First choice: What color hardware? From the original dining room chandelier photo, it looks like the house may have had matte bronze hardware. I won't know for sure until I've stripped the paint from the original door hardware. But bronze seems to be trendy right now. I don't want it to look dated in a few years.
Second choice: the kitchen lighting. I need to replace an overhead pendant and a wall sconce. The walls and cabinets right now are an ugly yellow. I will probably paint the walls a very pale, pale green. Eventually the cabinets will be replaced with pretty white shaker-style models. That in mind, which do you like best? Keep in mind that they can be all white, white with black lines, or white with color (blue, green, beige, red).
Third choice: the dining room chandelier. Here is what the original, but, alas, stolen, period piece looked like:
I'm kind of leaning towards a plain, white, straight-sided shade. Am I missing and opportunity?