What can I do to make the lights and ceiling in this room look better?


We took out the partitioning that divided this room in two. The problem is that it now has two mismatched lights and a cracked seam running through the ceiling. We don’t want to redo the ceiling or wiring right now because we will be renovating in a year’s time or so.

What can we do in the interim to make the lights and ceiling look better?

We are prepared to get new light fixtures. The main light source in the room are these two lights. Also, we know how to fix the crack in the ceiling but don’t want to have the mess again, so we need a cosmetic solution.

q what can i do to make the lights and ceiling in this room look better
  7 answers
  • Karen Brunck Karen Brunck on May 28, 2019

    Hi Thea. Nice room. You could use a small sander connected to a shop vac hose to smooth the crack with very minimal mess. Add some matching trim to the gaps, a fresh coat of paint, and a matching pair of lights, should hold you over for another year. 😊

    • Thea Thea on May 28, 2019

      I am beginning to think that trimming it over is by far the easiest.😃

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on May 28, 2019

    This is a really cool looking room. I think you should definitely do something with the lights though... You could replace the Tiffany style fixture with a chandelier similar to the other one and spray paint them both the same color. I think a fun pop of color would look great. Or you could find more modern hanging fixtures and replace them both.

  • Spacey Spacey on May 28, 2019

    Spray paint lights to a bronze or copper for the metal parts only, then put up that cheap faux boards 1” thick by 4 or whatever works best over the crack area using nailer and caulk


    even a draped scarf affect like an Arabian nights tea room on the ceiling

    • Thea Thea on May 28, 2019

      I like the Arabian Nights idea. It goes well with the new duvet set.

  • Naomi Anctil Cline Naomi Anctil Cline on May 28, 2019

    i Would cover the seam with thin wood (painted white) to make the ceiling look like it is framed. Check your habitat restore or charity shop for another similar chandelier and replace the Tiffany style light. I have found my dining room chandelier at the restore. You should have good luck and you can drop off the other one at the same time 😊. You could spray paint them with color if you had time.

  • Cat Cat on May 28, 2019

    nice room. For me, there is too much white. Maybe paint the dresser. and get two matching pendant lights - they're not too expensive at Home Depot. Good luck!

    • Thea Thea on May 28, 2019

      I think Holly’s idea of bright chandeliers goes well with your concern re. too much white.

  • Linda Todd Linda Todd on May 28, 2019

    I’d paint the light fixture pewter and add some bling. Maybe hang crystal (I’d use the glass they sell on Amazon). Then I’d make a three sided box make with 1x4s to cover the tiny trim. Stain it gray. Would really blend well with your room. Have fun!

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    • Linda Todd Linda Todd on May 28, 2019

      oops! Didn’t see that one. Since it’s above a desk and a stand, I’d take off the shade and replace with a drum shade. Looks small enough to use a regular lap shade. If you want color or a print, there are many choices. It just needs to blend with the other in terms of style. Drum shades can be embellished with the same bling as your chandelier to tie them together. Just get what you like! Your rooms should reflect who you are.

  • Pat Pat on May 28, 2019

    For the cracked seam in the ceiling, can you nail a piece of 2 x 1 over it and paint it white? As for the lamps....two of the same would look good...either the chandi or the pendent.

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