One of the items on my list is to pick out a dining room light fixture. Our dining room has a flat roof with no attic space above so the possibility of can lights is out and we currently have this horrible 70's style, stained glass, dome light/fan thing going on now, reminiscent of something you would find over a pool table in a badly designed pub and it just has to go. Here's the thing, I am baaaaad at making decisions - and so is Mike. Once we do finally decide on something, we often change our mind about it once we have it. I think it's the downfall of being passionate about interior design and having so much access to great design blogs and sites like Pinterest. I am constantly seeing things I like and thinking to myself - would that look better than what I have now?!
Here are the three options I am currently contemplating:
Industrial style pendants. I definitely like the idea of hanging two together like in this arrangement, with some kind of rope cord, similar to this. These are simple (and cheap) and add a lot to the room without being a focal point. I love how simple the decor is but what a huge style impact the overall room has. Green folding chairs with just the right amount of wear and tear, paired with a wooden dining table and funky vintage accessories against shiny white floors gives the room tons of personality and a sense of playfulness.
Linen Drum Pendants. I have always loved the simplicity of a linen drum pendant. It's really such a timeless lighting choice. West Elm has some great options. In the past they've had more colors to choose from but I really do love this natural linen look. We are considering going with a dark grayish blue or navy color in the dining room and I love the contrast of the natural linen against the dark colors - very dramatic...
Source: West Elm
Oversized and unique pendants. I love this light fixture. It would be super easy to make - it looks like it's a giant Japanese paper lantern paired with a cord light and mounted to the wall - easy and inexpensive. This room has some amazing architectural elements like the medallion on the ceiling and the crown molding which is a great contrast to the more modern paper lantern. This room is a great mix of high end and low end pieces. The paper lantern light fixture and Ikea lamp are inexpensive but look great paired with the vintage chairs and antique wooden cabinet, and that white couch looks sooo cozy!