Decorative lighting is an artform in itself, with designs that catch the eye whether the bulb is one or off. Consider mixing different styles with complementary tones or mixed metals.
Glass metallic copper Cologne pendant lamp light hanging
spray paint hula hoops black, string lights on them and hang them from the ceiling.
Starry String Lights - Amber Lights on Copper Wire
The Art Of Up-Cycling: DIY Chandeliers, Upcycling Ideas To Create Stunning Diy Chandeliers,,, you could maybe somehow break the plates to be moon shapes and glue two cups together for planets... and funk it up a bit... can serve as inspiration..
Lee Broom´s Crystal Bulb Pendant http://ecc.co.nz/lighting/indoor/pendants-chandeliers/clear-crystal-bulb-pendant
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White hallway
Paint it White: Paint some big books white & stack them high! - 18 Ways to Upcycle Books via Brit + Co. -- Good for defunct dictionaries, encyclopedias, and textbooks.
Bridie Hall brush pots