It took me some time (4.5 months to be exact) to decide what to do with the lights. What I wanted was the same amount of light, division of spaces and versatility. I didn't want the new lighting to prevent me from putting up bookcases, rearranging the room, or changing things around later on down the road.
I finally decided on adding two new recessed lights and putting a light fixture above the table. That fixture could be a chandelier, a special light, or changed to a simple flush mount depending on how the space was being used. You can see in the before and after images I whipped up quickly the differences.
We still have to install the light above the dining room table. Just like with the entry-way chandelier I went through and chose several and then let my husband look at them. Below are our top choices. Which one do you think we got? (That's not our table, just one that I popped in to help me through the thinking process.)
Drum Shade Choices by maggiemuggins on Polyvore
Hopefully next week we will have the light installed and I can show you some after photos!