is a relaxed, casual design choice that is both elegant and inviting. With eclectic modern updates on traditional rustic country style and plenty of room personalization, farmhouse lighting and decor celebrates tradition while feeling very “now”.
Looking to create a farmhouse look in your home but not sure where to begin? Dive into this guide, which offers ideas by room, so you can plan your farmhouse design updates in the highest priority areas of your home first. Find ideas for your kitchen, living room, outdoors, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, and foyer.
WHAT DOES FARMHOUSE STYLE LOOK LIKE?
Farmhouse design is about using natural materials and finishing them with modern touches that feel both easy and elevated. A farmhouse look is distinct from a rustic room design
, which is more likely to feature repurposed natural materials—rope, reclaimed wood, animal hides, or galvanized metals—evocative of a mountain cabin, lodge, or rural country home. In contrast, the “modern” aspect of modern farmhouse design makes this aesthetic sensible for the city or the country!
Modern farmhouse furniture
and decor takes notes from country rustic traditions, such as an emphasis on Americana charm and traditional family gathering spaces, but adds a sleek edge. Airy, natural hues are common, particularly clean-looking white and beige, earthy shades of brown and gray, and gentle pops of color such as muted blues and greens.
Where lighting design is concerned, farmhouse fixtures often feature traditional materials like metal or glass but with modern lines, geometric motifs, and minimalist touches like exposed edison bulbs
. Farmhouse lights can range from the rustic wood and black iron combinations in our popular Industrial Farmhouse Chandelier
to the mid-century influenced colorful Young House Love Farmhouse Pendant
Now that you know the building blocks of the modern farmhouse look, you’re ready to begin exploring farmhouse design ideas by room.
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN LIGHTING
Because modern farmhouse design emphasizes comfortable gathering spaces for friends and family, farmhouse kitchen lighting
is a great choice for illuminating cooking and eating spaces where you spend time together.
Pendants for Illuminating Meal Prep
When upgrading, replacing or installing new kitchen island lighting, farmhouse pendants
are an ideal choice for striking task lighting. They offer lots of variety in design elements, because they can be suspended from chains, wires, or rods and light shades may be made from glass, metal, wood, ceramic or stone. One of our favorite choices for farmhouse kitchens is the Urban Dome Pendant
great as a single pendant to illuminate a breakfast nook, or as a series of island lights which can hang above your cooking island to promising stylish accessory.
Urban Dome Pendant
Island Chandeliers for Making a Statement
For a bolder statement piece above a kitchen island, you can opt for a farmhouse island chandelier. The Industrial Farmhouse Wavy Glass Island Chandelier is a stunning choice that combines a sturdy steel and distressed weathered oak frame with elegant, flared lines and edison bulbs with textured glass shades.
Industrial Farmhouse Wavy Glass Island Chandelier
Ceiling Lights for Even Ambient Lighting
If your kitchen does not feature an island, you may be more interested in a farmhouse ceiling light. These close-to-ceiling fixtures can be found in many styles, including flush and semi-flush with materials and finishes that create exciting departures from tradition. Our Montana Rustic Semi-Flush Ceiling Light
is a great example of an open-frame wood and metal style with exposed candle bulbs, that will draw the eye upward while giving off even, ambient lighting. Other exciting farmhouse ceiling light styles included beaded, wire cage, corrugated metal, and rattan options.
Montana Rustic Ceiling Light
Wall Sconces for Task Lighting Layers
For an additional kitchen lighting layer, farmhouse sconces are a great choice for adding task lighting above kitchen sinks, especially if they are set against windows, or framing either side of a range hood. Two of our most popular rustic wall sconces to give your lighting a hand-crafted look are the Modern Mason Jar Wall Sconce
and Timber Bath Sconce
Mason Jar Wall Sconce (left), Timber Bath Sconce (right)
Farmhouse Kitchen Tables For Gathering
The lighting doesn’t have to steal the show—you can also incorporate a farmhouse kitchen table
as a part of your kitchen upgrade! Oftentimes smaller, kitchen dining tables are more fitting for everyday meals. Small round kitchen tables are great for breakfast nooks and come with a variety of styles from lacquered to wood-trestle dining tables. Our family-style Chic Farmhouse Adjustable Kitchenette Table
is a lovely addition for any modern farmhouse style kitchen.
