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Moving on to a Flush Mount after Breaking Up with your Boob Lights: A How-To and Round Up

The dreaded boob light. You know what I’m talking about…

Our house was full of them, and I made it my mission to replace every single one. To this date, there is only one remaining in our entryway. I’m coming for you boob light straggler!

There are SO many beautiful, inexpensive flush mount or semi-flush mount options out there. Though this seems like a silly expense to some, especially when their boob light is doing its job and providing light to a dark room, replacing it with a flush mount can totally change up the look and feel of the entire space.

I’ve listed 8 of my favorite, affordable flush mount and semi-flush mounts below and will guide you through how to choose the right one for your space.

Favorite Flush Mounts on a Budget

As I mentioned above, replacing your boob light with a stylish flush mount does not have to set you back hundreds of dollars. One of my favorites below (#3) is only $74! Check out some of my favorite flush mounts for under $200. Most of the ones below are offered in many different finishes. I wanted to give you a variety so that you know what’s out there. If you like a certain style but was hoping for a different finish, click on the product link and you might be surprised by how many options you have.


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Choosing the Right Size

The issue I’ve run into when replacing my lights is choosing the right size for the room. For example, we have a fairly large, open living room with 8’ ceilings. A big, beautiful chandelier was not an option, but I wanted a flush mount that made a statement and fill the room with adequate light. I went with a 20” flush mount from Joss and Main. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available.

For a larger room, go for a flush mount that’s 18”-22”.
It will fill the space without looking too small and awkward.

Joss and Main

On the other hand, when looking for a flush mount for the nursery, which is a typical size bedroom, I was stuck on finding the perfect size. I didn’t want to put a puny fixture on the ceiling for it to get lost in the room or one that was too big and overpowering. I found this one, which is 15”.

For a typical size bedroom (10’ x 12’), a 13”-15” is ideal.

Pata Home

Choosing the Right Finish

It is OKAY to mix metals. I’ve given you the permission to do so. Though it’s so easy for me to say, it’s certainly a stumbling block in my decision making sometimes. In my kitchen, it was important for the hardware to match the light fixtures. I’m usually not matchy-matchy, but I just couldn’t let myself mix the metals. There are so many kitchens that I love with mixed metals though, so don’t be afraid to do so.
RULE OF THUMB: Stick to two finishes. Many more and it might get a little busy to the eye.

Studio McGee

Style is more important than finish. You need to figure out what kind of style you’re going for and match with that instead of finding the perfect polished nickel. If you have beautiful farmhouse décor, then find something a little more rustic and lived-in and not something sleek and polished or chrome. Think matte black, oil-rubbed bronze, and wood. I will go more into finding the right fixture for each style in a different post, but for now, consider matching styles instead of finishes.

Here’s the flush mount ($99!) I chose for the nursery, which is a modern, neutral, boho theme. Though I’m throwing in some gold with the décor, which helped me make a decision on the finish, I was looking for something to tie in with the style more than matching every metal. I also considered a dark oil-rubbed bronze fixture that would have fit the style nicely as well.

Lamps Plus

Have you made the boob light swap-out in your home?

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