Opening up the hallway in our renovation meant that the two lights on one end don’t go with the newly exposed third light from the back side of the house. It’s not the worst thing in the world but the mismatched fixtures irk me, so I’d rather not put them off. Of course, this means I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at flush mount fixtures lately. So many of them are so ugly! There are some great ones out there too though, and I’ve narrowed down the assortment out there to the 30 best — presented here for your illumination (and mine).
Bell Flush Mount Lamp, CB2
Sometimes modern design like this comes with a big price tag, but these little guys are affordable and available in white and brass, or black and steel.
Oxnard 2-Light Ceiling Brushed Nickel Flush Mount, Home Depot
A sleek and simple light without a lot of fuss for a great price.
Alabax Medium, Schoolhouse Electric
Adorable! Choose your porcelain color from marigold yellow, gray, white, or black.
A faceted fixture that looks like collectible milk glass.
Nantucket Ceiling Light, Shades of Light
The antique copper finish lends some antique charm, but you can also choose matte black or brushed stainless.
Allen + Roth Harpwell Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Flush Mount, Lowe’s
The clean lines and oil-rubbed bronze make this a simple but handsome fixture.
Crystorama Lighting Group Astro English Bronze One-Light Flush Mount, Bellacor
Star light, star bright!
20th C. Factory Filament Reflector Flushmount, Restoration Hardware
The mix of metals on this industrial reproduction is fantastic. Choose from a weathered zinc, rush, or steel finish.
Black Horizontal Stripe Nickel Ceiling Light, Lamps Plus
Stripes are always fun.
Satellite 4″, Schoolhouse Electric
Customize this fixture by choosing from six metal finishes and nearly two dozen shades.
Northwestern 6″, Schoolhouse Electric
Six metal finishes and 18 shades let you customize this one to your needs too.
Capiz Flushmount, Pottery Barn
The shells will glow softly when lit.
Robert Abbey Axis Aged Brass Ceiling Light, Lamps Plus
A sweetly scalloped shape overhead could be nice.
Clarissa Glass Drop Flushmount, Pottery Barn
Vintage French Farmhouse Flushmount – Warm White, Restoration Hardware
The bell-shaped shade is graceful and feminine, but the vintage-style top keeps it from being overly sweet.
Starboard Milk Glass Flushmount With Shade – Antique Brass, Restoration Hardware
Ahoy! Light your way with this lamp once used by the British Royal Navy.
Antiqued Metal Drum Flushmount Vintage Brass, Restoration Hardware
So sleek and simple, but that burnished brass finish is gorgeous.
Jonathan Adler Parker Ceiling Light, Lamps Plus
A simple glass light gets some added interest from a geometric band floating around the edge in brass, bronze, or nickel.
Union Filament Milk Glass Wide Flushmount, Restoration Hardware
Perfectly boxy, in your choice of zinc, nickel, or bronze.
Thomas O’Brien Newhouse Circular Flush Mount, Circa Lighting
Circle gets the square. Available in brass, bronze, antique nickel, and polished nickel.
Thomas O’Brien Clark Ceiling Light, Circa Lighting
Is it weird that I think this looks like an upside-down egg cup, and that makes it even more adorable to me?
Caden Flushmount, Restoration Hardware
Inspired by the cross-section of ancient Greek columns. Choose from chrome, nickel, antique nickel, or bronze.
Robert Abbey Doughnut Cross Brass Ceiling Light, Lamps Plus
Like a shiny (shining!) present, all wrapped up in a bow of silver, brass, or bronze.
Alexa Hampton Sophia Flush Mount, Circa Lighting
A chic star to light up your night.
Hudson Valley Lighting – Chandler 2 Light Flush Mount, Lamps.com
Like a four-leaf clover for you ceiling. Available in brass, bronze, and nickel.
Robert Abbey Chase Brass Flushmount Ceiling Light, Lamps Plus
A transitional style that would work in a wide variety of settings. Available in brass, nickel, dark nickel, and bronze.
Sonneman – Bright Satin Aluminum Connetix Surface Mount, Lamps.com
A mod take on Cubism may be just what your space needs.
FLOS Smithfield Ceiling Lamp, All Modern
A large modern classic, available in black, mud (gray/brown), or white.
Niles Flush Mount in Brass, Ralph Lauren Home
Never has something that looks like a hex nut looked so chic.
Sputnik Flush Mount Lamp, Jonathan Adler
A Sputnik statement! Choose from nickel or brass.
Laura @ Rather SquareJuly 30, 2014 at 9:40 am
So what are you leaning toward? Will you do matching fixtures all down the hall, or mix them up?
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 9:42 am
I want them each to match. I forgot to include one that I like a lot in the roundup, which is the Wildwood Semi-Flush Mount from Rejuvenation. So many of the ones I like are expensive! $400 for one room, OK, fine — if it’s really something special. Times three for a hallway? Eeek.
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 9:44 am
And I do like the very first one in white from CB2, but not for this house.
DanielleJuly 30, 2014 at 9:44 am
Wow – I’m impressed you found so many great options! Thanks for sharing!
LauraJuly 30, 2014 at 10:00 am
This is so awesome – I, too, am seriously struggling with finding attractive flush mount lighting for my office, so this is really helpful. Thanks so much for putting this together!!
ThirkellgirlJuly 30, 2014 at 10:10 am
I’ve been looking for a flushmount for my kitchen reno, and was intrigued by the $49 brushed nickel one from Home Depot until I read the reviews. What made you put it in your best-30?
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 10:16 am
I’ve seen a few bloggers DIY that light to make it look like a more expensive brass finish, and they seem happy with the fixture. I can’t speak to the quality of it (it’s a $50 light — I wouldn’t exactly expect the best), but as for the reviews that say it’s dim, that’s going to be the case with any fixture with enclosed light that focuses it downwards.
