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A Trustic Guide to Rustic-Farmhouse Lighting

Rustic-farmhouse lighting is an increasingly popular interior design trend nowadays, and it’s not hard to see why. The rustic style of interior decorating is one that emphasizes the rugged, weathered beauty of nature through its use of natural materials such as wood or stone, and warm, earthy colors, namely various shades of brown, soft grays, and black. The farmhouse style is similar to the rustic style in terms of its willful embrace of bygone eras, but its use of industrial and intentionally mismatched pieces creates a relaxed, if not playful atmosphere that makes a home that much more welcoming. The juxtaposition between the two seemingly different themes thus creates an altogether unique charm that balances the old and new nicely.

The right type of lighting within these homes only adds to this effect, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere for the whole family. Here are just a few examples you can use to spruce up your own home.

Different Types of Rustic-Farmhouse Lighting

Rustic Chandeliers

While the term “chandelier” may bring to mind fancy, perhaps over-the-top glass structures meant only for ballrooms, rustic chandeliers are much less imposing. As the rustic style is meant to encompass a warm, nature-inspired atmosphere, so too are these lighting structures meant to create that very atmosphere throughout your home. It is best to place these in entryways or foyers, as they create a welcoming ambience for guests and family members alike and can also accent the high ceilings of these rooms to give a simple sense of grandeur.

Chandeliers can vary in the number of lightbulbs or candles used, the tiers within which the bulbs or candles will sit, and, of course, the overall look.

There are also a variety of rustic chandeliers suitable for outdoor gathering areas to make evening parties that much more comfortable and relaxed.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights, while similar to chandeliers, are typically singular light fixtures suspended to the ceiling through a cord, chain, or metal pole, thus reflecting a more farmhouse-industrial look. They create smaller, more concentrated points of lodge lighting that make for ideal working conditions. These are best used in the kitchen, home office, or any area where you work or read often.

They come in a variety of different styles, from down pendant style, which focuses the lighting on a specific point from overhead, to inverted bowl style, where the lighting is softer and more widespread across the room.

There are also various outdoor models you can use instead of a chandelier to create a much more personalized backyard gathering area.

Ceiling Lights

These come in a variety of styles that all serve to illuminate more personal spaces like bedrooms, guest rooms, closets, or even bathrooms. There are those lights that are inlaid directly into the ceiling through small holes known as recessed lights, but for the homeowner who wants a more sophisticated look, flush mount and semi-flush mount ceiling lights are a good choice.

Flush mount ceiling lights are typically dome-shaped and lay close to the ceiling, allowing for minimal, non-intrusive light. Because these lights are enclosed, less dust can muck up the bulbs or fixtures, making it easier to clean.

Semi-flush mount ceiling lights are similar to flush mount lights, but they exude brighter light and hang slightly lower from the ceiling. Semi-flush mount lights also have more flair than regular flush structures as they typically have more ornaments and decorations hanging from them. As such, these lighting structures are used more in rooms where the homeowner wants to highlight a particularly well-decorated space.

Both styles are best for rooms with low ceilings, typically those that stand from 8-10 feet high.

Wall Sconces

These lights are more decorative in nature, but also help to create an overall warm glow over any room. These are best fit for hallways and bathrooms.


Lamps are typically found in bedrooms and workspaces to provide a soft, but concentrated light source. They can also be decorative lodge lighting pieces in their own rights. Not only can lamps highlight an otherwise dim corner or small area, it can also be a nice passing decoration in the day time.

Smaller table lamps help accentuate the work area, while longer floor lamps serve to brighten up dark corners.

Pier and Post Mount Lanterns and Lights

These decorative lights can spruce up any gardens or backyard areas after dark.

Typically, pier mount lanterns and lights will look best on top of brick or stone columns to accentuate the rustic lighting style.

Post mount lanterns and lights, on the other hand, look more like typical street lamps and stand on long metal poles, which is more in line with the farmhouse lighting style. Choose whichever design that best suits your garden, as they both exude soft, dream-like lighting.

Lighting Essentials for Beginners

Rustic-farmhouse lighting, much like any other lighting style, is dependent on what kind of lighting you want, where you want these types of lighting to be used, and how much or how little light you want each of your fixtures to emit.

The look of any room in your home can be enhanced with the right type of lighting. There are three types: ambient, task, and accent.

Ambient lighting, sometimes called general lighting, illuminates an entire space overall, utilizing a comfortable, but bright light source that allows anyone to freely walk around said space. Typically, chandeliers, pendant lights, and ceiling lights provide this type of lighting.

Task lighting concentrates light into smaller spaces, making them perfect for workspaces. Specific pendant lights, table lamps, and floor lamps provide this type of lighting.

Accent lighting highlights a certain point of a room you want others’ eyes to be directed towards. Chandeliers, for instance, accent high ceilings, while wall sconces accent hallways or mirrors. Pier and post mount lights will accent gardens or outside spaces.

Choose the right type of lighting structure that is best for a space. Functionality of the lighting in the room (i.e. if the space is a workspace or a space to relax or highlight) should precede the style of your lodge lighting.

Ambient lighting structures should come first in a lighting plan, followed by the task lighting structures, and finally any accent lighting structures should you desire it.

It is important to keep in mind the lumens any given bulb emits. Lumens measure how much light is emitted from a bulb, making them absolutely crucial in creating the type of lighting you may want for any space. Finding out how much light you need in lumens is simple. All you have to do is multiply the square footage of a room by 40, and then you can mix and match different types of lighting structures to your heart’s content.

When you finally decide on which rooms will need which types of light, it is time to pick lighting structures that are the same style overall. You don’t want to purchase a lamp with a tree design on it if the rest of your home’s décor is more farmhouse-industrial, for instance. Be savvy and aware of the overall theme you want your home to have beforehand and choose your lighting structures accordingly.


The rustic-farmhouse style of interior decorating not only depends on the weathered or industrial pieces of furniture you choose to use, but also on the type of lighting. To accent the natural beauty of your home, the lighting must also reflect a warm, inviting glow. The various lodge lighting types available can enhance your home and, with the help of the lighting basics above, you can turn your home into a beautiful rustic-farmhouse you can be proud of.