All About Ceiling Lights (And A Roundup of 30 Modern Flush Mounts, Pendants, & Chandeliers Under $300)

 Today we're talking all about ceiling lights on the blog! I've also rounded up 30 modern Flush Mounts, Pendants, & Chandeliers - all under $300. Read more about how to choose the right light fixtures for your room.

Lighting is one of my absolute favorite things to find for client projects and for my own home. A good light fixture can be the icing on the cake and add that wow factor, or it can play more of a supporting role. Every room has different lighting needs, and finding the right one for your space is key both for functionality and style. Today, I want to chat with y'all specifically about ceiling light fixtures, but don't forget about layering other light sources in with table lamps and task lights. If you want to read more about the importance of layering lighting, you're in luck! I wrote a whole post about it. :) You can head there next!

And because I want this post to be as helpful as possible, I've also scoured the Internet and rounded up 30 amazing ceiling light fixtures to get you pointed in the right direction as you figure out what will work best in your home. I've included flush mounts/semi-flush mounts, pendant lights, and chandeliers in several different finishes, styles, and sizes. If you like the shape and look of a light fixture, but not the finish - say you want black instead of brass - click over to the website to see the options. Many of them come in several different options and they're all under $300! Some are even well under that price.

So let's take a deep dive into all things ceiling lights, shall we?

First of all, we need to go through some basics so that we're all on the same page about the different kinds that are out there. In general, there are three main categories of ceiling lights: recessed ("can") lights, flush mounts/semi-flush mounts, and hanging light fixtures (this includes pendants and chandeliers). They're all hardwired into electrical boxes. I've interspersed images of various rooms in our home with different light fixtures to show you some examples.

Recessed lights aren't something I'm going to cover much today, but I wanted to point them out since they're so common and can be helpful in providing good ambient lighting throughout a room. They are installed into the ceiling so they're completely flush and they cast light directly downward in a cone shape. They honestly don't do much (or anything, ha!) for a space style-wise, but they are functional. If you go with recessed lighting in a space, my preference is to also have a beautiful ceiling light installed. 

I tend to group flush mounts and semi-flush mounts together since they're both close-to-the-ceiling light fixtures. Historically, good-looking flush mounts have been really hard to find and the ones that did exist often resembled a female body part that I won't name here. :) BUT, times they are a-changing, folks, and there are some great, affordable versions out there these days. Just take a look at my roundup at the end of the post!

 Today we're talking all about ceiling lights on the blog! I've also rounded up 30 modern Flush Mounts, Pendants, & Chandeliers - all under $300. Read more about how to choose the right light fixtures for your room.

Flush mounts and semi-flush mounts are great for living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens - places where you don't want to have to worry about bumping your head as you walk through a room. In rooms with 8' ceiling heights or lower, you'll want to opt for a true flush mount fixture. If you have ceilings that are taller than 8', you can go for either, but I often prefer a semi-flush mount. I like for the ceiling to have a little bit of "breathing room" between itself and the top of the light fixture. Plus, there are a lot more good options in the semi-flush category.

Hanging light fixtures are just what they sound like: they hang down from the ceiling by a rod, chain, or cord. Pendants and chandeliers fall into this category, and the difference between them? Pendants usually hang from a cord and end with a single bulb or two at the end, while chandeliers may hang from a single cord or chain, but typically end in a branched system with multiple bulbs. There are some fixtures out there that blur the lines between chandelier and pendant - don't get too caught up in definitions - it's more about making sure you choose the right one for your space!

Pendant lights can be subdivided into two further categories: mini pendants and regular sized pendants. Sometimes it can be hard to tell in photos how large they are, so be sure to check the dimensions before you buy - it would be pretty terrible, for example, to accidentally end up with a mini pendant hanging over a dining table! Mini pendants are often what you see hanging over kitchen islands, kitchen sinks, or even over bedside tables as an alternative to table lamps. 

