Nursery Diaries #4 - Lighting Part 1

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So I was contemplating two lighting schemes in the nursery.

One:

I don't love ceiling fans because I have yet to find one that's attractive, and they just get so dirty - partly my fault because, frankly, I don't want to clean them.  All that being said, I've read that it's really good to have a ceiling fan to stir the air around for Bean's breathing comfort, and the one in this pic is pretty unique.  {Plus, isn't that ceiling perfect?}

Or two:









A pretty chandelier-type fixture could give the nursery a touch of girly style with a little fun too.

Well, the reality is that our upstairs ceilings are not very tall.  I haven't measured, but I'm guessing 8 feet.  Now I'm only 5'4" so neither option would be a major issue for me, but my husband is about 5'11", and various other family members and friends are above 6'.  So in that case, a ceiling fan could be quite a hazard, and a chandelier would just be annoying.  {Dang you ceilings - just be taller!}
 
Obviously, ceiling fans are out altogether, but after hours of scouring the internet, I found a semi-flushmount that I thought would be perfect!




It has a width of 18" , but a drop of only 12".  I don't know many 7' tall people so I was thinking this could totally work!  Sadly, even with the largest markdown I could find, it's still $370 less maybe 10% if I'm lucky.  We have to replace two sconces in the room as well, and I wasn't particularly interested in spending that much on all three together let alone on just one.  So I finally admitted to myself that it wasn't going to happen.

Back to square one, I decided I needed to allow for more wiggle room in my vision so I set out to find something with a style that's maybe not so girly but has a much more reasonable price.  Since I wasn't having much luck, I went back to catching up on my blogs, and Reichel from CopyCatChic unexpectedly saved the day with this one perfectly-timed post!  Enter our new light:
We just received it last night, and I'm debating on painting it gold a la Isabella & Max rooms.  It would give it more of the girly flair that I'm looking for while still being low-key and cost-effective.  Then I found coordinating sconces that I think could work as well. 
       
I don't want things to be too matchy, but at the same time, I don't want to have the sconces be a completely different style than the ceiling light so I think this will be ok.  Once those arrive, I'll decide if I'm doing the ceiling light or all in gold or not.   {I decided to order these in matte black as opposed to the stainless steel because they were cheaper than the stainless, and I most likely wouldn't want all three to be the same anyway.  And bonus, I found a coupon code over at younghouselove for 10% off through August 2nd! Go check it out if you're in the market for something at Shades of Light.}

My fingers are crossed that this really does tie into the room once we have it all together.  :)

And to girl-ify the space, I may do a wall decal like this if I decide it won't look odd:

And in case you missed my twitter update, here's a sneak peek {literally - the pic quality is not good on my very old iphone...} of the wall/trim/ceilng color:

If you take a look at the before, I'm sure you'll agree J really killed it with the new colors.

{Photo credit: Pippa's nursery via Cozy Little Cave / Emory's nursery via Projectnursery.com / Dolce Capiz via Lamps Plus / linked above / linked above / linked above / my own}

2 comments:

Amanda July 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

love all of the chandelier ideas. Im sure its going to be lovely - cant wait to see it all finished!

Carolyn July 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

Thanks, Amanda. I'm so happy that progress is finally being made!

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