21 IKEA Lighting Ideas That Totally Transform a Room

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Without a doubt, lighting is one of the most transformative things you can do in a room, but that doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune on it. Just like all those clever IKEA hacks that turn something simple into something incredibly chic, IKEA lighting can take any space from bland to statement-making at the flick of a switch.

Whether you need upgraded floor lighting or you want to transform a space with a pendant light, there are a lot of options even on a budget.

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Add Natural Texture

Ikea light

Dee Campling

If there's one IKEA pendant lamp we see time and time again, it's the Sinnerlig. This woven beauty is handcrafted from sustainable bamboo, so every shade emits its own unique quality. The soft, glowing light from this lovely lamp is the perfect welcome home. It works wonderfully in a living room, nursery, bedroom or even over a dining table.

IKEA Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp $70.00
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Consider Metallic Accents

Sara Medina Lind

This stylish spotlight is ideal for reading in bed. It can be clipped onto a piece of furniture or it can be mounted on a wall for a scone-type look. We love the chic metallic touch on the industrial piece, too.

IKEA Ranarp Wall Clamp Spotlight $20.00
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Create Intimacy

Fantastic Frank

Small homes usually combine two spaces in one, just like this small dining room and kitchen. Lighting is key if you want to blend the two seamlessly, and the Melodi pendant lamp is great for bringing directed light into the space that's still soft and atmospheric. It's just big enough to add task lighting, but not oversized for small spaces.

IKEA Melodi Pendant Lamp $10.00
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Stay Whimsical

Daniella Witte for Elle Decoration Sweden

Kids' rooms are typically jam-packed with personality and a lot of fun. They're the one place where you throw out the rule book and combine patterns, color, and kitsch with flair. This looks great, and the kids love it, of course, but in order to rein it all in under the stylish umbrella (and make sure it still blends with the rest of the house), insert a Regolit pendant paper shade. It's only $5, yet it instantly elevates the room while giving it a subtle glow.

IKEA Regolit Paper Pendant Lamp $5.00
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Try a Simple Floor Lamp


Decorative floor lamps are a great way to accent an empty corner or tricky space. This stylish option gives a modern factory-like appeal with its adjustable arm and metallic accents. The Ranarp floor lamp can turn a tricky corner into a cute reading nook, too. 

For nice ambiance, incorporate multiple sources of lighting like overhead, task and floor lamps.

IKEA Ranarp Floor and Reading Lamp $50.00
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Make a Statement

Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen for Norm.Architects

If you're looking for dynamic lighting with a dash of feminine flair, reach for the stunning Grimsas pendant lamp during your next IKEA visit. This pendant is creative and gives any room an artsy, modern feel. It's eye-catching and affordable and we love it in nearly any home.

IKEA Grimsas Pendant Lamp $60.00
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Add Industrial Flair


Subway tiles, warm wood accents, a touch of greenery, and hip hanging pendant lamps give this urban kitchen the stylish green light. The slate shade of the Hektar pendant is subtle, but the style is a standout. It is the perfect mix of industrial and modern, but simple enough for any style of home.

IKEA Hektar Pendant Lamp $60.00
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Create a Cozy Reading Nook

James Henry for Homes to Love

This simple yet stylish reading nook beckons every eager bookworm to its corner. This large-scale floor lamp adds a touch of 1940s industrial feel to any home. We love it over a reading chair, but it also works wonderfully in a bedroom to help you add just enough lighting for getting ready in the morning.

IKEA Hektar Floor Lamp $50.00
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Embrace Simplicity

Black light over table

Emma Andrews

The SKURUP lamp is simple but eye-catching. The rustic black metal design works well in modern farmhouse homes or modern spaces. It plays well with neutral accents, but can also hold its own in a home filled with more striking pieces, too.

Ikea black lamp
IKEA Skurup Pendant Light $15.00
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Bring in a Vintage Feel

Bathroom with a light above mirror


The simple, round look of the Frihult makes it the perfect sconce for the bathroom. It adds just enough light, but it's not large so it's better for small bathrooms. Hang a few in a row for larger bathrooms. It also works wonderfully in an entryway or a hallway and comes in gold or black, too.

IKEA Frihult $25.00
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Add a Touch of Coastal Design

Room with ikea light

Maria Lazaro

The modern coastal look is huge right now and this lamp from IKEA is the perfect way to embrace it. Made from natural bamboo, the Misterhult is perfect for a bedroom or over a dining table. It's medium-sized so it works best for smaller rooms, but it throws enough light to keep your room bright.

Ikea misterhult lamp
IKEA Misterhult $60.00
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Create a Soft Glow

Bamboo light over a table

Haymount Homes

Here's another IKEA lamp that works wonderfully in any style home. This bamboo pendant offers a more vertical shape so it's great for creating the illusion of taller ceilings. It adds a nice, warm glow to any room.

IKEA Knixhult $40.00
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Add Pattern

Ikea lamp in an office

Twenty Four Central

The Nymo lamp shape is versatile–you can use it on a floor lamp, table lamp, or as a pendant. In this cozy little office, the graphic pattern on the shape adds a lot of depth and creates more visual interest.

Ikea lamp shade
IKEA Nymo $30.00
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Spruce Up an Entryway

Ikea black lamp


One of the easiest ways to create a wonderful entryway is by swapping out a basic flush mount light for a pendant light. This woven lamp shade adds a lot of visual interest, but it is simple enough that it won't overwhelm a small space.

IKEA black lamp
IKEA Luftmassa $33.00
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Use Natural Materials

Natural pendant over a table

Haley Mitchell

If you love the shape of a vintage industrial lamp, but you want something a little more natural than metal, consider the Gottorp. This bamboo pendant shade offers a traditional look and feel with a more neutral flair.

IKEA Bamboo lamp
IKEA Gottorp $30.00
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Add a Mid-Century Feel

Light in a kitchen


The Simrishamn lamp offers a modern look that can give any room a mid-century feel. The three-armed pendant is eye-catching but subtle enough to work in even more muted spaces.

Ikea pendant
IKEA Simrishamn $60.00
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Try a Seagrass Shade

Seagrass pendant light

Jennifer Close

Whether you want to give your home a beachy look and feel or you're simply drawn to natural materials like seagrass, the Torared lampshade is a great option for any home. Perfect for over a dining table or in the center of a bedroom, this shade adds loads of texture to your home.

Ikea seagrass shade
IKEA Torared $20.00
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Get Inspired by Space

Ikea pendant

Sam Bar LTD

The IKEA PS 2014 pendant light was inspired by sci-fi movies and it's clear why. This unique light gives off major '60s space vibes and is incredibly eye-catching. It's a great way to transform a simple, small bedroom and make it feel complete.

IKEA PS 2014
IKEA IKEA PS 2014 $60.00
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Update the Traditional Chandelier

Ikea lamp

Largs Bay Build

If you love a traditional chandelier but want something a bit more modern, consider the Felsisk lamp. This four-light fixture is incredibly modern with some classic details. The horizontal shape is perfect for above an island or a peninsula.

IKEA Felsisk $100.00
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Focus on Task Lighting

Chair with a white light

Hyggelig House

The Nymane floor lamp is perfect for those spaces where you really need extra, focused light but you don't want a lamp that will take up too much visual space. It's simple and understated and works well in minimalist homes.

IKEA floor lamp
IKEA Nymane $40.00
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Update Your Flush Mount

Black flush mount light

Our first Gibson family home

If you want to throw a lot of light in your room, a LED flush mount light is a great choice. But it doesn't have to be boring. The Raksta is a great option to provide a lot of light with a modern look and feel.

IKEA Raksta $35.00