FARMHOUSE LIVING ROOM LIGHTING
Let’s move from the kitchen to another essential gathering space in the home—the living room! Farmhouse living rooms are a natural design choice because farmhouse design communicates the idea of a stylish but comfortable home where friends and family are welcome to gather. As a part of this design story, you will want to consider both the layers of light needed to light the room evenly, and how your light fixtures will compliment your living room furniture and decor.
Ceiling Lights That Stand Out
Farmhouse living room ceiling lights supply central brightness and can sit semi-flush, just below the ceiling, or flush, hugging it. When you think of ceiling lights
, you may picture a traditional ceiling light in a nondescript dome or circular shape that gives off ambient light and blends into the room without drawing too much attention.
While traditional and low-profile ceiling lights
can integrate well with most design aesthetics, they have limited decorative appeal. If you’re looking to add visual interest that will draw the eye upward and make a stronger farmhouse statement, consider a ceiling light with unexpected design flair like the Aged Wood Beaded Farmhouse Semi-Flush Ceiling Light
Aged Wood Beaded Farmhouse Semi-Flush Ceiling Light
Decorative Sconces That Work on Any Wall
The decorative farmhouse lighting options do not stop with ceiling lights—wall lights are a great addition too! The Dresden Swing Arm Wall Light
is a charming choice that works well as a stand-alone decorative lighting option in an area such as a reading nook, or as a framing fixture over a mantel, next to a mirror, or in a doorway. With an adjustable swing arm, this farmhouse fixture will be a conversation-starter no matter which living room wall you add it to.
Dresden Swing Arm Light
Chandeliers that Break from Tradition
Unexpected shapes, can be just what you need to add an enhanced sense of style to a farmhouse living room design. The Circular Frame Farmhouse Chandelier
embraces the geometric lines of modern lighting with the rustic charm of wood materials to create a warm focal point in your farmhouse living area.
Circular Frame Farmhouse Chandelier
Farmhouse Fans with Lights that Solve Multiple Problems
If you’re looking to get the most for your money in a living room upgrade, farmhouse ceiling fans with lights
provide cooling, illumination, and decoration all in one! In rooms you and your family use frequently, it can be very helpful to have consistent air circulation for comfort and freshness. For a fan with an impressive size and rustic design, our 60" Rustic Windmill Ceiling Fan
(left) is a stately option. If you’re looking for a farmhouse fan with modern technological advantages, our 56" Garrett Farmhouse Ceiling Fan
(right) has both a hand held remote & wall control with 5 blades and a caged light.
Rustic Windmill Ceiling Fan (left), Garret Farmhouse Ceiling an (right)
FARMHOUSE OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Exterior lights are one of the most important elements of a house, as they provide both curb appeal and night time illumination for safety. If you want to create a beautiful farmhouse exterior then you want to choose fixtures with character, style, and the appropriate level of light. A farmhouse outdoor light is suitable whether you have a city condo or country home and will be sure to direct light down where you need it. Depending on your preference and placement of your modern farmhouse outdoor lighting, you have a number of choices at your disposal.
Exterior Wall Lights for Porches, Patios & Doorways
Farmhouse sconces are great for illuminating doorways, adding style to a garage, or brightening up a patio gathering space. For an outdoor farmhouse sconce design with a touch of vintage inspiration, our Small Farmhouse Outdoor Light
is dimmable, making it an elegant solution for a variety of exterior placements.
Small Farmhouse Outdoor Light
Outdoor Hanging Lights Add Style to Gathering Spaces
The warmth of gathering with friends and family isn’t confined to the indoors! A farmhouse style covered patio, deck, or porch, can benefit from a striking hanging light that adds style to your celebration and relaxation spaces. When it comes to farmhouse outdoor pendant lighting, our Sleek Workshop Outdoor Pendant
will add charm to any patio, gazebo or porch while giving it an outdoorsy feel.
