I get lots of requests from design clients and blog readers for recommendations for alternatives to those generic builder-grade flush mount light fixtures in their entries and hallways. You know – the dreaded nipple lights:
Dated Brass Nipple Light
My decorating experience here in Nashville and with online clients has certainly forced me to find some good alternatives to the builder-grade fixture. While the options are a bit limited in this price range, here are a few you can score at big box stores (either Lowes or Home Depot) for under $100:
Drum shades are great for a contemporary or transitional look – choose one with a linen or pleated shade if you want it to tie in with traditional decor.
Any light fixture with seeded or bubble glass gets my vote – the light is diffused, rather than glaring. I’d still use frosted bulbs, though.
Retro or schoolhouse lighting is also an option:
For a little bit of bling or old-world glamour, try these two:
Small lanterns or carriage-style lighting works nicely with almost any decor.
If you want to find out more about the lighting I featured here or need even more options for the builder-grade light fixtures, check out my pinboard called I Light It Like That on Pinterest. If you aren’t following The Decorologist on Pinterest, what are you waiting for? And yes, I do realize most of the lights here still have a nipple. They just don’t look as boob-like overall, so that’s an improvement!