As cozy as it is chic, farmhouse style evokes feelings of comfort and warmth. It’s traditional without being too fussy, classic without being stuffy, and above all else, sparks a relaxing vibe. It’s all about blending salvaged materials such as reclaimed wood with comfortable furniture and contemporary neutral color schemes. Solid, unfussy antiques mix well with pieces that have a mid-century modern or contemporary vibe.
Most importantly, the style offers comfort without being cluttered. These qualities make it compatible with almost any type of décor. Extremely versatile, a dash of farmhouse style can warm up modern or minimalist spaces and pull together eclectic décor. One of the best places to start adding farmhouse elements to a home is with dining room lighting.
The style provides plenty of elements to play with, and when it comes to lighting, modern farmhouse dining room lighting runs the gamut from vintage-inspired to industrial to rustic to whimsical. When looking for a farmhouse dining room chandelier, look for ones with the materials commonly found in farmhouse style such as wood and metal as well as vintage-style or interesting light bulbs. These elements can make farmhouse light fixtures really pop and create an interesting focal point in the dining area.
Classic Finishes and Traditional Shapes
Reflecting the sensibilities of days gone by, this style features weathered, natural and distressed finishes in traditional shapes. The result is a collected-over-over-time look that is full of warmth and charm. Look for bulbs without shades, curved arms, and weathered finishes.
Middlefield 30 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond
The weathered ash, steel construction, and iron rust finish on the teardrop shape of the Middlefield 30 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond demonstrates the lovely mix of materials often found in farmhouse lighting. The shade-less bulbs give the chandelier a rustic look, while the curved arms bring movement to the space. This lovely example of rustic lighting adds a historical feel to this dining room while also keeping it from feeling too traditional.
Vintage Vibes with an Industrial Feel
Industrial elements often find themselves at home in the vintage farmhouse environment. Cage pendant or suspension lights with their cool metal and sleek silhouettes are great examples of farmhouse lighting. The open sides and exposed bulbs shed light evenly throughout the room. The sloping top and square sides are the perfect accents for any dining area. When there is enough room for it, installing an oversized fixture creates an instant attention-grabbing focal point in any design.
Stinson 34 Inch 8 Light Linear Suspension Light by Hinkley Lighting
A classic statement maker, the Stinson 34 Inch 8 Light Linear Suspension Light by Hinkley Lighting features a robust and airy cage and a distressed brass finish that add an airy sheen to the lighting. The redefined crystal accents offer an unexpected mix of traditional and industrial for maximum impact.
F. Chapman Darlana 41 Inch 5 Light Linear Suspension Light by Visual Comfort and Co.
The E. F. Chapman Darlana 41 Inch 5 Light Linear Suspension Light by Visual Comfort and Co. produces vintage vibes with its gilded rectangular iron frame. At the same time, its clean lines maintain a modern feel. Suspended elegantly from two chain-link cords, it captures the attention of guests and enhances their dining experience.
Pearson 48 Inch 24 Light Chandelier by Capital Lighting Fixture Company
In a twist on the classic farmhouse cage chandelier, the Pearson 48 Inch 24 Light Chandelier by Capital Lighting Fixture Company features two concentric circles and exposed bulbs that provide bright and cheerful illumination. The cone shape produces a symmetrical look, and the clean lines and rustic styling give it an aura of farmhouse charm that evokes simplicity, comfort, and warmth.
Whimsical and Unexpected Lighting
Farmhouse is not a style that takes itself too seriously, and those who want to walk on the whimsical side have plenty of ways to do so. Adding an unexpected touch to entertainment spaces like dining rooms is a great way to express this style. This translates to lighting that is both bold and whimsical and that features unexpected materials and non-traditional shapes.
Tilda 5 Light Mini Chandelier by Arteriors Home
Whet your appetite for whimsy with this five-light chandelier that glows from within when lit. Inspired by tree branches, the Tilda 5 Light Mini Chandelier by Arteriors Home seems to shimmer with moonlight. The whitewashed finish is classic farmhouse. A true showpiece, it hangs deliciously over the dining area that mixes industrial and vintage furniture.
New Looks with Classic Shapes
Classic styles and shapes made with unexpected materials help keep farmhouse dining rooms from looking too traditional. Classic shapes made with distressed or rustic finishes, wood beads, or other natural materials give these light fixtures a stylish and chic farmhouse sensibility.
Falconwood 32 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Currey and Company
Classic old bronze finish and hand-carved wooden beads adorn the Falconwood 32 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Currey and Company, bringing a rustic yet soft ambiance to this dining area. Grand yet subdued, this shape is more often seen with glass beads. This unexpected twist elevates the light and makes it memorable.