Light fixtures are like the cherries on ice cream sundaes, the bacon bits on a creamy potato soup, or the avocado on a Cobb salad. They aren’t absolutely required, but they give that extra punch or flavor. However, if the base of the dish isn’t good, the topping goes unnoticed. Catch my drift? That being said, I don’t at all think the light fixture bombs the room. I think it has potential to, but in most circumstances, it only adds to or enhances what you’re trying achieve versus taking from it. A very bold exception to this would be a 1990s brass flush mount.
When you are selecting a style or color, you want to pay attention to the design theme you have already created. A midcentury, exposed Edison bulb fixture would look odd in a traditional, formal, living room. You can certainly play with your overall design and by no means, do you want matchy-matchy. I am big on the unexpected! I love that element of surprise! I am just saying you don't want it to stick out like a sore thumb.
Also, be mindful of the metal. You don’t want to have polished nickel, black iron, and oil rubbed bronze all going on in one small space.
So without further ado, the black iron chandelier.
This is gorgeous and has an elegance from the swoops of the iron, yet not overly dressy. I think at first glance it goes modern farmhouse, but ladies, it certainly doesn’t have to be (like shown to the right)! Pottery Barn sells it for $500, which isn’t bad in the grand scheme of things.
Here is the exciting little lighting secret... World Market!!!
If you are renovating or updating on a budget or you just want to save money where you really don’t have to spend it like me, World Market sells a very similar option for $170! In fact, I like it better. Shhhhh, don’t tell Pottery Barn, because I really love their stuff. Mad skills. Pottery Barn’s is about 4 inches taller, but only 1 inch larger in diameter, which to me, matters more. That height isn’t worth $370. Not in this circumstance anyways.
This black beauty would be perfect in a dining room or foyer. It is grand enough for either, yet subtle enough for lower ceilings.
Next up is a Modular Bulb chandelier
World Market’s is $250 as compared to restoration hardware at a whopping number I can’t even mention. Again, not a hater at all. It's just that there are one too many zeros in that number for an RH stamp on it.
P.S. I adore gold. In jewelry and home interiors. Like a perfectly mild, brushed gold. It is such a fun, surprise metal and I totally believe you can mix it in! (I think another fun and easy way to sneak it in is on the kitchen cabinet hardware.)
Below is a picture of it in a client's home I worked on last spring. This dining room was part of an entire main floor design plan. As pictured, I paired it with a farm table which was originally a dark brown but was painted white during the project. We bought an antique buffet painted this amazing green/blue color. It was killer. Not what you’d expect, but totally worked! This was a perfect blend of two styles.
Lastly, wood bead chandeliers.
These are so versatile and can be hung in a bedroom, dining room, kitchen island (typically you'd do 2 depending on how large your island is and style of light), or an office! And oh my goodness, those white beads in a bright bathroom, ALL the heart eyes!!! I think you can dress them up or dress them down. Click the links below the pictures to see all the details. The woods can vary, so be mindful of that when selecting yours!
- Traditional wood bead chandelier is delicate and pretty. "Corinne" $250
- Heavy wood bead cone chandelier. $200 or $270
- Pottery Barn’s white, layered, wood bead option is a stunner. I will say, theirs standouts but you pay for it. You have to decide if it is a splurge for you or not! $799
- Turquoise wood bead cone is a fun and super unique fixture, if you use, you have to send me a picture of it hung! $300
I know I only covered chandeliers today, but I really like pendants, sconces, and lamps, too! All in due time. Overstock and even Home Depot have great options that look amazing and can give a space more depth and character than a standard, nickel fixture. World Market is a great place to start, but their selection is small, so if they don’t knock it out, move on to the others. I think it will help your search be less overwhelming!
Just for fun... this is a World Market chandelier in my cuurent dining room. The picture quality is poor, so sorry! This fixture is no longer available. I still really like it! It's wood bead and black iron mixed.
***This is not a paid ad for World Market Cost Plus, I am just a fangirl***