I recently bought a simple IKEA Melodi Pendant light to hang in my nook above my dining table. It was for $9.99 + tax, so it was really affordable, but doesn’t look like crap. I like how it glows through the white shade, and gives the nook a soft ambient look. I was originally going to get those Asian-looking round paper-made ones, but was told it was too cheap-looking.
I’m happy with how much it costs and looks. The setup is easy, mind you we didn’t do the full complete installation…we kind of cheated a bit, and made a fake ceiling board, along with cable channels…still it looks decent, and the way the nook is built, you rarely look up – you’re more likely to be focused on the food on the table