Curtains and lighting fixture recommendations

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I need curtain recommendations and lighting fixture suggestions for dining room.
q curtains and lighting fixture recommendations, home decor, lighting, window treatments, Bench and framed poster in dining room
Bench and framed poster in dining room
q curtains and lighting fixture recommendations, home decor, lighting, window treatments, Dining room
Dining room
q curtains and lighting fixture recommendations, home decor, lighting, window treatments, Dining room
Dining room
q curtains and lighting fixture recommendations, home decor, lighting, window treatments, Dining room
Dining room
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  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Jul 24, 2016
    It depends which feel you want to give to the room.
    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 24, 2016
      I need help with the feel. I like French country and would love to stick with that. But I can't get rid of great grandmas table I redid.
  • Lindy Lindy on Jul 24, 2016
    You have a couple of "themes" going on so maybe pinning one of them down would help you. Say for instance you chose the French farm house look because of the table and bench. Paint your chairs a creamy white to match the legs of the table and get rid of some of the "brown-ness" in the room. This might be a good thing to do on the buffet as well, and that would unite the two different styles. The lines on the buffet are beautiful with that bottom area and feet. You could do French stencil in the middle of the buffet top-I've seen some great ones for short money. You could get by with the chandelier if you redo the chairs and buffet as it looks like it could tie in once that's done. I'd keep the curtains simple. Maybe something in a cream linen like material with a simple band of color(it could even be black) sewn on the edge where the two panels meet in the center. Lastly an area rug to tie it all together, some red flowers in a big cream pitcher/bowl on the table and you're done. Of course, just ideas, but I would steer clear of heavy drapery treatments. Not enough window to handle the weight of the look.
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    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 24, 2016
      Would something like this work?
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 24, 2016
    Agree with Lindy - decide on style.
    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 24, 2016
      That's what I need help with-deciding on a style. It's Schitzophrenic and I can't decide what personality should be prominent. I like French country.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jul 24, 2016
    Honestly, I would clear out everything from the room and start all over again, save the bench. Table, chairs and buffet are not nice or of more than Goodwill value and it all does not go together with anything. Paint your room satin white cream or soft yellow, strip and redo the wood floors. If you must save the furniture. take it all out back and spray paint it all one solid gloss or satin color, even black would do. If you can't redo the floors, same thing, paint it one solid color or paint on a pattern then seal coat it with a polysatin. Sheer white curtains and 'uplighting' floor lamps or light pots.
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    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 25, 2016
      Please don't respond to my posts. Go help someone else.
  • Vicki Vicki on Jul 24, 2016
    Definitely decide on a theme. I really like the bench and poster as a starting point. Since you only asked about lighting and windows, I will save the rest of my comments on furniture except to say that as is, the room is very dark and "heavy." Once you tackle that you will see the need for light airy window treatments. Simple lines, white or off white linen or lace (although I personally don't like the idea of lace, but you might.) It is difficult to ascertain the size of your room, but I would consider rustic ironwork for your chandelier. Again, if you can find simple lines with a touch of ornate that might be perfect. Think about your Fleur-de-lis when picturing the lines of the light. As mentioned above, dots of up-lighting for dramatic focus could work if used sparingly. I would play with the idea of putting the bench in front of the window, perhaps moving the sideboard to where the bench once was and maybe turning the table the other direction if there is room. Again, it will depend on the dimensions of the table and the room. Good luck. Several of the other comments to your question are very good. Pick what works for you!
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    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 24, 2016
      This was table before I redid it.
  • Louise Adams Louise Adams on Jul 24, 2016
    I love your "goodwill" furniture and think you have done a fantastic job so far. I agree with Lindy's suggestions. As I visualize her concept, I think it's beautiful! I love French Country also, and think you are well on your way to a French dining room. If you need help finding the right window treatment, Google whatever type you are looking for. You'll find tons of examples. You've done a great job, Be proud if it!!