 Today we're talking all about ceiling lights on the blog! I've also rounded up 30 modern Flush Mounts, Pendants, & Chandeliers - all under $300. Read more about how to choose the right light fixtures for your room.

Chandeliers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and you can hang them in more places than just over a dining table. If you have spots in your home with really high ceilings or a two story entryway, chandeliers are a great option - they feel proportional in large, airy spaces, and can be a beautiful, eye-catching part of the space.

 Today we're talking all about ceiling lights on the blog! I've also rounded up 30 modern Flush Mounts, Pendants, & Chandeliers - all under $300. Read more about how to choose the right light fixtures for your room.

Whatever you choose for your space, make sure the scale, height, and level of brightness are the right fit. When you walk into a room and flip on a switch, you want your ceiling light fixture to be bright enough to light up the whole space so you can see everything and navigate the room easily. If you have a particularly large space, you may want to consider installing more than one ceiling light. Adding in table/floor/task lamps can fill in the gaps and provide extra lighting where needed. 

If you're currently swapping out light fixtures in your home and need some help, be sure to check out my e-design services. We can come up with a package that will fit your needs, whatever they are!

Ok! So now that you know all about ceiling lights, it's time to look at all the pretty fixtures I've rounded up!* Below, you'll find 30 of my favorite recent finds. They generally lean more modern/clean-lined, but many of them fit nicely into a variety of decorating styles. I know 30 is a LOT of light fixtures, but I wanted to make sure there was a good variety of types and finishes. You can pin the graphic for future reference if you'd like!

You'll see that there are links to the fixtures immediately following the graphic. They're divided up by row. After that, you'll see a second, identical graphic that you can shop directly. Hover your mouse over an item or tap it with your finger on a smart phone to go to the site. If you're reading this in your inbox, you'll need to click over to the full site to use that feature!

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Get the Look: Neutral California Eclectic Living Room

 Get the look of this neutral California eclectic living room on the blog! This room does neutrals right - varying the texture and patterns, but keeping the color palette quiet overall.

via Front + Main

Happy Friday, friends! This week has flown by - I hit the ground running on Thursday morning after flying back from a mini vacation in Florida and I'm looking forward to spending a weekend with friends! The south Florida weather I was in this week was a glorious retreat from winter. I think that all that time soaking up the sunshine pushed me to want to recreate the look of this living room that has a California eclectic feel, but surprise! this home isn't anywhere near the water - it's planted right in the middle of the country in Tulsa, Oklahoma! You can see the whole tour over on West Elm's blog, Front + Main, if you'd like.

This week's edition of Get the Look is all about neutrals done right. Besides the greenery you see in this space, there is very little color and yet, it's beautiful. The quiet color palette feels so refreshing in this open concept home.

There are definitely hints of mid-century modern in here, but there are also these organic, natural elements that you find so often in homes in Southern California. The mix of textures, the layered rugs, the collection of plants, and the ever-so-slight tribal look give it that eclectic and collected feel. 

All right, let's take a look at how I pulled together some pieces to mimic this neutral California eclectic living room! Scroll on down to see the furniture and decor I chose, and then read a little bit about why I decided on these particular items: 

 Get the look of this neutral California eclectic living room on the blog! This room does neutrals right - varying the texture and patterns, but keeping the color palette quiet overall.

Steer Art Print* | Mid-Century Modern Dresser | Gray Faux Fur Pillow | White Pillow | Faux Leather Pillow | Cowhide Pouf | Wood Stump Side Table | Modern Sectional | Black Arched Floor Lamp | Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table | Tribal Rug | Neutral Wool Rug | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree | Woven Basket

The layered rugs were the first thing that caught my eye in this pretty living room. For the base one, I chose a chunky wool sweater rug that is super cozy, and layered it with a flatweave tribal rug that adds just the right amount of pattern without being too in-your-face. Both are quite affordable, and the base rug is currently on sale!

