It is amazing to me what a difference the right light fixture can make in a room or in our case how bad the wrong one looked.
We have been gradually updating the fifteen-year-old home we bought a year a half ago and the guest bathrooms were at the top of our list.
I forgot to take "after" pictures before we headed up north so I will feature the full reveal later. In the meantime, I wanted to share my lighting success story.
The bathroom fixture in this bathroom was the typical contractor-grade light which could be purchased at any big box store across America. Not only was it a yawn but it was undersized. This is a fairly good sized bath area and it needed more light than the existing three bulb number was providing.
I found my perfect fixture at a better than perfect price on Amazon. I only paid $150 for this light with my Prime account. It seemed like I was hemorrhaging money with all of the changes we were making to the house and even though I wanted a good looking fixture I was hoping I wouldn't have to pay a handsome price. It must have been a closeout because I tried to purchase a second, slightly shorter one for the other guest bath and it was almost five hundred dollars. In fact, I keep checking back and I see that the light I did purchase is now retailing for over seven hundred dollars! Yikes. Knowing I scored such a winning deal makes me love my purchase just that much more.
It's true. One project just seems to lead to another. When we walked through this house the first time, we thought that we would only need to change up some of the paint colors and add the furniture. Instead, every time I check off one project, another one takes its place. Case in point, we fell in love with all the moldings in this house, but don't you agree that the can light in this junction, between the back and main hallways, looks a bit underdressed? It is calling out for a drop down light fixture.
Looking down the back hallway toward the garage.
Looking up. This is where we would like to add a new fixture.
Once we decided this is what we needed we were off to the lighting stores.
There was so MUCH to choose from. I quickly became confused. When we purchased this home I thought I wouldn't have to make many fixture changes because I liked the lighting here or at least I liked it well enough...until I saw what else is out there.
The existing fixtures in our home lean to the traditional. I like the foyer piece but the dining room chandelier looks a bit tired.
My dilemma is do I add a fixture in this back hallway that is similar in style to what is at the front of the house, or do I think about eventually replacing those fixtures also and go with what I love?
The next problem is that I love so many different styles. How will I ever decide on just one?
This rope wrapped design brings in a nautical flavor. I really like the clean lines and the fact that there aren't any shades to keep clean but has this look been over done?
The bleached look and wooden beads give this fixture a coastal vibe and the curved lines keep it from being too rustic for the space.
This piece is too casual for the front of the house but the bamboo element combined with a classic chandelier shape makes it a definite contender.
Anterior's Louis design is a nice cross between tropical and transitional.
This Wampum Shell Chandelier by Currey and Co. makes me swoon when I zoom in on the details. I would love it over the dining room table.
I've seen this coral inspired chandy, also by Currey and Co at two different stores. It is magnificent, but I wonder, is it classic or would I tire of it?
It is available in a couple of sizes. The small could be fun in that back hallway. The large is grand enough to go in the dining room.
When I saw this embellished Southhampton fixture from Anteriors, it reminded me of what is on our lanai. Very pretty.
We saw this open lantern style Bamburgh chandelier at the lighting store and it was amazing AND it was on sale. The scale of this piece, 29x48, is what makes it dramatic. Let's just say I'm still thinking about it.
This last piece from Chelsea House, made my heart skip a beat. I think the price might make M's heart stop. Definitely too much for a back hallway.
So for now, I will just write this post and give it some more thought.