New Dining Room Lighting, Ikea Hektar Pendant

ikea hektar lighting in eat in kitchen

Hey y’all!  This past week, my hubby and I decided to stop by my new favorite store:  Ikea.  I know, I know—you’re probably thinking “Ummmm, where have you been?? ” Well, when we bought our house 10 years ago, we bought a good majority of our furniture from Ikea.  But as we grew, we invested in some more “grown-up” furniture, but something, lately, has really drawn me back.  I mean, they have some really awesome stuff right now!  Hubby and I have been to Ikea (which is an hour away from us), 4 times in the past month!  So today, I wanted to show you the new dining room lighting that I recently installed, with the help of my 15 year old, in like 15 minutes!

Styles change, it’s no secret, but I get bored, really fast—I’m not proud of it.  But–this drum shade will get a paint job and I’ll use it in my bedroom, which is in need of an update anyway, so it’s a win-win.

It all started with this image (below) that I shared on my Instagram account.  At the time, the image was perfect to me, but strangely, after looking at it over and over again, I became very critical of the space, and I determined that it was the chandelier–it had to go!

Because I’m so indecisive, I did what any normal person would do, when trying to decide on new decor pieces— I created this image with a mobile photo editing app (photogrid) to get a good visual.  Well, kind-of-good image, then I ran the idea by some of my insta-sistas.

Okay, this is a horrible representation, lol, but I really needed to visualize them in the space.  I loved the light airiness of the rattan fixture, but I think, visually, it would have been very similar to our current chandelier.  I was worried that the black pendant would be to obtrusive, since it is such a small space.

However, we ultimately decided that the black pendant would have more longevity in our home.  Hubby grabbed the ladder, and told me to set it up while he ran to the post office . . . I figured I’d disconnect the chandelier while I waited for him to return, but it was such an easy install that I just went for it!  I let my 15 year old support the lighting as I connected the wires and we had it done in minutes!  (disclaimer:  I have installed lighting in the past, so I am somewhat knowledgeable about doing it, please don’t try it if you are unfamiliar with the process.)

ikea hektar lighting in dining area

To say I’m in love with it–is an understatement!

ikea hektar lighting in dining room

I was a little concerned that the black would be too bold, but I think the boldness is exactly what was needed in our space.

ikea hektar lighting in dining room

The light that it provides is a very down light, which makes it perfect for dinner time.  It feels more intimate, and helps to ground the table so much more than our other chandelier.

ikea hektar lighting in dining room

So what do you think?  Which light would you have chosen?

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  1. Angela East
    February 20, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Hey Carli!! It's your friend @iamangelaeast on IG. I think the light you chose is a huge statement piece. It's perfectly ok to mix styles and you did it just right. Even the color. See you on the Gram ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Erin Marshall
    February 21, 2016 / 1:15 am

    I love it Carli. Great decision๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Sheree Thomas
    February 23, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    I promised I would make it to the blog, and I finally did. I love it.. Adding to my Reader. Its @stagepresents (from Instagram). Your Instagram page was a great sneak peak into the blog. Kudos!!

  4. Alaya
    February 26, 2016 / 2:20 am

    I love it! Great choice! and a hour away and 4 trips! That's dedication! I want to change mines as well so I will be checking out IKEA too

  5. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    hi there, love you light the way it is over your table. I have been searching it on the internet, as I bought it as well a few days ago. I am not sure what wattage you are using because I am confused with the varying allowances somehow. Mine states 40 W maximum on the inside of the shade .. but another says 60 W.I have noticed in the meantime that the instructions don't mention wattage, but this one is made in China (they separate) as opposed to the Ikea ones made in Spain (made in one mould, one piece which positions the bulb in a different area, sits higher).Could you tell me what you use? Thanks so much.

  6. Unknown
    January 15, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    hi, i'll be very gratefull if You can tall me what surface has this interior (in square meters)?I ask because i have rather small living room, and i consider instalation of the haktar lamp 38 cm there. I see that Your kitchen is also not so big… It will be perfect for me if You could tell me also the hight of that kitchen, best regards

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