One Room Challenge : Spring 2019 / Week 4

Lighting!

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I am so excited to be jumping into the details of my One Room Challenge! First up on the details to-do list : lighting!

As you probably have seen in my room plans, I chose to go with brass-toned lighting. Brass is very trendy right now, but I think that a classically styled light fixture in a un-lacquered brass is totally timeless! I also love how the brass finish looks with the wall paint color and pulls out the warm tones in the floral painting.

Let me just start by saying that updating your lighting is one of the easiest things you can do to improve a space - if you can work a screw driver (yes, just a little handheld screw driver), you can change your light fixture. I recommend a quick YouTube tutorial to familiarize yourself with the process, and then GO FOR IT! The most important thing to do is to turn off the breaker that controls the light you are replacing in your electrical box (usually located in a closet or basement)- I speak from experience when I say that an electrical shock is not as fun as it sounds.

The original light that came with the house.

The original light that came with the house.

Just changing it out while dinner is cooking!

Just changing it out while dinner is cooking!

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The first order of lighting business was taking down the ugly flush mount light that was in there when we bought the house. All that I had to do was unscrew a few screws and disconnect the wires and it was down in less than 5 minutes. I replaced it with a star shaped flush mount that I bought from Ballard Designs quite a few years ago. The star light was a dark bronze color, and I updated it with my favorite gold spray paint - Rustoleum Metallic gold. I love how the gold looks on the fixture! It makes it a little more glamorous and fancy, but it still feels vintage. I’m so happy that this light fixture has a place in our home again, and that I didn’t leave it at the old house!

For a similar fixture click here.

In our last house I had a long Edison bulb in the fixture, but Edison bulbs have come a long way since I first installed this fixture. Now there are so many different shapes, sizes, and they have so many dimmable LED options! I wanted something bigger and brighter for this space, so I chose this big round guy. I love how much brighter it is and that it’s so energy efficient!

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As for the sconces on the wall, I wanted something that would provide the desk with more light for when the girls are working in there. I also knew that I wanted a pharmacy style swing arm light. There were many other affordable styles, in the swing arm style I was looking for, but I was dead-set on it being in a pharmacy style. I just think there is something sweeter and more vintage-looking about the rounded shape of it. At first I found these, but I did not want to spend that much money on the wall lights. Then I found these on Amazon - they fit the bill and the price tag was worth the gamble of a one month shipping window! They have not arrived yet, but I have been tracking them every half hour for a week (no exaggeration), they have landed in state and they should be here this week!

The $65 each version

The $65 each version

The $29 each version

The $29 each version

The next project on the docket is organization! Come back later this week to see how I am getting this space organized in style!


Also be sure to check out what all of the other One Room Challenge participants are up to be clicking the link below!

http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/so