Guest Picks: Marching to a Different Drum Shade
Follow a designer as she hunts down the perfect light for her client
This month, I thought I would share a little behind the scenes of what goes on in a designer's office. I spent a few days scouting for a drum shade chandelier, but not just any drum shade; this option needed to be unique. The requirements were that it needed to have a silver option and be somewhat dimensional, along with having a fabric shade. As you will see I fell in and out of love many times until I found the perfect marriage! —Julieann from Jace Interiors and CreateGirl blog
This is a great example of a clean and classic drum shade chandelier — it is just perfect in this setting! For my client's home, we needed an option in her kitchen that had dimension with a WOW factor since it would be the piece that draws you into the room.
This is what we know as the ever-popular fabric drum shade. I started here because I loved the textured and simple chocolate banding. This light is one that could be moved from room to room over time!
The crystal balls and classic cream shade of this chandelier add a bit of sophistication, but it was not casual enough for this particular space.
The pleats on this drum shade make for a subtle bit of interest and it has the casual look we are going for! It's a great option and an affordable price point!
Now this drum shade I have fallen in love with! It is from the new arrival collection of Ralph Lauren. The leather trim and straps along with the hook accent are FANTASTIC! Casual, unique, and offered in a small and large size — this goes straight to the top of my list.
Now it's time to focus on the dimensional factor I was seeking for this space. The chrome feel is very appealing and this is the right size for the room, but I wonder if the finish is a bit harsh over a dark wood table.
The polished nickel and the 18" diameter size could work. One piece of continuous steel is what creates this interesting oval design!
ELK Lighting's Zarah Chandelier is beautiful and would easily light the entire kitchen with five 60-watt bulbs!
The fretwork on this light is just stunning, especially with the fabric linen background. It adds interest to the fixture but also feels a bit more casual for a kitchen setting.
Fine Art Lamps makes some of the most amazing chandeliers, and this has risen to #2 on our scouting list. It is available in two finishes: Burnished Gold Leaf or Platinized Silver Leaf, both with a linen shade.
How fantastic is this basket drum shade? I adore the interlocking pieces of veneer, and Dform has made it easy to fit into any style space by offering an array of finishes!
Heads up, we are about to see a lot more basket weave on all home decor accents. This combination of bamboo and drum shade would work perfectly in many rooms! We might consider this for the office instead of the kitchen.
This is a different take on the interlocking wood veneer drum shade! The flowing nature of the Pucci has a bit of a retro feel, and I could see it fitting nicely into a mid-century style room.
Now we are getting somewhere! When I came across this gorgeous piece I was reinvigorated! The mixture of fabric, metal, and small crystals is very appealing and would easily draw you into the kitchen from the hallway.
The arabesque vine treatment makes this drum shade very soft — perfect for a more feminine space.
The capiz shell chandelier has taken the typical drum shade to a new level. The intricate craftsmanship and tonal changes have made it extremely popular over the last few years.
Wow. Now this is glamorous! The crystals are so pretty and I imagine when the light hits them, it's like glowing moonlight.
So here we are at the end of our search, and this Allegretto Drum Shade is the one I have fallen hard for. It creates the perfect WOW factor and with its inside and outside lattice work it's absolutely stunning! Sadly, at $8,000, it is far outside of our budget.
At the end of the day, this is the option I presented to my client, which she agreed is the perfect chandelier for our space. Both from the standing and sitting positions, there is real interest in the style of this chandelier. The 24" size is ideal, it is available in a platinized silver leaf and has an ivory crepe shade — the perfect marriage of all our requirements!
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Ideabook published on Aug. 24, 2011.
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