How a Light Fixture Saved the Dining Room

Our dining room needed help. Serious help. It’s one of those rooms that just ended up as the receptacle for décor that didn’t go anywhere else and I was kind of stuck. To take it back to the beginning, this room has had issues. I wish I could find a picture of the heinous wall paper that was here when I moved in. Burgundy floral. Yikes. This room has had the paper removed, floor torn out, joists replaced to make sure the house doesn’t fall in on itself, painted brown (bad, bad decision), painted a bright white. All the while none of it looked good. 

 What was I thinking with this chair?? The whole room looked like poop. 

What was I thinking with this chair?? The whole room looked like poop. 

 My husband, standing on a ladder (in the basement) coming up through the floor in the dining room.

My husband, standing on a ladder (in the basement) coming up through the floor in the dining room.

Even with all these other issues, there was one nagging problem. Our light fixture over the table was absolutely blinding. When you’re at the table with friends or family and enjoying time together, this blinding light did not make you want to hangout and visit. It was so bright and not my style and I had just been living with it because I didn’t know what to do.

 Here it is in all it's glory - this is week 1 of our dining room renovation. 

Here it is in all it's glory - this is week 1 of our dining room renovation. 

My husband and I decided to take on the dining room this winter. This happens every year – we’re bored in January and decide to do something major. I was pinning away on Pinterest and tried multiple colors of paint on the wall, all while incessantly searching for a new light fixture. I was obsessed. I don’t know about you, but finding the right lighting online is so tough. I’m not very good at imagining how big something is in a space. This is definitely why I struggled geometry, I can’t envision it – I need to see it in person. Photos can be so deceiving, and our dining and table are BIG. I wanted a light that didn’t look dinky AND set the tone for the overall style.

There were several other lights that I *almost pulled the trigger on. This is the photo that sent me on a spiral of finding these lights, only to decide that the light pattern it made on the wall would bug me, especially since we most often use the dining room at dinner time. They’re gorgeous, just not right for this room. 

 So dreamy. 

So dreamy. 

After about two months of searching, I finally landed on this drum light from Wayfair. I highly recommend searching Wayfair, Joss & Main, All Modern and Birch Lane. They carry overlapping styles and some things are more expensive on one than the other. I have idea why that’s the case, but I always cross reference prices.

Isn't it pretty??? I'm so happy with how the fixture (and the room) turned out. I guess all that obsessing paid off. ;) This is the light I ultimately chose. It’s the Young 6-Light Drum Pendant from Wayfair. It gives off the most subtle and soft light, but the fixture itself really makes a statement. It’s my favorite part of the room (and there’s so much I really do love!). I’ll give you a full tour of the dining room later, but today it’s all about the lights.

The other awesome lighting store I found during this search was Shades of Light. They have so many beautiful lights and the price point is definitely fair. My last stop was Amazon. I was really surprised at the options and pricing there, too.

Here are a few of the lights that caught my eye and almost made it to my dining room. I think they’re all beautiful. Which do you love? 

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