A beehive bedroom

For the past year or so, I have been searching high and low for a new light fixture for our master bedroom. This is why, in case you’re wondering…though this picture doesn’t convey how bad it really is.

Anyway, we never turn on the fan and it’s just not our taste, so we set our budget at $200 and began searching. It didn’t take much looking to realize that most options in that price range only have 2 or maybe 3 light bulbs. As much as we hate the fan, it has 5 lights, which our very long and natural-light-lacking bedroom desperately needs.  Another caveat was that $200 doesn’t go as far as you might think in the light fixture department. All the ones we could afford were much too small (think boob light size), cheap looking, or ones we had seen in a million places. We really wanted something unique and different.
And then finally one day, it happened! A few months ago, Andrew and I were in World Market (sadly the closest one is 4.5 hours away from home, so we try to stop by on the way back from visiting family) and saw this amazing honeycomb chandelier!

I immediately fell in love with it and most definitely loved the price tag (which at the time was $150). The middle is kind of like a chandelier, and the outside is like a drum shade, but it’s so much more unique than an actual chandelier covered with a shade, don’t you think? 🙂 And yet I just couldn’t decide if it would work in our master bedroom as we’re part of the unlucky group of homeowners with 8′ ceilings. That, and I always need time to weigh large purchasing decisions. We left it there and traveled home, but we just couldn’t stop thinking about it!! A few days later I looked at it online and since it was on sale, sucked it up and paid the $20 in shipping. *Gasp!*

We were worried it might be too big, so before we bought it, we did some research on the correct size of a light fixture. To determine the proper diameter for your fixture, measure the room in feet and add the width and length together. The diameter should be that number in inches. Our master bedroom is 12′ x 17′, so our light fixture could be as big as 29″ in diameter. This one is 23″. To determine the height, take the height of the ceiling in feet times 2 or 3. It can be that tall in inches. 8 times 3 is 24. However if the light fixture is near a door or in a walking path, it should hang no lower than 7′ from the ground for clearance. Ours is over the end of our bed and a bench. Besides, have you ever tried to find a light fixture that’s only a foot high, over 20″ in diameter, makes a statement, and holds at least 4 light bulbs? And under $200? Impossible.

We took down the old ceiling fan, which as it turns out has gold designs on the reverse sides of the blades. Oh, if only we’d known before…NOT! Then we touched up this little mess on the ceiling.

We put up the honeycomb light (without actually wiring it, just to make sure we actually wanted to install it), and as I so often do during house projects, freaked out!! It was so low! Like just-above-my-head low.

But it’s hung with chains, so we figured surely we could cinch it up just a bit. First, we took 3 links out of each of the 5 chains extending from the center chain to the edge of the light. That was as many as we could take out and still have each chain reach the center.

Then we took this bigger link out of the top.

The links we took out of the other chains were about half the size.

So we replaced it with two of those just to make sure it would hold the weight, and then put it back up.

After all of that, it raised it about 5 or 6  inches. Not too bad. Before we raised it, you could still see the chains it was suspended from giving it a more chandelier-y vibe.

Now you can’t really see the chains making it feel a little more drum-esque, which we still like.

And now it’s a great height! If the average person (average as in not my 6’5″ dad or Andrew’s 6’7″ brother) tried to walk under it, they would no longer hit their head on the bottom of it. They would run into a bench, though. So see? No real danger anyway. Neither Andrew or I hit our heads on it, and it’s our bedroom anyway which is all that really counts.

In some of these pictures where it’s off it looks black, but as you can see from previous pictures it’s actually a copper color.

The color is also greatly affected by whether it’s on or off. Off: oil-rubbed bronze-ish.

On: copper. The light reflects off the metal, showing it’s true color. And yes, it does cast little honeycomb flecks on the walls, hence the beehive. We’re not bothered by the honeycombs, especially since it’s not in a main living area. Definitely something to keep in mind when buying light fixtures, though. Probably not ideal for a dining room chandelier. Or if you’re afraid of bees.

Personally, I like the little flecks. And apparently we have a thing for patterned light. We have this chandelier in the master, a chandelier with seeded glass in the guest room, a seeded glass flush mount in the hallway, and seeded glass sconces outside. What can I say, I happen to think light should make a statement, too!

Here’s the before with our quite bright, yet very outdated fan.

And here’s the after with our wonderful new honeycomb light!

AND not to ruin any surprises, but it’s going to go so perfectly with our soon-to-be sliding door, which gives off a very “rustic industrial” kind of vibe. Eek! Can’t wait! Next on the list: swapping that bench for something a little more contemporary and streamlined.

So what do you think about our new light fixture? I’m pretty sure this is one of those “you love it or you hate it” kind of things, but luckily, we’re in the “love it” category!

2 Responses to A beehive bedroom

  1. Allie September 4, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    So thankful for this post. I was having the same issue and followed your steps. Big difference!

    • Simple House Expressions September 5, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks! Glad it was helpful!

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