Three words that make me shudder: builder grade lighting. As much as I love our house, that’s the same amount that I hate the ugly light fixtures that came with it. But as excited as I am to replace every single one, I quickly learned that doing so would get very expensive in the blink of an eye, or the flick of a switch. I’m sorry.
So instead, I’ve opted to replace each light fixture as I finish decorating the room it’s in. A will still groan at the money we’re spending, but only a little bit at a time. So far the only light we’ve replaced is the one in the downstairs guest room, but it is definitely one that fits with the rustic feel I’m going for.
I would not be opposed to purchasing the same light for other rooms in the house, especially where we want to keep the ceiling as high as possible. A may have other opinions, especially as the person who had to install it.
My next target are the lights in the main room: living room mushroom light, kitchen pendants and light over the dining table. Since these will all be visible at the same time, I want to make sure they go together, but they don’t necessarily need to match perfectly.
I really like the natural wood tones of 2 and 3, but love the shape of the first option, especially if they were individual pendant lights over the island. Part of my would really like a ceiling fan for the living room, but have yet to find one short enough to not block the TV and attractive enough to not stick out like a sore thumb.
I could actually see the third one in our entryway (which surprise surprise needs a new light) as well, especially if I found something closer to the second option for over the dining table. The real question now becomes where do I find rustic lighting that doesn’t break the bank?