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On Our Radar: Modern Farmhouse Lighting

Modern farmhouse design benefits from today’s technology while still imparting a soothing pastoral quality—a touch of rustic wonder for your modern-day interior. Sturdy materials, streamlined contours, and aged finishes result in a welcome degree of added warmth and charm to your living environment that your family and guests can enjoy for years to come.

To get a better idea of how to incorporate modern farmhouse lighting into your home, let’s take a look at some design details that are commonly found in the modern farmhouse style.

Modern with Texture

Shown: Huxley Pendant Light by Troy Lighting Design: House Seven Design

Without sacrificing the comfort and relaxed nature of traditional farmhouse style, the modern textured farmhouse style adds welcome touches of smooth lines, geometric shapes and monochromatic color schemes into the mix. This translates to lighting fixtures that are at once rustic and bold, and that often feature mixed materials including wood, wicker, steel and wrought iron for added character.

Rustic Yet Clean

Shown: Irene Flush Mount 3-Blade Ceiling Fan by Atlas Fan Company

If you want to get that rustic look without the fussiness of traditional farmhouse style, then the “rustic yet clean” look fits the bill. Think classic design elements such as solid handcrafted woods and vintage accents, like barnwood finishes, subtly juxtaposed with cool white and grey tones and smooth contours. This is a style where a ceiling fan, or light fixture, can beautifully impart a warm and natural feel to a space, but also lend a minimalist vibe.

Classic Finishes, Traditional Forms

Shown: Hyde Park Pendant Light by Hudson Valley Lighting

Drawing from the home interior sensibilities of early American settlers, this style features natural, weathered and/or distressed finishes in classic forms. Consider kitchen, family and living room lighting elements with exposed lamping and decorative metal. The resulting look is one that is not only warm and cozy, but also has a charming, collected-over-time feel.

Matte and Oversize

Shown: Sawyers Bar Pendant Light by Varaluz

Mixing milk and paint was a common technique in colonial times to achieve a matte finish look on the walls. That same matte finish look (now achieved with modern techniques) is perfect for today’s modern farmhouse style, particularly by lending a soft sheen to lighting pieces. By choosing an oversize fixture with a matte element, you instantly have a focal point for your farmhouse-styled space that will grab attention.

Vintage, Industrial

Shown: Morii LED Floor Lamp by SONNEMAN Lighting

Yes, “industrial” elements have a place in the vintage farmhouse world. The fact is cool metal, sleek silhouettes and masculine forms work great with complementary rustic elements like architectural salvage and reclaimed wood. This holds true if you’re a city dweller (or simply someone who’s on-trend no matter where you dwell) who appreciates a touch of countryside-meets-metropolis style.

Whether your style sensibility leans toward the traditional or the modern, farmhouse style is one that lends itself superbly to interior design and lighting fixtures. Particularly, it allows you the freedom and leverage to mix and match pieces, to not have to be too delicate or precious and to find just the right balance of rustic sophistication that you desire.


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