Our upstairs has low ceilings - as in one of our son's taller friends bumped his head in the door ways. The space either called for flush mount light fixtures or recessed lights. Most flush mounts are either a) unattractive boob lights b) attractive & expensive. Of course recessed lights were always an options, but I wanted something with more personality because this space is visible from the entry way.
The three frames were hung over the weekend and will eventually hold pictures from our trip to Italy. Does any one else have empty pictures on their walls? You can read about the DIY runner here. The framed map was given to us by Mr.'s late grandparents - a nice reminder of our summers on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
Like Kristen, I went with a light from Home Depot and added a little Rub & Buff.
As you can see, it cost less than this option and it only took a few minutes to give it a makeover.
Thankfully no one has bumped their head (so far). That attic access is really just a figment of your imagination :). #oldhouseproblems
While I was "rubbing and buffing", I also gave the light in our entry way a touch of gold. The two lights work nicely together now - one being more traditional and the other a bit modern, both tied together in color.