Last Updated on January 14, 2019 by Kristi Linauer
My hallway is kind of a sore subject with me right now, so I’d like to think of happy things, like decorating my living room and entryway and finding the perfect lighting for my credenza (yes, it’s a dresser) in the entryway. Right now, the wall just to the left when you walk through my front door looks like this…
It’s a good start, but obviously it’s not finished. It needs some accessories, some lighting, perhaps a plant or two.
As far as lighting goes, I really have my heart set on pendant lights. I’ve wanted pendant lights on that wall for well over a year now, and I’m still really set on the idea. Here’s why:
- Table lamps would cover up too much of the artwork, and I don’t like buffet lamps (those tall-ish, skinny lamps that sit on a tabletop or buffet).
- Wall sconces would mess up my grasscloth.
- Wall sconces would attach to the same plane as the artwork, which creates no visual interest or depth in my opinion. It would just be a row of five things hung on the wall.
- I love (no, I need symmetry), which could also be created with floor lamps, but floor lamps are larger and two flanking the credenza would start to look busy and cluttered.
- I love pendant lights. I can place them wherever I want, solving problem #1. Problem #2 wouldn’t be an issue. Since they’re attached to the ceiling, they create depth and interest, solving problem #3. And they’re not as big as floor lamps, solving problem #4.
For those of you who say you like to hear my thought processes when making decisions, there you have it. 😀 I really do think through these things. Sometimes quite obsessively. (Okay, most of the time, if I’m honest.)
But after looking at hundreds of pendant lights online, I’ve learned that my taste in pendant lights is really quite narrow. And since I want two of them, I’m having a hard time finding something in that very narrow field that fits my taste and is priced just right so that I feel okay buying two of them.
I’ve realized that I don’t like any lights with crystal clear glass where you can see the light bulbs. I don’t want to see my light bulbs. I also don’t like any that are made of a material that’s so thick and dense that light can’t pass through. So there will be no ceramic, or concrete, or solid wood shades. Those are pretty, but I need at least some light to be able to shine through the shades.
So here are a few that I’ve found that I really like. The first one is a very pretty capiz flower pendant light from Pottery Barn Kids.
I did a really fast (and not very good) mock up to see what those might look like…
I’m quite certain I didn’t get the scale right. 😀 Those lights are 13″ diameter and 11.25″ high. They’re $199 each, and I’ll admit that I have a hard time with the idea of spending almost $400 on pendant lights. And as much as I love those lights, I’m not sure that’s the right spot for them. I think they’d look amazing as bedside lighting in a bedroom, though. I’ve had my eye on that pendant light for a couple of months now, and I’d love to find a use for it in my house.
But for this area, I kind of think something simpler in design, with a fabric shade, might be preferable. It doesn’t get any simpler than Pottery Barn’s classic linen shade pendant light.
Here’s a mock up I did with those pendants…
Those come in two different sizes, and I haven’t measured to see which one would work better for my entryway. But the small is $109, and the large is $169.
As far as simple style pendants with white shades go, this one is my absolute favorite. It’s the first one I chose, and the one I compare all other simple white shade pendants to…
That’s over $200, and 20 inches in diameter on the bottom. Too expensive, and way too big. But I love that simple shade and the gold inside the shade that peeks out just a bit. Here’s how something like that might look…
And finally, I really like these simple tapered metal pendants from Pottery Barn, even though light can’t shine through the metal…
Those come in four colors (including brass, which isn’t shown above) and two sizes. The small is $99, and the large is $139. The brass in my entryway would look something like this…
I really love how those look. Light can’t shine through the shades, but I think I made an exception for these just because I love brushed brass finishes so much. But as much as I like these, I really do think a white fabric shade is the better choice. So if I can’t find exactly what I want in the right price range, I might have to just buy all of the parts and put my own pendant lights together using my favorite elements of all of the lights above.
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