Today we’ll focus on the lighting selection for the sunroom at The Shack. The original space had a very late 1970’s to early 1980’s crackled glass pendant and two cheap looking 1980’s Art Deco inspired sconces on either side of the French Doors.
BEFORE: The original sunroom at The Shack featured this dated crackled glass pendant light in the middle of the sunroom. Along with the plastic faux beadboard ceiling and mustard yellow sponge painted walls, not to mention the sagging plastic window blinds, the room definitely had a strong 1980s feel.
I do want this room to have a vintage masculine feel, since my husband intends to use it as a cigar lounge in addition to a traditional sunroom. While I began searching for new light fixtures I also decided to scope out some vintage lighting as well. I really like using vintage light fixtures, since they give a unique, one-of-a-kind look to a space and they are easily rewired for safe use in the modern interior.
I decided to focus first on the main central ceiling fixture, then try to coordinate the sconces to match. The ceiling is quite low over the seating area, since the ceiling slants upward toward the French doors. So I knew I wanted something substantial with multiple bulbs that gave off a fair amount of light, and of modest size with a short drop. Following are some fixtures that caught my eye when I was searching for a small chandelier for the sunroom at The Shack.
A classic lantern is always a favorite of mine. This new one is lovely, yet I felt it would have too far of a drop for the seating area in the sunroom. I needed something that had more of a horizontal line and wasn’t quite so long from top to bottom.
This orb fixture met my criteria, but in the end I decided it was too modern for the vintage gentleman’s club vibe I’m going for in the sunroom.
This Sputnik chandelier is so cool and had a terrific horizontal line. It checks off a lot of boxes, but again, I felt the style was a bit too modern and mid-century for my tastes.
Finally, I turned to some of my vintage sources: these include places like local antiques vendors, Etsy, and EBay. I found a few fixtures online that I thought would work like the ones below:
Each of the above antiques have a great personality and would’ve added the vintage charm I was going for. But after searching for some time, I finally purchased the lovely vintage fixture, seen below, on from a dealer EBay.
After choosing the central fixture, I could finally start looking for coordinating sconces to accompany this antique ceiling fixture in the sunroom! Below are some of the finalists I found:
And finally, the actual sconce I selected for the sunroom at Athens Shack is seen below:
Next time, let’s take a look at the furniture, and area rug selection for the sunroom at The Shack. Thanks so much for following along with our renovation progress!
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