Prior to all the building work starting on my flat I spent six months planning how I wanted it to look. I knew exactly what I wanted, right down to the cupboard door handles in the kitchen. Everything was decided. Except, that is, the lighting for the hallway.
I have to admit that, in my previous refurbishments, the lighting has always been a bit of an afterthought - I'm very much a 'drum shade' person and up until now it's been ok. But this one is different. I want something special but I'm finding it difficult finding the one. Or rather, the two because there are two fittings.
It's a tricky space because it's long and narrow (as hallways are wont to be) but it's particularly narrow, just 84cm to be precise. It's also high (3 metres). Another problem is that it flows through in to a second hallway (via a lovely arch) so, although I don't want to have the same lights in this area, I do want them to complement each other. The walls and ceiling are painted in Farrow & Ball's Railings so whatever I choose needs to really stand out and give a bit of wow-factor - difficult given the width restriction and a tiny budget.
After hours of scouring every lighting website I could think of I found that only two places, Maisons Du Monde and Wayfair, had anything near to catching my eye. So, here are the options so far:
1. ANTIQUE ROUND PENDANT - Maisons Du Monde, £95.99
I was going to have something similar to this in the living room and then I plumped for a full-on chandelier. I like it but I'm not sure it's the right style.
2. CERO 3 LIGHT CASCADE PENDANT - Wayfair, £77.99
I like these 'spider lights' as you can adjust the lengths and position the bulbs wherever you need them. I think this one is just a little too simple to make much of an impact.
3. KOOLHAAS 12 LIGHT MINI CHANDELIER - Wayfair, £146.61
This Sputnik-style light was my original choice, however I think it may be a little too big for the area and because it's black will it stand out enough? To get the full effect I'd need vintage style Edison bulbs - 24 of them - and at around £7 a pop the bulbs could cost more than the light!!
4. 5 LIGHT CRYSTAL CHANDELIER - Wayfair, £162.99
I love this one because it's similar to the Angelus Wire Chandelier from Rockett St George but it's a tenth of the price! It's certainly different but again I think it may be too wide for the space (not to mention a tad over budget!)
5. FLORENCE SCHOOLHOUSE PENDANT - Wayfair, £79.99
If this beautiful glass pendant was 10cm bigger all round I think I'd be buying it. I love the shape but again, is it big and interesting enough to make a statement?
Which is your favourite? Leave a comment and let me know!