Asked on Jun 26, 2012

I am looking for ideas for making a ceiling light for my cottage?

MaryanneLandlightSAt The Picket Fence


It doesn't have to be a flush mount but I only have a hang cleance of about 10". The cottage was built in 1930 and we are renovating but I would like to keep the old cottage feel. We will also be accenting a wall nearby with a similiar light. Thanks.
5 answers
  • If your ceilings are white, and you have rustic type beams that do not touch the ceiling, you can install bounce lighting that reflects upwards. You can use flood type fixtures on existing beams, or construct wooden U shaped beams and place the lights inside of them facing up.

  • Jeanie C
    on Jun 27, 2012 please check out this website. So many ideas and inexpensive too.

  • At The Picket Fence
    on Jun 27, 2012

    Maryanne, what about something really unique and vintage. A large outdoor lantern can be converted with a light kit and you could keep it close to the ceiling and also adapt one for a wall sconce. I've also seen people take the metal part of the flower baskets that have the lining, removing the lining and turn them upside down with a light kit for a fun open light fixture. People are using mason jars, bottles, all kinds of things and adapting them for lights. You can also make your own drum shade fixture. You can see the one I made on my profile with a link to it. It could be adapted for any height ceiling. ~Heather

  • LandlightS
    on Jun 27, 2012

    If you want to stay with the 30's look, try lighting from Restroreration Hardware. Additionally, I like to add a comtemporary rail or cable light system to highlight artwork or architectural features in the room. For a center light, I can see a large (12 - 15 inch) school house globe either flush mounted or as a short pendant Have a nice 4th holiday Gary

  • Maryanne
    on Jul 1, 2012

    Thank you for the ideas. I shared them with my husband who is an electrician and we have found the perfect decorative lanterns that I am going to paint to match my decor. This is a great site. Thanks again.

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