Lighting for dining room

Mary MickleboroApril 23, 2014
Are brass fixtures totally out of style now.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
That's more or less the case. Brass is out but some gold finishes are in, more so, I think, in contemporary or transitional design than in traditional. But if you have an old brass light fixture made in the last 40 years, it's pretty simple to paint it black or turquoise or purple, according to your taste.
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 5:39PM
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JudyG Designs
Mary, is there a fixture which you are considering?

There is brass and then there is this brass.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I agree with JudyG that there are some current attractive brass fixtures, but they tend to be at the high end of the budget range.
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JudyG Designs
Carolyn, while you are here, if you were to buy a wonderful, affordable chandelier,,,a room with 9’ ceilings, what would be your go to fixture? How do you feel about bubble lights?

Mary, Carolyn is a fabulous designer, and I would love to see what her recommendations would be for you and me.
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Masterworks Window Fashions & Design
Gold is suddenly back, in a huge way. So the answer is more complicated because of that. Right now, early adopters are using satin and brushed gold handles and light fixtures more than brass, and brass is found more often in contemporary fixtures. The federal brass chandelier is no longer welcome in most homes, unless it's an historic home where that makes sense, and then pewter is sometimes used.
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Mary Mickleboro
The brass fixture I'm considering is one I bought in 1996. It was expensive and heavy and I still like it. I sold the house it was in but the new younger buyer didn't want it so she took it down and gave it back to me. It is a chandelier with torches. Is that too dated. The one I'm removing is horrible but I don't want to be totally out of fashion.
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 6:25PM
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Mary Mickleboro
Judy I don't understand your comment about this brass. Please explain.
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Addison Design
If you love it, then use it
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Masterworks Window Fashions & Design
One element in a room doesn't make a room "totally out of fashion". I agree with Addison Design, if you love it, enjoy it! And removing anything which feels horrible is a very positive step!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Mary, it would help us so much to see a photo of the chandelier, and also of the table over which it will be placed, and the room. judy, I'm not sure what you mean by bubble lights, but again a fixture should be chosen to go with the house, the room, and the table. The one fixture that fits a lot of styles right now, and a 9' ceiling is a drum shade, with or without dangling crystals or baubles.
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Mary Mickleboro
Unfortunately the fixture is in the attic and the table is covered with all my things from the kitchen which is being totally torn out and redone. Thanks everyone for your comments and help. I'll be back in touch when I'm photo ready. :)
    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 7:12PM
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Margo
Without seeing it, but hearing 1996, brass, and torches, one I tossed out comes to mind....don't hang onto something just because it was expensive. If I did that I would still have my black leather pants from Nordstrom lol
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