Affordable Modern Farmhouse Lighting
Lighting can instantly change and update any space. It makes a house feel like a home and is the perfect way to infuse in a little personality. It can also be ex-pen-sive. Eek. While I’m a total believer in heirloom pieces and splurging on a few meaningful items, lighting doesn’t typically make the list for me. We move a lot, like a lot, a lot. Lighting is something you often don’t take with you and it’s frequently changed by new home owners. So it’s important to find something that makes an impact, feels meaningful, and sticks to the budget.
lighting is one of the best ways to make a house a home.
There are a few things to consider when finding the perfect light fixture for you. Do you need a lot of light or would one bulb be enough? Do you want soft diffused lighting that a fabric shade would give you or is a downcast light something you are okay with? How big is the space you want to fill up? Do you need a chain link to allow the fixture to ‘swag’ to another spot?
Here are a few things I consider when looking at lighting:
HOW MUCH LIGHT DO YOU WANT?
PENDANT VS. CHANDELIER…
Pendant: often comes with one bulb. Can give a more minimal and clean look to a space.
Chandelier: will have multiple bulbs and has the ability to give off more light and take up more space
WHAT KIND OF LIGHT DO YOU WANT?
SOFT DIFFUSED LIGHT…
Frosted Glass Shades
Some heavily woven shades
SCATTERED OR PATTERNED LIGHT…
Woven shades (think rope, nautical, or boho style lighting)
Glass and metal shades that are set are broken up in a pattern.
WHAT STYLE DO I WANT TO BRING? (Here are a few things to think about)
Woven pendant (often found with one bulb style fixtures)
Round glass orbs in clear or frosted
Go for modern line accents and multiple bulbs (think brass and matte black)
Chandelier in traditional shades like black, brass, or nickel
With or without a textile shade
Classic shapes that are timeless (think of lighting styles that are found across centuries in historical homes)