Can lights provide good ambient lighting for general purpose use and basic task lighting needs. Most people like can lights because they illuminate a room in an inconspicuous way. They recess into the ceiling, and for the most part blend into their surroundings. Recently in a basement home office, I converted can lights into decorative accent lights using a can of spray paint.
I removed the white can light trims from the can lights and painted them oil rubbed bronze to match the rest of the hardware in the room using a can of Krylon Brushed Metallic spray paint. Once they were dry, I popped them back into the can light housings. Here’s how they turned out:
Can lights aren’t going to take over the accent/decorative lighting market any time soon, but there may be a room in your house where giving the can lights some color is just the right touch. Spray paint is available in several textures and finishes. Check out all the options at your local home center or paint store.
DIY Material Cost Breakdown
- Can of Krylon Brushed Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint $5