5 Lighting Choices for the Dining Room

We've made a lot of progress in our Dining Room. Today you are getting a sneak peek, and I hope to share much more in the next couple weeks. At this point our remaining big "to do" is choosing lighting.

Currently an old ceiling fan hangs in the center of the room, over the table. The placement of the fixture is perfect; but the style is not. It's not incredibly bright, which I imagine is due to the frosted shades. So in terms of a new fixture we have two main goals:
The room is painted grey and a creamy white; contrasted with warm, wood tones and several pops of green.

I'd call the room "transitional" since some of the pieces in the room have classic lines {like the wingback chair and wood furniture} but the accessories are modern in style. The home has a traditional feel in the crown molding, trim and baseboards throughout. We've been trying to balance that with our modern, casual, industrial aesthetic -- going for a modern farmhouse style, like in our recently finished bathroom renovation

The lighting in this room will be a big part of completing this space and giving it a modern vibe. Here are a few styles we are considering along with the pros and cons of each. I'm using options from One Kings Lane, both chandeliers and pendants.

As a Note: If you aren't familiar with OKL, they offer flash deals and have a wide selection of products. Therefore the inventory and prices change regularly -- so I'm not really factoring price into these choices. Once we determine the style we like,  a similar option at a different price point could be offered in the coming weeks. Plus, it's just a great place to find inspiration and hone in on your style. I love the variety of styles that they offer, including both new and vintage products.

#1 Industrial Pendant

Factory 1-Light Pendant

Mike and I both like industrial-style pendants. However, they typically aren't large {this one is only 9" in diameter} and use only 1 bulb. I think this would look great in a set of 3 over a kitchen island; but I'm not convinced it's the best option for a dining room.

# 2 Industrial Chandelier

Downtown 10-Light Chandelier

This chandelier offers an industrial vibe like the pendant, but includes 10-bulbs. With an option like this, we definitely would not have to worry about a lack of light. If anything, it might be too bright since we only have 8 foot ceilings. Installing a dimmer switch might be an easy way to fix that, and still get the industrial look, large size {30" in diameter} and plenty of light that an option like this would offer.

#3 Rustic Chandelier

Winchester 1-Light Chandelier

These have been really popular lately and I've seen plenty of DIY versions, as well. I think a wooden bead chandelier is beautifully rustic. However, we've already got wood beams and wood furniture in this room, so I'm concerned it may be too much of the same texture and tone. Plus, these are typically 1 bulb fixtures.

#4 Modern Crystal Chandelier

Stella 6-Light Chandelier

This light has the classic chandelier feature -- crystals -- but in a modern way. The round shape, mixed with the capiz shells feels modern and glamorous as opposed to traditional and formal. It's a 6-bulb light and I think the crystal would reflect the light in a lovely way, without making the room feel dark. However a large, 20" in diameter, crystal fixture doesn't come cheap.

#5 Modern Fretwork Pendant

36" Don't Fret! Pendant

I like the classic feel of this design, but in a bold color with modern bulbs behind open fretwork. The emerald color would make it a statement piece and the large size {36" in diameter} is great. 

So what do you think? What style are you drawn too?

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