Brightening Up Blah Spaces

As I scope and poke around for decor ideas and inspirations, I’ve noticed one of the common threads in houses with a wow factor is they all treat every room like it’s a special room. Meaning, not only dining rooms and living spaces get decked out with design elements such as candles, chandeliers and accent rugs, but laundry rooms, bathrooms, and walk-in closets do, too. I appreciate and see why it makes sense to give the usually overlooked rooms some love, too. Even though we don’t lounge or entertain in there, we still spend some time in those rooms and plus, it’s still an extension of our home. And why not make the laundry room feel like a beautiful space to work in while doing something that’s anything but glamorous?

I’ve decided that over-the-top opulent chandeliers are not the way for me when it comes to dressing up these “other rooms.” I just want to give it a hint of warmth and elegance, nothing too grand. I like the idea of using capiz pendants and lights for this purpose. Capiz is the name of the translucent outer shell of oysters found mostly around the Philippines. They’re delicate and exquisite yet casual in essence. Pieces made out of Capiz range in price, so there’s an abundance of choices for every budget.

Here are some of my favorite sea-inspired fixtures that I’ve been considering:

1. World Market White Capiz Linen Pendant Lamp, $129.99

2. West Elm Capiz Orb Pendants, $149-$299

3. Restoration Hardware Capiz Shell Pendant (18″), $325

4. World Market Large Capiz Lotus Hanging Pendant Lantern, $149.99

5. Houzz Cobblestone Coastal Beach Capiz Shell Round Pendant, $688

I’d love to know which is your favorite, and what room you think it should belong in!

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Comments 17

  1. I was actually looking at 1 and 4 for my mudroom or my dining room! LOVE World Market! I have to say they are all beautiful but I am not loving number 5. First, it’s the most expensive and second, when I look at it, I see snake skin instead of seashells ha! Any of the others would look good in any room! I love your blog!

  2. i like 1 and 2. I can’t wait to see photos of the house when it is done. it is going to be beautiful. what wallpaper did you go with. I love your blog!

  3. I really like number 2. I think it would give off a good amount of light in all directions making any room warmer. Depending on the size, I would say this would work really nice in a closet or laundry room. Number 1 is also lovely, though it seems like this one would be better in an area that you want to have more direct lighting. Love the site by the way. Inspires me to do better on all fronts.

  4. I like 1 and 4 the best. For closets and laundry rooms 2 & 3. Thank you for asking. It is so fun to decorate!!!

  5. I actually like the last one. I would put it in a walk-in closet. Number 3 and 4 belong I in a bathroom I think, and number 2 is perfect for a dining room. I’m having trouble picturing any of these in a laundry room. Maybe it’s just me. Love your blog, though!

  6. I looked at the ones from World Market also, but the reviews on the capiz crumbling were not good, you might want to check those

  7. I think the first one (World Market White Capiz Linen Pendant Lamp) would be wonderful for the laundry room. To me, it looks au naturale, great for a room where you clean clothes and return them to their original state. I wish you all the best in finding the perfect fixtures for your rooms!

  8. Hi Julianne, I like some of your choices especially #1. For some soft lighting (40 Watts), I have a pair of tatamilite lamps which I bought over 15 years ago. They have a silhouette of some birds (cranes?) that are really pretty. I would say they are more decorative than functional, but are good for mood lighting 🙂

  9. This is so much fun! #5 is my favorite! I also like #4 for a laundry room (cute and fun). I’m a minimalist, so I tend to buy few pieces and I only buy pieces that bring me joy when I look at them. “Less is more” mentality has made all the difference in the world for me.

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