Corey and I been working for a while to find a light fixture for our breakfast nook that really fits the direction we’re wanting to go in this room. We wanted something nice and impactful that would make a statement, but we didn’t want to spend a ton of money. Corey and I tried to tackle it on our own and make something, but it was a big fat failure (despite our very successful attempt at building a dining room chandelier). Apparently, success at one light fixture does not translate to success in another.
We had a very specific vision for what we wanted to put in here – we wanted something large and orb-shaped with a lot of texture. We also wanted that would coordinate with (but not compete with) the big chandelier in our dining room, which is right across the room. Thankfully, with a bit of research and a lot of patience, we landed on the absolute perfect light for this space. It’s big, it’s gorgeous, and it adds a ton of character to this blank little nook.
This guy is the MASKROS light from IKEA. It’s incredibly affordable, especially given the size – it’s only $89 for the giant, 32″ diameter version. There’s also a smaller version of it, but we went for the gold and snagged the large one. It checked off all of the boxes on our wish list – it’s huge, it adds some texture to the room, and it mimics the orb-shapes in our dining room chandelier very nicely without detracting from it at all. It’s basically perfect. The one downfall of this light? You have to put each individual flower on it…one at a time.
In case you’re wondering, there are 160 of them. It’s tedious, to say the least.
We were nervous when we first started installing it that it was going to be too large for our small little nook, but once it was all done we fell in love. The nook is open to the rest of the kitchen and there’s really nothing else over there, so it actually fills up an otherwise blank space very well. It packs just the right punch and it adds some fun texture to the room too. I get a little giddy every time I see it.
We briefly considered doing something to customize the light a bit – I love this version, as well as this gold-painted one but in the end, we decided we love it just like it is. I’m always a fan of light, bright colors in the kitchen, and this plays off the dark colors of our chairs perfectly. I’m still considering going back and painting the base and the cord gold for a fun little pop of color, but for now, I think it’s pretty perfect.
I’m so pleased that we decided to go this route for our breakfast nook, and I think this light completes the space nicely. Of course, between this light and the one we have in the dining room, it’s going to be hard to figure out how to replace our fluorescent light without making this whole room way too busy. We’ll need something nice and simple so it doesn’t compete with all of the other awesomeness in this room!
What’s your favorite version of the MASKROS light? Do you like it hacked or just the way it comes?