Sleek Workshop Outdoor Pendant
Porch Ceiling Lights for Ambiance & Illumination
Are you looking for a smooth and classic industrial design that will give your porch a modern farmhouse flair? Our Prairie Outdoor Ceiling Light
is tasteful and versatile. It's dimmable and can be used both as an indoor and outdoor lighting.
Prairie Outdoor Ceiling Pendant
FARMHOUSE BATHROOM LIGHTING & VANITY MIRRORS
A farmhouse bathroom can derive its central charm from its lighting. Farmhouse bathroom light fixtures
can jumpstart your everyday routine with a fresh, relaxing feeling and refreshing illumination to help you wake up. Our modern farmhouse bathroom lighting collection ranges from one light rustic fixtures
to four or more lights
, and ranges in style from truncated, caged, cone, and dome styles. Choose from a variety of fixtures, including vanity lights that can be mounted above your mirror and sink area, or ceiling lights that can provide overall illumination.
Soft Seeded Vanity Light
Insulator Glass Bath Light
When it comes to mirrors for your farmhouse bathroom vanity, the frames are the most important design element. Several styles in our collection also include built-in shelves, making them a great storage idea. If you have a farmhouse style bathroom and are not sure where to place the mirror, our mirror placement guide
can help and give you even more farmhouse bathroom ideas!
Farmhouse Vintage Lighted Mirror
FARMHOUSE BEDROOM LIGHTING
For bedrooms, farmhouse wall lights
are a great way to add light to your room while celebrating materials like glass, iron or wood. Shades of Light's modern farmhouse bedroom lighting makes the atmosphere pleasant and help with both your daily and nightly routines.
Farmhouse bedroom ceiling lights either hug the ceiling or sit semi-flush just below it, providing light while enhancing the style of your room. They can be decorative, lavish and also help blend farmhouse bedroom decor. If you need more guidance on how to choose ceiling lights, our ceiling light ideas guide
To compliment your modern farmhouse bedroom light fixtures, farmhouse mirrors
are a functional decor piece for grooming, styling clothing, and adding some visual interest to your walls. Coming in an array of styles, the beauty of a farmhouse mirror could be just what you need to add the finishing touches to your modern farmhouse bedroom.
FARMHOUSE FOYER LIGHTING
A modern farmhouse foyer light should be something you want to show off and there are many things to consider before choosing farmhouse style foyer lighting. Whether it's a chandelier or a farmhouse foyer pendant light, Shades of Light can assist you in selecting the next piece to your modern farmhouse foyer. Need help choosing an appropriately sized chandelier? Our Chandelier Advice by Room Guide
offers help on styling, placement, and sizing chandeliers in your foyer.
FARMHOUSE DINING ROOM LIGHTING
In a style that’s all about celebrating comfort, traditions, and gathering with friends and family, the dining room is a wonderful place to round out your farmhouse room designs. From chandeliers to dining tables, sideboards, buffet lamps, and mirrors, there are so many farmhouse dining room lighting and decor elements to choose from!
Our wide selection of farmhouse dining room chandeliers
include large, medium and small size designs to create a visual statement and provide ambient light above a table. If this is your first time selecting a farmhouse dining light fixture, we have many styles to choose from, from classic metal, steel and wood designs to more eclectic rope, jute, beaded, and rattan designs. Our Rope Frame Chandelier
is a beautiful choice for a casual modern farmhouse dining room.
Rope Frame Chandelier
Speaking of tables, this is another area where you can create a strong modern farmhouse dining room statement! If you’re looking for an elegant design with rustic reclaimed pine that preserves the natural beauty of wood grain, take a look at our Two Tone Farmhouse Dining Table
. For an earthier option with a more bohemian influence, try our Industrial Wood Plank Dining Table
Two Tone Farmhouse Dining Table (left), Industrial Wood Plank Dining Table (right)
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