    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 25, 2016
      Thank you Louise. I know I need a lot of help. Goodwill furniture is popular here, and I like it too. I think it's a bit of too many ideas for one room. . I need constructive critique not criticism like I got from John.
  • Louise Adams Louise Adams on Jul 25, 2016
    Forget about John, Rebecca, not worth thinking about. One thing you have to keep in mind is what YOU like. You're the one living there and you have to enjoy being in your house. Lindy did give some good advice, but you don't have to do any of if it's not you, or you can do a little at a time. I really like the idea of a white vase with big red flowers on the table. If you have a Hobby Lobby or Michaels near you you can find them fairly cheaply. I know how you feel. I have an old 70s triple dresser that I am using as storage and I want to paint it, but am stuck on which color! Believe in yourself, Rebecca!
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    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 25, 2016
      So sweet of you to say Connie. I find all of the "inspiration" on sites tend to overwhelm me. Sometimes too many choices are too many, for me anyway. I feel like I have one foot nailed to the floor as I scurry around to pull pieces together. Then I end up with a modge-podged room. The Drexel dresser I found is staying in the bedroom to function as a dresser. I will eventually paint it, but the bedroom is a whole other story. #thestruggleisreal
  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Jul 25, 2016
    With your table is nothing wrong, it needs just a bit more on it : see photo 1 Then for your dressoir, I would put more white things on it like plates and so on, also, change the lamp (see photo 2) I would buy a copper paint and do your handles on the dressoir and here and there a line on the sides and on the those legs. A copper that's very shiny. I would do the same on your lighting fixture. and last, but not least, or buy another mirror or change the "frame", see picture 4. Those suggestions are maybe not your choise at all, bur maybe we come closer to the "feel" you want.
  • Lindy Lindy on Jul 25, 2016
    Personally I think it's way too large for your table. Here is a guide for how to establish what the right height and width your chandelier should be . I hope this helps. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/43609/list/choosing-and-hanging-your-dining-room-light
  • Pam Martin Pam Martin on Jul 25, 2016
    If you find a few choices on lighting you like... Feel free to email me and I will help you. I'm a decorator in AR and my main mission is to help others. ILOVE WHAT I DO. I'm a honest Christian and will help you get good pricing from my vendors. No charge ;-) Pamlillymartin@hotmail.com My products are usually shipped FREE AS WELL ;-)) If you prefer to go a different route I would look at some of the goodwill stores at chandeliers and spray paint them. They turn out very pretty and then you can use the round LED lighting with lumens to make sure you have the same amount of wattage. Those bulbs can be found at Lowes and they help keep your electric bill down as well as give a whole new look to a chandelier instead of the usual chandelier bulb
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    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 25, 2016
      I don't want to take advantage so let me know if I'm asking too much. What about curtains? I want color, but fear picking too bold or making a bad color choice. I don't mind paying for simple custom made curtains. I don't want/need anything elaborate.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 26, 2016
    Love the table. (Similar to mine from the 1930s.) The bench and poster look good together but maybe a bit too dark for the rest of your furnishings? (I'd use the cushion that's a British flag somewhere else if you're going for French country. lol) You can unify with colour - and I think it is the navy - very Frenchy - in your curtains, lamp shade. Think your other pic needs a frame so it doesn't look so contemporary. Chandelier - I'd go with a simple design - maybe in creamy white or black - that has 5 lights with the small shades. You can pick one up at a Thrift, spray paint it, and just buy the shades. Like your curtains, but I'd use them as side drapes tied back with navy ties, and use white sheers under for the light, airy look. Like your navy lamp shade. Add a runner and some interesting stuff, some with a touch of blue/navy on the table as suggested above. I'm also a great believer in using tall potted plants, real or artificial, to soften corners, etc. An area rug would cozy things up - one with some navy in it. (Love Thrifts. Have acquired some amazing things - almost newly upholstered furniture or antiques, signed prints, rugs, mohair throws, fine dishes, etc., etc. Why pay retail? I check frequently and just wait until I find something that will "fit", and that I could use/need/want.)
  • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 26, 2016
    You have some wonderful ideas. I like what you said about adding white sheers to the curtains. Do I need another curtain rod for the sheers or add to existing rod?
    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 26, 2016
      Thanks. Separate one for the sheers. Make sure your drapery rod extends out far enough so the 2 sets don't look crowded.
  • Pam Martin Pam Martin on Jul 26, 2016
    Are you able to email me pictures of 1.the four walls of your room and a general pic of the middle of room. Add height of ceiling and dimensions of window ..... 2. Pictures of rooms adjoining to this room you are decorating. FYI... So many choices of both. Don't get discouraged. Be willing to think outside the box 😉
  • Lindy Lindy on Jul 27, 2016
    Hi Rebecca-I just saw the post above the chandelier-totally missed it, sorry. Shame on the too good for the modest home decorator! If you are able to pay the rates then she should be able to fulfill the requirements you pay her for. Anyway, back to you and the room. The buffet is beautiful, but dark. Don't get rid of it, but try to find out if it's worth anything because of age/maker, etc. If it's just old, think about painting it cream as well. Stand back and look at your room-do the walls and table decor look like soldiers marching around the room? Clock her, picture there, mirror there? Think about grouping in odd numbers (3 items rather than 2 items together) rather than marching. If you want to go with black as one of your colors (like the bench) either make or buy simple linen like drapes for the window and pull them back to the edge to let in the light. Get rid of the glass bottle on the table; it's not helping at all. Think pitchers and large bowls together, a different shade for the small lamp on the buffet ...something with red to bring in the color off the painting and sign maybe? A nice arrangement of flowers on the table-keep it simple and a creamy table runner. Maybe hang the clock and the French signage above the buffet together-I would think about getting rid of the mirror just to see if it really was necessary. Every wall doesn't need to be filled. Also the British flag pillows are a whole 'nother country so either recover or repurpose elsewhere. OK, that's it for me and it's only 8 AM. Other suggestion is to look at what Johanna Gaines does on Fixer Upper and go country-she has great ideas for some interesting items. Wish you lived by me-I'd have great fun spending your money and wouldn't charge you a dime LOL!
    • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Jul 28, 2016
      I would so take you up on your offer. I love Fixer Upper. I have commitment issues when it comes to choosing my pieces and fear they are the wrong choice. I need help pulling it all together. When you mention the French signage, are you referring to the framed poster? I'm not sure how the poster and clock would fit over that tiny server. I'll try the poster though. The British pillows are gone and were only there because my husband did not like them on the bed.
  • Lindy Lindy on Jul 27, 2016
    Hometalk has a LIVE tour of a fashion designers FRENCH COUNTRY THEMED townhouse today at 1 PM. Here is the link to find the video-link is in the first paragraph of post. http://www.hometalk.com/18968095/french-country-townhouse-tour?se=fol_new-20160727-1&date=20160727&slg=512d5dd2c9a5f461148ed0170338ec52-1628085
  • Lindy Lindy on Jul 28, 2016
    OUUUU! I see there is an offer from Pam Martin in AR for free help! I love Hometalkers--always willing to help and what a generous offer this one is. I don't know/can't tell the dimensions of the poster/picture/buffet, but play with the 2 largest items and maybe the picture will look best with the poster going on the large wall where the picture now hangs. TThere is a picture of a light fixture at the end of Pamela Martins post. This is similar to the one I just ordered and it is an awesome choice for your room as well. Looks like you have a lot of help rolling in! Good luck and send us all finished pix so we can see how awesome it turns out!
  • RebeccaW62 RebeccaW62 on Aug 02, 2016
    It's still an ongoing concern, but I'm going to work through the problem on my own.
  • Lindy Lindy on Aug 03, 2016
    Check out the live tour today on HT Facebook page ---French Country Home Tour at 1 PM.
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