Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In Need of a Little Guidance

Two posts in a row, I know, terrifyingly on top of things. But I could use everyone's help with a little dilemma.That sounds dramatic, like I want weigh in on a career change or whether or not I should have kids, but its really very simple: I am torn on what light to put in our front hall. I know, really important shit we are dealing with here.

All the same, if you like pretty things, home decor, or just giving your opinion whenever asked (or not asked), here's your chance.

So right now, our hallway looks like this...

But eventually, the plan is to remove that awful printed grandma-paper (yea for the last of the horrifying paper!) and do something much more sleek. I've been  thinking wainscoting the walls (which is this for those who aren't decor-porn voyeurs or woodsworking geniuses....)

It shouldn't be a difficult project, especially in comparison to making a table! But that might not happen right away. Not sure what color would be painted on top, something neutral like this?

Or some great, brave contrast like this?

I would tend to lean towards the later, especially as I would want the wainscoting to go about 3/4 the way up. 

But anyway, on to the lighting.... 

With that more neutral space in mind (and a mid-century credenza which will either be a dark wood finish or painted some amazing color like green or red), here's my options... 

#1. School House

This is both elegant and retro, which would fit the space well. But it doesn't WOW me the way I would have anticipated, but then again its not installed, so....  $70 from Home Depot, btw. 


#2. Natural fibers


Its earthy and unique and will probably make a cool pattern on the wall. Its not my immediate favorite of the bunch, but I have a feeling it would be gorgeous and a real eye-catcher when installed. 
$90 from Light in the Box


#3. Retro Orb

(should be plain white all around - not sure what happened to this pic) 

Pretty popular right now, these are both modern and retro at the same time. Great, simple design with a wow factor and lots of light. $76 from Lowes. Similar option at Ikea for $40. 


(Ok, so its not an orb, but its close enough) 

#4. Architectural and Traditional 

A traditional lantern is not lost on me. I like the square, architectural interest with  this one as well as the stunning, glossy black. 

$84 from Lowes


#5. Colorful Industrial 

I love the idea of the bright color up above. I think its a very playful spin on industrial chic. But its very industrial. It would probably be very cute up there, and an eye-catcher, but I'm not convinced yet its the best option. Maybe you, or this inspiration, will convince me further... 

$72 and $40, respectively, both from The Lamp Factory


#6. Capiz Orb Pendant

To be honest, this may be my favorite. You know the saying about when you should leave your favorite.... (last, its save your favorite for last). 

I like the orb shape - something I'm more drawn to. I like the natural component of the capiz and how it will probably diffuse the light. And I love the architectural detail of the black lines. But does three rights make a another right? Not sure... 

$77 from Lowes. 


So there they are, the contenders. Please weigh in! Send me a comment for some sanity that I might be choosing the right one! (White people problems, I know....) 

1 comment:

  1. Okay so here's my 2 cents....

    Since you're going pretty neutral, I lean towards something more interesting... especially since it's one of the first things you'll see as you walk through the door.

    The first one I liked (probably because of the order..) is the natural fibers one. It would definitely be unique and interesting... but I'm also a hippie, so I digress.

    Next one I like was the more traditional lantern... for my future house, I actually envision two lanterns framing double front doors on the outside... so I like the look! I think it feels cozy.

    Finally, I chose what I think combines both of the two types I liked.... it's a little traditional, but definitely eye-catching... the capiz orb pendant! Which also happens to be your favorite ;)
    I wouldn't chose it at first thinking about how you're going to do the walls, but I know you'll add some accents to the space that will make it all tie in beautifully, and make a truly unique space.

    But I know you could do that with the other ones too!
    So there you have it.