We’ve narrowed down the dining room chandelier to two options from Hubbardton Forge, and are feeling indecisive.
As between the two, I prefer the s-curve of the 5-arm, but I’d rather have 6 arms (mostly, I’d rather have 6 light bulbs) than 5.
Most of the rest of the chandeliers that I posted earlier have been discounted as “gorgeous but too big.” The existing dining room light (at right) is only 21″ in dia — both of the lights we’re considering are a little bigger, but by an acceptable margin (about 3″). Some of the other lights were upwards of 6″ wider, and I don’t think the room is big enough.
Speaking of the room, I’ve been collecting ideas for furniture, window treatments, paint, wall hangings, all kinds of stuff. Here’s where the dining room currently stands (I discovered that the etched glass globes could come off the light – I think it’s an improvement!):
The most frustrating part about idea hunting is that photos are always taken of dining rooms that are huge, spacious, have 9+ foot ceilings and huge windows on multiple walls. Photos like that are almost not even helpful! Our dining room is very square, has one double window, and is small enough that hosting large groups would be hard if it weren’t for the wide doorway into the living room that lets us run extra tables into the next room.
I would love to put a china hutch in the dining room, but I’m afraid there isn’t really room, without making it look cramped. (The old owners had a tall china cabinet that necessitated not centering their table under the light. Net effect: it looked stuffed in.)
Here are a few photos that have caught my eye as I’ve been browsing, though…
Finally, one about the same size as ours! – I’m looking to put a much bigger table in, but I liked the paint and the overall look. I’ve been thinking of doing something similar, with shades of green.
I also wonder if we could find a short cabinet like the one under the mirrors to keep our china handy – I’d put it under the windows, to similar effect – to keep the room feeling open. Our china is currently being stored in basement shelving, which is really inconvenient and inaccessible for entertaining, but I haven’t found the right solution just yet.
The other thing I liked about the bottom photo was the mirrors – the make it seem a lot bigger. I’m thinking the far wall (the longer one) would be the best choice for it, because they’d be visible from the kitchen.