Amy MasonJuly 30, 2014 at 10:44 am
I see you don’t have any listed from Rejuvenation. Do you know about them? Not inexpensive, but their lights are very good quality and they have some great ones!
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 10:48 am
Someone asked the same thing on Facebook. It wasn’t intentional to not include them! I linked to one of my favorites in a comment above that I mean to put into the roundup, but I had twice as many lights that I was narrowing down the choices from and theirs didn’t make it in the final groupings.
Tanya from Dans le LakehouseJuly 30, 2014 at 10:49 am
Such a great round up! I recently replaced every dated boob light in my lake house with the Ikea Vanadin. I wanted a cheap flush mount so I could splurge on three Nelson Bubble lights in the dining room.
The Vanadins look good (especially the glass – it’s STUNNING) except they don’t lie completely flush. The installation is super cheap – they attach with a zip tie! BUT, the price was so good and now the whole lighting in the house is updated, plus I got my dream light.
You can see them in action here:
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Ha, I had no idea about the zip tie installation. They look fantastic in your house though (as does everything else)! So nice to see them in place versus just having seen them online and in the store.
KimJuly 30, 2014 at 10:55 am
Dying over the bronze options! Have you seen the DIY starburst light someone created? http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-gold-sunburst-flush-mount-light.html It’s been an inspiration on Pinterest for me forever now! May be too much for 3 lights in a hallway, but maybe a bit smaller?
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm
I love that idea for Eleanor’s room! I was thinking of doing a ceiling medallion, but that could work too.
Janet MJuly 30, 2014 at 11:17 am
I was really coveting lights from school house electric with I think a now discontinued turquoise hand painted shade.
But I needed 1 flush mount and two pendants for my kitchen and that was over my budget. The school house style one at Home Depot was only in oil rubbed bronze which is not my thing.
I bought 3 chrome ones for my kitchen from destination lighting very affordable http://www.destinationlighting.com/products/schoolhouse-ceiling-lights. (My kitchen is white & aqua with a black “slate” floor)
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 2:38 pm
I think I remember that turquoise shade! Thanks for the additional source. The problem with some of the big box places (Home Depot or otherwise) is that you’re covered if you want ORB or nickel, but the selection starts to get kind of slim if you want something else.
Sayeh, The Office StylistJuly 30, 2014 at 11:28 am
Love the ones you picked. So many great styles and great prices. I especially love the black horizontal stripe one.
MegJuly 30, 2014 at 11:52 am
This is so timely…just moved into a new house and I’ve been shopping for ceiling fixtures. Thanks!
CelesteJuly 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm
I so want to change out all the ugly flush-mount fixtures in my condo, but since I rent and there’s at least 10 throughout my 2-bedroom unit (in addition to an ugly chandelier and bathroom lighting) I can’t justify it. My ceilings in the downstairs are 8 and 10 feet, so it could become a liability, as well.
I think I’ll just end up changing the chandelier in the dining area and maybe the flush light in the entry way. I think that would take the focus off the eyesore lights elsewhere. Hopefully.
Making it LovelyJuly 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm
We did that in our apartment years ago — just changed the dining room chandelier out. It made a huge difference! And if you hold on to the old fixture, you can just swap them out again before you move if you want to take your new light with you.
Mary AnnJuly 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Wow. Excellent finds. Thank you for doing all the hard work for us!
And, what a brilliant (no pun intended) idea for a post. Amazingly helpful (bet this gets re-pinned like crazy)!
MattieJuly 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm
Great round up, we are in the process of a whole house reno and I am obsessed with lights at the moment. The kitchen is where I’m stuck now too!
JennyJuly 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Some of these are lovely: http://www.highstreetmarket.com/collections/lighting/ceiling-fixtures?page=1
JenniferJuly 31, 2014 at 8:43 am
There is a post somewhere out in blogland on painting that $50 Home Depot light (with Rub-N-Buff, I think). It really gave it the look of one of the higher-end options.
MichelleAugust 1, 2014 at 8:36 am
I’ve got two of the Nantucket lights from shades of light in my kitchen. Although I preferred the look of clear glass encompassing the bulb, it threw out too much light. (My husband complained that he felt blinded.) We ended up having to frost the glass to take care of that issue.
NinaAugust 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm
Just discovered your blog through Oh Happy Day and I’m so glad I did! Love this flushmount round up. There are so many horribly ugly light fixtures out there and this category seems to have the worst of the worst. I am so impressed that you have found so many good one’s! Nice work! I need to choose one for our foyer as I’ve been putting it off cause I just haven’t found anything good. I love numbers 6 and 7 in the $300-$500 range. Of course I like the priciest most! Thank you for this!
SusieAugust 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm
Thanks for sharing! Could you please do this for sconces someday? We desperately need to replace two over our fireplace and have no idea what to choose or where to look on a budget.
Jule9BAugust 4, 2014 at 1:01 pm
I am looking for a elegant lamp/chandelier for my bathroom and absolutely LOVE the Clarissa by Pottery barn. Unfortunately I guess I have to get the medium one because the little one is too tiny and would look unproportionate in the room …. man, that’s not exactly inexpensive… plus I have to have it shipped to Germany which costs so much extra. And I don’t know if it works with the German circuit points or if I have to have something changed by an electrician. :( But I love it. I want the glam look in that room and there’s nothing like that glass drop chandelier to be found here in good old Germany.
Sarah | Live The Life You Dream AboutAugust 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm
This is the most comprehensive flush mount light fixture post I’ve ever seen! Amazing selection.
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