"Wow! You have a chandelier"
I admit, I LOVE perusing the Restoration Hardware catalog. Though not a fan of everything they do, I think they offer a few interesting pieces from time to time.For example, take this chandelier. I think the antique look is spot on and I love the finish of wood, zinc and steel.
This piece is ideal for those spaces where you want a great fixture without the "Wow! You have a chandelier!" reaction. (*shudders* I can still remember the first time I encountered that!)
I can see this hanging over a vintage mahogany dining room table with an incredible view from the floor to ceiling windows at the end of the table. This piece would give you soft lighting and allow you to "see through it" and not obstruct the view.