Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}

Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}
Amanda Nisbet Design via House of Turquoise

One of my main goals in creating a home we will love is to start by getting the lighting right. Not only because I want to create the right ambience, but because the right light fixtures can help set the personality and style, which is definitely what I’m really excited about!

Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}

Right now the shell of our new dining room is kind of a blank slate. Other than hardwood floors and a large window toward the backyard, it doesn’t have a lot of architectural pizazz. But that’s ok, we can work on it and soon enough it will have its own unique look.

If you missed the post about our vision for a “classy breakfast room vibe” you can find the ideas and inspiration here. I can show you the new chairs and a bigger bench soon, too. They are going to look great!

While we will eventually be opening up the doorway to add interest, more light and better flow between the dining room and kitchen as well as adding other architectural elements like molding and refinishing floors in time, one of the first things we can do to improve this space (besides the new chairs and painting the room) is to install a statement light over the table.

Statement lights should do just that, make a statement. Light fixtures should either just blend in and support the rest of the decor, or they can stand out to bring a distinct and fresh personality to a space. I’m kind of partial to making a big statement with a dining room light.

Unique light fixtures can become a part of your signature style (check out the post on signature style!), so pick something special that speaks to you. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find statement lights anywhere on all budgets!

Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}

Case Indoor/Outdoor Copper Lantern in my old dining room

So what statement should a light make? How do you pick a fixture that can become a part of your signature look? Consider the house, your style and the actual space it will go in!

A light doesn’t have to be any particular style to be a statement, it just needs some personality. The first thing we did in our old dining room was to add a statement lantern! I loved that light so much, the copper on top really gave it a unique look and made the room feel memorable.

You might not even remember what our old dining room looked like when we first moved in, but just for fun, check it out, below.

Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}

Crazy, huh? The swine walls with the carpet color…eek. Seeing it how that dining room was right when we moved in gives me hope that my new home will come together eventually!

So back in our new house, we have a new light fixture for our dining room that will help play up the vision of our home, which will be our own blend of a modern farmhouse coastal/island style with a touch of casual glam. :) The light we found seems perfect in every way to set that unique “look” for our home.

I’m pretty excited to already have it sitting right here in my house ready to be installed! Yahoo!

Statement Lighting {New Light for the Dining Room}

After extensively searching for the right light for us, we found this one (at RH Teen!) and knew it was IT. It is SO GORGEOUS in person! We love the gray and white ombre wood beads that make it feel fresh and the size and shape is perfect. It is big enough to be a beautiful focal point, but not too heavy for the space. The price was more than I originally wanted to spend, but I justified it (ha) in my budget by saving on other elements in the room (and by discovering it was a lot less than many other ones I loved!).

It is a statement piece that is definitely going to play a big part in the look and ambience of our house.

This light will make the room more memorable as well as set the right mood, which definitely qualifies it as a perfect statement light in my book!

10 Great Resources for Statement Lights:

Wayfair, Joss & Main, OverstockBirch Lane, Pottery BarnWorld Market, Lowe’s, Home Depot, WisteriaBallard Designs

What light fixtures would be so YOU? Think outside the box and find statement lighting that can set your own look and style.

Happy Monday!

More inspiration:

Lighting Sources in My {Previous} Home

Your Signature Style

Easy DIY Art & “Wallpaper” For Your Home

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

I‘ve enjoyed making my own art out of quality paper for years. When you just want something pretty on your walls or when you don’t have the “right” art, I’ve found that heavy duty wrapping paper is perfect for so many applications including “wallpapering” a wall (like I did below with my map wall and some push pins) and framing it as art (like I did in my old powder room bathroom, as you might have noticed in The Inspired Room book)!

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

After we painted our bedroom in this house, I realized I didn’t really have the “right” art for the space next to my closet. So to create either temporary or long-term art, I selected my favorite sheets of quality wrapping paper (the sheets are much larger than scrapbook paper, more like poster size) based on our color scheme, a neat marbleized paper and a pretty peacock pattern.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

Because I wanted a larger statement and we didn’t have any frames that would be the right size, I picked up two inexpensive gray frames at IKEA and used a little gold Rub N’ Buff to fancy them up.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

Once the paper was framed, it makes great patterned statement. I can use any leftover paper and additional sheets in other ways around the house, such as lining drawers.

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home

My daughters also made a neat map art in their townhouse hallway with this same type of heavy duty paper and a poster hanging kit!

Below I am sharing a round up of fun papers I could see using on a wall, so check ’em out (and scroll all the way to the bottom to find out what I’ll be sharing this week on the blog)!

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue on Natural Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBotany

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeConstellations

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold on Natural Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeLokta White Anchors on Blue

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeSmall Blue Fish on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold on Cream Mums

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeHemisphere Map

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomePeacock

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold Scallops on Sea Green

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeGold Stripes on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue Batik Zig Zags

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlue Squares on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeDark Blue Marble

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeBlack String Dot on Cream

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your HomeDistressed Blue Floral on White

Thanks for your comments on my new bedroom paint color! I definitely think it is worth it to BE BRAVE and try new things that make sense for you and your home, whether they seem like the most trendy, popular or safest choice or not. It definitely turned out to be one of the coziest most romantic little rooms we’ve ever had, and that was our goal. The gorgeous depth of the color really adds something really special to my home, too, so I have no regrets!

I can’t wait to show you more developments around our house so you can see how it is coming together, I’m loving it! This week I’ll show you the brand new light fixture we selected for our dining room…and maybe even a peek at a small update that has already transformed our living room fireplace!

More Inspiration:

7 Free Decorating Ideas {my guide on eBay}

Easy DIY Art & "Wallpaper" For Your Home