I don't have any wiring above my dining-room table. Any suggestions for a non-electrical lighting fixture?
Your "problem" may actually be a good thing, as direct overhead light can be harsh and unflattering, especially if the light is directed from behind.
Candlelight, therefore, is an ideal option, as it produces a warm, flickering source; I also love the look of candelabras on a table or wall-mounted ones surrounding it. (Just remember to use dripless candles to protect the floors or French polished mahogany.) Also, refracted and reflected light can be very cool: Don't think this is kinky, but putting a reflective surface on the ceiling, such as silver leaf, antiqued mirror or a rubbed wax finish, will catch the candlelight and produce a soft glow. Position sources around the room and the ceiling will come alive, creating real drama.
Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is the president of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. in Toronto. Have a design question? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.