I had a couple of things on my wish list for kitchen island lights: unique, black metal, black cord and less than $100. It took me forever to find something, mainly because I’ve got champagne taste on a beer budget. But! But! I finally came across these Pikesville pendants from Lamps Plus’ outlet site, Open Box (I’ve posted before about that secret resource). The kitchen in the stock photo is horrific though, so it completely messed with my mind: Are the lights too 90’s? Too weird? I held my breath and clicked purchase.
And drum roll… I like them!
The reason these lights initially caught my eye was for two reasons: 1.) I needed something of the oak-color variety (a yellowish/tan/orange) to tie in with my roller shades and 2.) Something dark was neededÂ to tie in with the floors.Â And bonus! They also look real nice withÂ the new color of the front door. I totally planned that…
They also look really great next to the yellow chairs around our dining room table. Happy, happy, happy. Â
And now if we can only get the rest of the room to shape up, I’ll feel even better. I mention this in my 2016 house goals post, but my biggest task this year will be to get this kitchen painted.
I do love the gray color (it’s Phoenix Fossil by Sherwin Williams), butÂ the dark color, with all the white doors (three on one wall within 15 ft of each other), all the windows, the big bumpout in the ceiling (which you can see in the photo below), etc., makes everything look so chaotic!Â It makes my eyes/brain hurt.Â
Painting everything the same color as the trim and doors will make everything feel continuous and calm. By calming down the walls, it will let me get a little funky with the cabinets (painting!) and decor, which I have been dying to do!
And of course, maybe it feels chaotic because it IS chaotic. Here’s an IRL photo of the kitchen as I was taking the photos. Confession: I just move the crap from corner to corner as I shoot to get it out of the way. Can’t escape it in this wide angle shot. 🙂
Yay for progress! It feels good.