Modern Glam Lighting Under $300
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I LOVE lighting. Nothing sets the mood in a room as much as beautiful lighting does. Besides painting, changing out lighting is the first thing I did in our house. I believe it was Candice Olsen (an interior design goddess) who first said ” Lighting is the jewelry of the room.” It has stuck with me ever since.
Think of Each Room as an Outfit…
- The paint is the under garments
- The rug, furniture, and curtains are the clothing
- The blankets, throw pillows, and décor are the other layers (scarf, jacket, sweater)
- Last but not least the lighting is the jewelry
I don’t know about you, but I love my bling. Diamonds, silver, gold, ANYTHING THAT SPARKLES! So when buying lighting for my house, the same rules apply. The first lighting I changed was the pendant lighting in the kitchen.
There was nothing really wrong with it, it was just soooo boring, and it didn’t speak to me. So I scoured amazon until I came across this pendant light for only $50, and I knew right away that it was what I was looking for! I bought two of them to replace the old LAME-O ones in my kitchen. Here’s what they look like:
I think its a big difference! I love how pretty yet masculine they are. What do you think?
Once that lighting was changed I was hooked. I spent hours on Amazon looking for more pretty lighting, because they really do have the best deals and selection. So next I moved onto my dining room light. Its was ok, but again….not my style AT ALL. You can read more about my dining room transformation here. This is a picture of my dining room with the original chandelier-
Its not bad, but I wasn’t excited about it, and I’m a firm believer that the devil is in the details. So here is the gorgeous, sparkley, crystal chandelier that I chose as the jewelry to this room
I love it! It looks even prettier when its dark outside. The light shines through the crystals and emits a soft glow. It was such a steal at under $100! Everyone that comes over compliments me on it, and it is BY FAR my favorite one. You can buy it here.
At this point I was on a roll so the next light to replace was in my eat-in-kitchen area. I’m pretty sure they were part of a set because the lights in all 3 rooms matched. here is a picture of the eat-in-kitchen light before
so I saw this light fixture from Restoration Hardware
But with a price tag of $1395 it was out of the question. So I searched and searched, and searched, and I finally found this one that I loved even more, at a price under $300!
I really feel like I scored with this one!
Next light to go was in my little bathroom/ office/ linen closet corner. I don’t have a before picture, but it was one of those ugly builders grade light fixtures that look like a boob. HAHA! I lovingly call them “boob lights”. I wanted something a little prettier, and something with 3 spotlights so I could aim one at each door. This pretty little brushed nickel light fixture was perfect, and under $150!
I really love the way the spotlight looks on each of the doors!
Next is our hallway light. I don’t have a before picture of the hallway but it was also a builders grade “boob” light. Functional but boring. I had some pretty large artwork hung in the hallway so I decided that I wanted spotlights in there as well so that I could aim a light at each picture. This light we purchased from Home Depot for under $80, and you can buy it here.
I really like that its dimmable, and I can adjust the spotlights to aim at whatever I want.
Last but not least is my office light. Again it was a builder grade “boob light” as you can kind of see it from this picture
It had to go. I was at Home Goods, one of my favorite stores, when I happened upon a section I had never noticed before. I was looking at lamps when all of the sudden there it was. A ceiling light section, and most of the stuff was on CLEARANCE! I bought my light, not yet knowing where I was going to put it, but I just knew that I had to have it. The best part: it was on sale for $29.99! I brought it home and shoved it in a closet until I could figure out where to put it. It sat in there for about a year until I started my makeup room overhaul and realized that it would be perfect in the space with my gold décor. What do you think?
I love it! I think it works perfect in the room! I hope I have helped you find some great lighting, and that you love it as much as I do! Thanks for reading, and if you like what you see please subscribe to my blog my adding your email down below. Thanks!