I’d like to reveal what I REALLY look like while getting ready in the morning by replacing the bulbs in my bathroom.
I want to reveal the beautiful wallquilt my sister in law made me
I want to reveal my kitchen.
My daughter’s nursery! It’s so dark!
I’d reveal my DIY projects around the house
I’d show off the true colors of my home b/c right now they all seem yellow!!!
I loved how the light bulb transformed the room without the yellowish tint. I would used the reveal bulbs in my living room, Kitchen and bathrooms.
kitchen is my greatest need
I would like to reveal true colors in my bathroom to make makeup application easier.
What a beautiful room. I would love to reveal my new paint in my living room with GE reveal® lighting.
I want to reveal my sewing desk in the basement! It’s dark down there, I need some light!
If I reveal my dining room will it make my dinners taste better? That would be fun – I do see the difference between the yellow lighting and agree it’s time to change! truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com
I really want to reveal the beautiful wall displays we have created in our book room.
It’s amazing what some decent light will do for a place. I hate going somewhere and there’s not enough light–enough good light–and I can’t see! Okay, I’ll admit, my bedroom is one of these places. I have to take clothing out into the hallway to see if a certain pair of pants are dark blue or brown.
My living room needs revealing.
I want to reveal the awesome textures in my living room.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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I want to reveal a cheerful, welcoming living room.
I’m so happy to find this!The lighting in my new home had been on my mind quite a bit lately! I’ve had the suspicion that my lighting was contributing to my new headaches. I find that during the day I feel much better with our great-room skylights, but at night I’m noticing eyestrain and headaches. Reveal light could work wonders! Such a subtle change made a big difference in your room.
PS We love the Little Blue Truck book at our house too!
My daughter’s play room.
I’d like to reveal the area near the fireplace in the living room since it’s pretty dark and not well lighted and it’s hard to see the pictures/artwork around there when the sun isn’t lighting up the room.
I want to reveal my too-dark family room that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight.
i’d like to see my book page better and would love the new ‘color’
I’d like to reveal our family room. My family and I spend most of our time in this room and this room can really use help with it’s lighting.
Thanks so much.
I often spend hours at my home computer, so anything that reduces eye strain is welcomed.
I’d love to reveal more light in my kitchen space.
I would like to reveal a nice painting I got for Christmas.
I want to light up my knitting nook! It’s too dark and I’m straining my eyes while I knit
I’d like to reveal our living room with GE Reveal lighting because we spend a lot of time in this room.
I’d like to reveal my favorite picture of my little boy!
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I want to reveal my loft area that overlooks my living room.
I want to reveal my new beautiful bed linens in my bedroom.
I would reveal my living room. It’s a little too dark in that room.
i really need to get better lighting for my living room – those bulbs really make a difference
i posted a tweet here:
I want to reveal under kitchen cabinet lights.
I would like to give my girls room a little more light for when they are doing their homework. Thank you!
I want (need?) to reveal things better in the bathroom.
I’d love to reveal my living room in better lighting, as it is the focal point of my house. 🙂
I want to reveal the splendid colors in our wall paintings
i want to reveal my lovely dining room set with some cool new lighting
I want to reveal better lighting in our bedroom. We have a loft and the lighting is terrible.
I would like to reveal our family room. We play our family nights games in this room and could really use better lighter.
The makeover is really uplifting…so light and bright!
I want to reveal the puzzles that my husband and I love to put together.
i would used it my livingroom
I would love to “reveal” the character of our unique older home.
I want to reveal my kitchen as it’s dark
kport207 at gmail dot com
I want to reveal my fireplace with it’s beautiful glass etched fireplace cover . It is a dark wall with little natural light in the room .
I would love to reveal the kitchen and dining room! I spend tons of time cooking and sometimes it gets dark, especially at night. We could use some better lighting!
I would LOVE to reveal my daughters room! She is creative with her decoration and artwork and it would be great to highlight it so you can really see it all 🙂
Tweeted 🙂 – https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/570556134827761664
I’d love to reveal my living room! It’s way too dark in there!
I would love to reveal my bedroom ! There is only one light source, so I don’t see anything at night. I would love to have a nice and natural light.
My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/570922119518818304
I’d love to reveal my bedroom! My lighting is so old-fashioned.
I’d like to reveal some warmth in our house during these dark winter months!
Looking at these pictures I am glad that I decided to get some lamps and now the lighting is so much better. Pictures show the difference.
Floral patterns cascade throughout my home. Reveal bulbs will highlight my beautiful blue/rose living room rug and the lovely ceramic lamps with their gold/rose pattern that are also in my living room. My bedroom has a green/rose patterned quilt that will come to life with the correct lighting.
