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Monday, August 24, 2015

Which Lighting Fixture Should I Choose?


With a brand new home you will be getting builder grade lighting. In some cases it can work for the homeowner, however in this homeowners plans it does not quite work.
We won’t be adding, or changing lighting anytime soon since window treatments and backyard landscaping is first on the agenda, but since I am a planner I have been looking already.


The first fixtures that will be on my agenda will be in the main living area, and entry hall.

What I like to do first is just starting saving images of lighting that I like.  I already know that I want oil rubbed bronze/blackish and/or antique brass. I like a mix of both metals.

Traditional Urban Hanging Pendant
I like the simplicity and the finish of this fixture.


Since black and white are staples in my home I loved the sophisticated look of this fixture. My reluctance is that it will be surrounded by white and I am wondering if it will show as well without some color around it.
Hudson Valley Dresden 12 Inch Mini Pendant | HudsonValleyLightingShop.com

This has the combination of the brass and oil rubbed bronze/blackish metals that I love. It is unusual and eye catching. I see this as a transitional piece that can cross over to contemporary or traditional.
Three Light Pendant

I like the shape of this fixture and the metal cage that looks as if is holding the globe. I think I would like it even more if the globe was smooth glass instead of indentations, looking somewhat like a pumpkin in my minds eye.

Savoy House Lighting 7-3300-1-28 Casual Lifestyles 1 Light Foyer Pendant and Clear Glass Shade, Oiled Burnished Bronze Finish

I like the simplicity of this one and the smooth glass. It is 22 in. in length so I am a bit concerned that might be too long even though I do have 10ft ceilings.

Charleston 13 1/2" Wide Clear Glass Pendant

I like everything about this fixture, simple, yet interesting. I think if the ball at the top were brass this just might be a slam dunk for me. I could use antique brass cream to change it out. I am always afraid I will mess it up.

Industrial Classic Rivet Pendant- Large

Black, white and antique brass!! It is not a Hicks pendant by Thomas O’brien, but it does have a similar look and the price is a lot less and more doable.

large hicks pendant
item # TOB5063 
Designer Thomas O'Brien

Height: 17 1/2" *
Width: 12 1/2"

I think this is just about perfect, but it is also almost twice the price of the other pendant. I like the globe and the color of the antique brass on this light better.

I have found I like several of the fixtures designed by Thomas O’Brien.

This last image is a picture of a fixture I have talked myself in and out of several times so I thought I would show you.......

Superior Moravian Star Light

This fixture has been around for quite awhile now and is somewhat trendy, but to be honest it is a trend I have always loved. I am not sure I can tie it in with the overall look of the rest of my lighting.

There are a few things to consider before making a final selection for my entry fixture.

1. How will it relate to the lantern I want to hang on my front porch.

2. Since you walk into the kitchen/greatroom from the entry it needs to have some style reference to the fixtures in that part of the house.

3. The wall and ceiling treatment in the entry will determine what will work best.You can read about some of my plans HERE!!


We will be taking a look at the kitchen fixtures!

Stay tuned for my next post!


Pjwilb said...

I love the brassy gold one on the top. I do love the stars and have one myself over my breakfast table and people always seem pleasantly surprised when they see it so, overall, it receives a positive attitude. I always like a little whimsy thrown in for surprise. I bet you are getting so excited to move into your beautiful new home, Kathy Sue. What fun!

Mary said...

I had the star pendant years ago. The shadows it created on the walls & ceiling were distracting. And it was difficult to clean all the little glass panes. I eventually gave it away.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

You've found some very attractive lights. In like the combo of the dark bronze and brass.
As a side note- I had the cutest mini chandelier in a bathroom. I ended up removing it after a couple of years because the top is open and dust constantly found it's way in there. I didn't like having to get on a ladder to take it apart to clean it.


I can't even make decisions for my own house:) One thing to consider is how pretty the star fixture would look lighted up in the evening!

designchic said...

They are all so pretty and don't think you can go wrong with any of them! Have you seen René's post today http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com. I love the way her light fixture looks and thought you could see what it looked like in an actual space. Can't wait to see what you choose!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have one of the Moravian star pendents in an interior hallway, I love them but they can be tricky to place. When lit they send up the most beautiful shadows on the ceiling.

Karena said...

I personally love the first and second fixtures Kathysue! You will have to consider the surrounding area design and colors though!!

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John said...

My choice is the 3rd. from top for it's simplicity and uniqueness. First thought about the star is dusting that little sucker!!! Can't remember if Antioch had a lot of dust but the desert sure does.

Lady of the Manor said...

I think my favorite is #4. I'm really enjoying your posts. We just received our preliminary plans for our new home to be built next spring. It's helpful to read about how you are making decisions.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Its hard to choose without seeing a picture of your entry...the first one looks more like a dining room fixture, but I do like it! Maybe the star light fixture.