The pillow combo is a little bit unexpected, don't you think? You wouldn't think that leather, faux fur, and a nubby white pillow would all go together, but they definitely do! They read as neutrals, and the different textures and tones keep things interesting.

I just love that steer art print over the dresser - it adds a touch of whimsy and yet it plays right into the calm color palette of the rest of the space.

And finally, the fiddle leaf fig. I recently read a review on another blog about this specific one, and I was impressed! Don't be deterred by the crazy high shipping cost. The overall price, even with that factored in, is still well below the price of a lot of faux fiddles I've seen out there. 

All right, so tell me - what's your favorite piece in this space? 

Psst! Want more Get the Look series posts? You can check out the whole collection here!

*Disclaimers: Affiliate links were used in this post, which means Mix & Match Design Company earns a small commission from your purchase at no cost to you. Note that these pieces are intended to mimic the look of the inspiration photo shown, but before making a purchase, always be sure to check that the piece will fit in your home! 

 

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How To Create An Entryway When You Don't Have One

 Add a bench and coats by the front door to create an entryway and drop zone. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!

via House*Tweaking

This week, I'm tackling another common design dilemma - creating an entryway when you don't have one! I'm currently working with a client that has this exact issue, so I've definitely had this problem at the forefront of my brain recently. (In case you missed last week's post, I covered how to decorate around a TV - or at least distract from that big black box. You can read that one here.) 

While we all wish we had a true foyer, mudroom, or entryway, in many homes and apartments, the front door opens right up into the living room, which means there isn't a natural drop zone. You have to create one!

Without a spot for keys, coats, bags, and all the other things you bring through the front door, it can quickly become chaotic and disorganized - and no one wants that! All it takes is a short stretch of wall to put together an "entryway" in a small space. You just have to get a little more creative with how you do it.

Today, I want to offer a few ideas and suggestions for how to create a functional and stylish entryway. Depending on what your needs are, one of these may work better for you than another - use them as inspiration to dream up your perfect drop zone. Make a list of what you need, choose the pieces that will fulfill those needs and fit your style. There are a lot of good-looking pieces out there these days!

Bench + Hooks Combo

Need a spot to hang coats by the front door? This is a great option that doesn't take up a lot of visual space, but adds a lot of organizational punch. Placing a bench underneath adds a spot to sit when you're putting your shoes on and creates a nice drop zone for bags as you walk in the door. If you want to, you can also make good use of the space under the bench to store shoes or add baskets for other storage.

 Add a bench and coats by the front door to create an entryway and drop zone. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a bench and coats by the front door to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a bench and coats by the front door to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!

via CB2*

Freestanding Hall Tree

Hall trees have gotten a bad rap over the years, but there are some really great ones out there these days that will blend well with your style and decor. They're incredibly functional and are a great way to take advantage of underutilized vertical space in smaller homes. 

I do have one warning though about hall trees - they tend to be large and in charge, so be sure you choose a wall that can handle a big piece of furniture!

 Add a hall tree to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a hall tree to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a hall tree to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!

via Elle Decor

Console Table Or Cabinet

This type of furniture is a great way to define an entryway in your home if you have a closet nearby that where you can hang your coats and store other items. You can go with an open style or choose a cabinet that can hold shoes and hide the not-so-pretty things.

Love the look of an open console, but still need some storage space? Try adding a couple of baskets or storage ottomans. They're lovely to look at and functional! 

 Add a console table to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a shoe cabinet to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!
 Add a console table to create an entryway and drop zone. Make an entryway even if you don't have a true foyer. See more creative entryway ideas on the Mix & Match Design Company blog!

via Sarah Sherman Samuel

(P.S. Love the idea of a console by the front door? I do too - so much so that I wrote a whole post about console table/round mirror combos! Head over here to check that one out.)

These three ideas are some of my favorite ways to define an entryway where there isn't one, but I challenge you to take these ideas and put your own spin on them! Also, I'd love to know if you have a creative way to make or organize the space near your front door - chime in in the comments or leave a note on Instagram!

 

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