Back when we bought this house, the front, more formal dining room had an incredibly gaudy light fixture. It wasn’t anywhere near our style, and it hung about 40 inches from the floor. Super strange.
After bumping into it too many times, we took it down and have been living without a light ever since. So glamorous, we are.
And then we changed out the doors for a window.
And pulled off all the sheetrock, making the dining room look even more amazing…ly neglected.
Right now we’ve got patched sheetrock walls, in need of a coat of knock down texture (to match the original walls) and then trim, primer, and paint.
Getting my butt moving on this has made me want to finish the damn room already. I’ve got a plan for new curtains, and I’ve told myself I need to pick out a light. After more than two years without. Problem is, I’m terribly conflicted as to what I want. Maybe I haven’t found the one yet and that’s my problem. At any rate here’s what I know I do, or in some cases, don’t, want.
No bare or exposed bulbs. While I think this fixture from Crate and Barrel is beautiful, I’m not sure the exposed bulbs would offer the warm, inviting glow we want.
Which brings me to my next check point; soft, diffused light. We had a cheaper down cast barn style design and hated how it directed the light. So, nothing harsh or only down directed.
I love dome pendants, but the light is directed down. So something like this probably wouldn’t work either.
Preferably two or more bulbs, but it has to be a single box installation. Which brings me to my internal debate. Do I go with a classic drum shade? Like West Elm’s Short 25.5 inch diameter drum pendant in natural for $150:
Or the Oversized Equator pendant, which is the widest at almost 35 inches in diameter and priced at $199.
Or a similar option at sister store Crate and Barrel, also $199, but smaller at 28 inch diameter.
We had the Eden pendant in our last dining room and loved it.
If a drum shade, I’m kind of leaning toward a natural linen look over a bright white. Question is, would a round shade look strange over a seven foot, three inch long by four foot wide rectangular table? Even if it is 35 inches wide? It certainly would be nice to have a round shape to soften the hard lines of the table and chairs.
On the other hand, a longer, rectangular fixture would look more proportiante with the table. Like West Elm’s Rectangle Capiz in gray for only $175, but it might be too frilly when paired with a Mission style table…
In terms of color, this four bulb dark fixture would pair nicely with the entry light across the room. And the shades point the light up, so that would work.
A rectangular fabric covered shade kind of marries the drum shade and rectangular design. At $250, it isn’t that much more expensive than the other options, either.
Decisions, decisions. What’s a girl to do? Which would you choose? Feel free to share lights not on the list, too.