Normally, I really take my time with a color scheme, but I was so sick of the faded red on the walls in there I just spontaneously matched a color, and even though it wasn't what I was going for when I saw it on the wall, I just painted it anyway. What it did do was bring to light what the chandelier really looked like. Somehow it had faded into the red. Now it screams at me!
I always feel bad if I complain in a way. Seriously, I realize I am blessed to have a big dining room with a chandelier and I feel bad complaining about it! But, I know what I like, and this ain't it. It takes time to get a house just to your liking (on my budget anyway!).
The overall shape isn't bad. I like the two layers of lighting, the size and it's positioned well. The parts I dislike are the little metal swirl details welded into each arm, the glass globes and the color.
Here's the problem. A BIG room = a BIG chandelier = BIG money! Yea, not happening. So, what's a girl to do? Somehow, I gotta up-cycle this one for a couple of reasons:
- Can't justify buying a new one just because I don't like a perfectly good one,
- Ceiling is 11 ft. high and I have no way to reach it...our ladders aren't A-frames..may have to borrow one?
- I'm on my own with this...hubby will NOT be assisting. He's hung one chandelier during our marriage and I promised to never ask him to do that again (not that he'd not perfectly able, but he HATES doing things like that and what ensues is...umm....yea!)
These are some pics I initially pulled:
|What do you think? I use it as my workroom anyway....|
UGH! This was too ugly not to show!
Seriously, here's some I liked. They cover the gamut. Remember, I'm brainstorming and have to consider I plan to replace the formal table with a big rough farm table, keep the chairs and slipcover them. If I have a farm table, I need to keep it balanced with a fixture not too organic...keeping it a little more elegant. If I keep the table, I'll do the twiggy thing in a heart beat!
Hampton Collection 32" Wide Chandelier from Lamps PlusMaybe I could put an organza shade around it and some crystals?
De Vine Wood Ball Chandelier
from Shades of Light
I don't think I'd actually use this in that room, but it was really cool regardless!
I was having a hard time really finding anything that was along the lines of what I pictured in my head UNTIL I stumbled onto this website...http://www.aidangrayhome.com/. WOW! This is right up my alley. Check out some of the gorgeous chandeliers I found.
The Genie Urn Chandelier
Loving this shape!
Maybe wrap the arms in jute twine?
Here's some of my dining room pics I've filed away over time that are my inspirations (if no credit is given it's because I don't know where I got it from!):
|I'd love to have one of these chandeliers!|
via Cote de Texas
|via Pottery Barn?|
|Meg Adams Design|
|via Cote de Texas|
|Table and overall feel.|
|via Inspiring Interiors|
|Paige Sumblin Schnell Design|
|Sarah Richardson Design|