Just about every room in my home is in dire need of new or better lighting. My house is SO spotty where lighting is concerned. The worst place is def my bedroom though.
I want to reveal our bath, just to dim in there
I actually need better lighting in my house..unfortunately it is so dark 🙁
I want to reveal our master bath. I always put makeup on in there and the lighting is just not up to par.
I would like to reveal my kitchen and pantry a bit more. There is not a ton of natural light in these rooms.
I’d like to reveal the dining room since it’s the prettiest.
Wow, those before pictures look like my livingroom. I try to take photos of my dogs and so often they just don’t come out. We have an overhead light, but that is too harsh – pretty much the only time I turn it on is when I “have” to get a picture of something. I’d love some of these bulbs to light up my livingroom. Not to mention the 10 (??!!) recessed bulbs in my kitchen!
I would love to reveal my living room with GE Reveal lighting!
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I would love to bring more light into my living room, it would look perfect.
I want to reveal my pergo floor
For some reason the sidebar advertisement for GE Reveal caught my eye today while I was searching for a recipe. I believe the words ‘lighting makeover’ and the before and after pictures of the lighted living room brought me here. I can relate to dealing with that yellow lighting especially in the winter when lighting here in New England is a minimum this time of year. The thought of brightening up my living space makes me smile. Maybe instead of crawling into bed early the brighter lighting will give me reason to read more, or work on a project or do some art work. I am also wondering if my mornings will be ‘sunnier’. I so dislike waking up before daylight. I am definitely going to try these GE reveal bulbs. I guess I will be patient to see if I win some $$ before purchasing! Thank you for the opportunity!
We need new lighting in our craft room!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Our baby’s room.
Our living room needs better lighting.
Good lighting does make a huge difference.
I want to reveal my home office area, it’s too dark the way it is right now.
I would like to fix and install a new lighting system in my living room.
I need to try these light bulbs in my family room. It’s just too dark.
I would like to reveal my kitchen workspace so I can see what I’m doing.
With improved lighting, I’d like to reveal our art work.
I would love to reveal my bathroom vanity better with GE
I would like to reveal my home office, there’s only one window and it does not have very good overhead lighting!
I want to reveal what I’m trying to read
I would like to reveal the living room so we can see each other better when we have company.
I would love to reveal my bedroom.
I would reveal an awesome drawing my daughter did that I had framed and is on the wall.
I’d like to reveal my dining room.
I would want to reveal some of the funny antics our pets do 🙂
I want to reveal my family portraits
I want to reveal my bedroom, it has low light and seems dreary most of the time.
I want to reveal my living room
I would like to reveal my master bedroom with new GE lighting
I sent a tweet: https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/572085828928737280
I want to reveal my kitchen.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO BRIGHTEN UP THE KIDS ROOM. SHE LIKES BRIGHT COLORS AND HAS MORALS ACROSS THE WALL. IT’D LOOK FANTASTIC!
I’d love GE spotlights to reveal the lovely foliage outside the front of my home. Aside from added beauty at night, it would help prevent break-ins!
Thanks for a great giveaway.
I’d just love to reveal the fact that we have dark wood furniture in our living room. Our lighting consists of one table lamp that throws out very yellow lighting and one ceiling fan light. The ceiling fan light is hardly ever on but the lamp that sits in the corner on a bookshelf is always on and always throwing out yellow lighting….dim yellow lighting. So, it would be nice to have better lighting to actually see that our living space does have pretty furniture. We just can’t tell at the moment.
I would like to reveal my kitchen, it is very dreary now.
My bathroom needs new lights to
bring some life into the room.
I want to reveal my kitchen area above my sink. Thank you
My kitchen can be a bit dark and these lights will help make it better.
Thanks for the contest.
would love to reveal our beautiful hardwood floors and the wood accents throughout the house
my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:
my makeup area!
I’d like to reveal my bedroom’s true colors.
I want to reveal a brighter and more open living room for reading
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I want to reveal the artwork in my home.
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com
I would like reveal all the amenities of my kitchen with better lighting.
I publicly Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/versatileer/status/572189298549772288
I’d love to reveal my fabulous living room decor!
I have a reading nook in desperate need of some new lighting! I want to reveal that so I can enjoy it!
I want to reveal my lovely living room!
I want to reveal the fabulous look of our bedroom.
I want to reveal my cave like bedroom, it’s always so dark.
I would reveal a better reading area in the famliiy room.
I want to reveal my playroom and familyroom we spend the most time in those two rooms
My living room room needs to be Revealed, its a sad place right now
I want to reveal a brand new bedroom