We have one hallway in our house – it leads to the bedrooms and the guest bathroom, so it gets used all the time.
And it’s never looked right. Or been fun. Or well-lit, for that matter.
Here’s how it looked after we renovated our house 4 years ago, and it hasn’t improved since then.
(Btw, the lights aren’t on in this photo. Not very helpful for visualization purposes, I know.)
It actually looks just fine in this photo, just a little boring. But there’s a big problem – those two pretty capiz lights that you see? They barely light our hallway, so it’s always dark and kind of depressing. :( Which is surprising since between the two of them the fixtures take a total of 360 watts! I think it’s because of the shades, which are really quite opaque with the capiz overlay. I tried changing the bulbs the other day to see if that helped make the hallway a little brighter, but it didn’t. (About time to show some initiative after 4 years, ha!)
UPDATE: Here’s a current photo (below) of how the hallway actually looks today, with the lights on. Try not to be too impressed by the crooked, half-completed gallery wall.
So, we’re contemplating new lighting. What kickstarted this change after 4 years? Well . . . I want to turn that long wall on the right-hand side into a chalkboard wall. Painting a wall black in a dark hallway is probably not the best idea, right?
New lighting it is. :) Here are the 7 beauties that have made the final list!
While I really love each fixture, none of them is without its issues.
- The cage light at the top left puts out the most light by far since it has 3 bulbs (yay!) but I’m worried it might be a bit too industrial-looking for our house (although I’d like to incorporate a bit more of that vibe into our home).
- The sputnik light is quirky and fun, but is it a bit too glitzy? And it requires special bulbs that add up to about 90 watts per fixture.
- The Moravian star has been a long-time favorite of mine, but it only takes a 40 watt bulb – womp womp.
- The concave fixture with the aqua interior is so cute, but can handle just 60 watts per fixture.
- The glass flowered light is so pretty, but it also takes weird bulbs and only puts out 90 watts per fixture.
- The striped schoolhouse fixture is so adorable – I really love it, and each fixture takes a 100 watt bulb. But would the obscured shade mask too much of that light?
- And finally, the vintage industrial fixture - love the look, but it only takes a 60 watt bulb.
So here’s my dilemma – do I just take a leap of faith and order my favorite fixture and cross my fingers that it will give off more light than my current, very opaque fixture? Should I just nix the idea of the chalkboard wall and stick with the current lights? Am I the only person on the planet with a dark hallway that needs more than a 60 watt bulb to light it?
What would you do? Do any of you own one of these fixtures? Help! :)