As many of you know, PMQ lighting is an oddity. Some rooms have great pocket lights that are flush with the ceilings, others have horrible boob lights that are in an awefull gold finish. And then of course there’s the room with no lighting of its own.
We have all three of those! Our kitchen’s lighting is awesome, but it also has a heinous boob light. The bedrooms have boob lights, and the living room doesn’t have any lighting! It’s a beautiful conundrum.
The dreaded boob lights. They’re like 6$ and you can get them at the Canac, which is probably why they’re all over my house.
But seriously, the ugly lights are everywhere and make everyone look like they’re standing in an ugly change room with fluorescent lighting.
Because we’re on a budget, I can’t just replace all the light fixtures willy-nilly, so I’ve prioritized the rooms to light, and the dining room is numero uno (because there’s no lighting).
So far we have a light on our buffet/entrance table that serves as the main light when the room is not in use, it allows us to transit from the kitchen up the stairs without bumping into things at night. We also have a standing light in the corner of the room behind our bar, which is light during dinner parties or late night board games. We also have TONS of hurricane lanterns with big tapper candles (left over from the altar at our wedding) that serve as mood lighting…or our emergency lighting?
I thought I’d show you some lighting options I’m looking at from three different price points: important, because it shows how you can get very similar things for vastly different prices.
Looking at drums for the space: I like their simplicity, they light evenly, and are easy to clean!
I’ve got these on my mind
(although you could get the 10$ versions too)
OPTION 2: This bad boy from the Canac for 37.95$
OPTION 3: This really nice mosaic overlay option from Overstock for 187.40$
OPTION 4: This dream of a lamp from Overstock for 432.80$
A modern chandelier would offer more stylistic elements and a bit more lighting. Also, chandeliers.
OPTION 2: The IKEA pre-made option for 49.99$
OPTION 3: The Canac option for 77.77$
OPTION 5: This similarly constructed option from Overstock for 287.21$
If I wanted an actual chandelier, something that look really good in the grand stair-case of my mansion one day, I would go for one of these options. I’ll be sure to have my robots clean the crystals and dust the light-bulbs.
OPTION 1: IKEA option for 59.99$
OPTION 2: The Overstock take on a chandelier for 186.10$
OPTION 3: For when I have all the money in the world, THIS for 1232.17$
There are of course many other options for lighting, and I encourage you to shop around! Please, never settle for the 70$ option, if the 30$ one is just as good and a can of spray-paint can do the trick!
I’d love feedback on what you think about them!
One lucky fixture will be going in this space, right over the table, before summer has come!
Thanks for stoping by!