Years ago I painted the center island in my white kitchen a pale gray green (Ben Moore’s ‘Camouflage’) and I’ve loved it ever since. Today I was at Home Depot beginning my search for cabinets for the kitchen at the flip house, and I’ve had green on my mind for some time.
I’m considering a white + gray/green cabinet combo using white cabinets above and greenish cabinets below. (Catch of the glimpse of the old kitchen cabinets here). I’m looking for a brand that offers a pale gray green and I found two potential candidates, Ocean Floor from Martha Stewart and the Zeus color by Decora, both are pale sage greens, the Martha color leans more gray. Decisions decisions…
Green is a beautiful choice for painted kitchen cabinets, it has an organic feel since it taps into the color we see most in nature. I’ve spied several kitchens popping up in designer spaces with cabinets painted in various shades of green. Most are brighter or deeper shades of green than I’m considering but all quite lovely.
I want to update the two mini pendants that hang in my living room and I’ve been looking high and low for days for the perfect pair. I thought I found it in this fixture (true love) but given I need two they’re too large for the space and also beyond my budget, so I’m still looking.
Visiting all my favorite sources for lighting over the weekend led to today’s post. I realize good lighting costs money, but I’m always on the hunt for more affordable options. I realize “affordable” has different meanings for different people and is entirely determined by your budget. Lighting isn’t always cheap. Like furniture it can be super expensive when you compare lower priced fixtures with high end designer brands.
Lighting is the jewelry of the room. It can play a more subtle background role, simply enhancing a space, or it can stand out as a focal point. I’m always willing to spend more on a hardwired chandelier or pendant than a lamp because a chandy is a fixture that will stay with the home for some time whereas a lamp is more of a decorative element, one that can be swapped out every few years.
Lamps Plus This site has thousands of styles to choose from, and a pretty good search function if you’re looking for something specific like a “brass wall sconce”. They also have a great selection of mirrors, I’ve purchased many for bathroom updates. I write an article for Lamps Plus each month so I’m a loyal customer here too. With their vast selection, they make it easy to talk about lighting! I’m loving the possini pendant, cora pendant, and atom edison fixture.
IKEA I wish IKEA had more variety with their lighting, and retire some of the older fixtures that have been around forever. Still, IKEA is always a great place to turn for a decent lamp and I do love their woven pendant fixtures. Shown: boja, ranarp, and sinnerlig.
Don’t forget to pop over to home improvement stores like Home Depot (hello honeycomb bronze) and Lowes (hi there cute sputnik). Their modern lighting inventory continually surprises me, and they’re always a great deal.
Next time you’re on the hunt for a new fixture, these are a great place to look. Is there a place you like to shop for lighting online that’s not mentioned above? Feel free to share it in the comments!