French Country Decorating

7 Styles of French Lighting: Make Your Room Shine

Finding the right French chandelier is like adding a beautiful piece of jewelry to a room. The sparkle, lines or scale of the chandelier can transform an otherwise standard room into a pièce de résistance. Let’s take a look at seven styles of French lighting that make rooms shine.
Image: Franki Durbin

1) The Crystal Chandelier:
Crystal chandeliers are perhaps most associated with French country decorating. They  are beloved for adding a little glamour to country rustic furnishings. Shown here, a crystal chandelier is hung low over a marble-top kitchen island bringing sparkle to the kitchen work surface.
Image: Only Provence

2) The Iron + Wood Chandelier:
Wrought iron combined with weathered (white or grey) wood accents is a simplified French style chandelier for a living space. The relaxed, yet traditional take on lighting feels very French country when hung over a French Trestle Dining Table and Country French Ladderback Chairs.
Image: Linen and Lavender

3) The Rustic Wine Barrel:
The rough hewn wood of a wine barrel creates a chateaux-inspired element in a room. The bent wood  and wrought iron chandelier brings a touch of country when combined with an ornate provincial table and French chairs.
Image: Architectural Digest

3) The Parisian Bistro Light:
Trending now in French-inspired homes is “orb” Parisian bistro lights. Traditionally found in cafes around Europe, the light has migrated into homes this season. The tailored light exudes quiet confidence when hung over a breakfast nook or French kitchen island.
Image: SFGirlbyBay

4) The Antique French Chandelier:
The patina and shine of an antique French Empire chandelier is unforgettable. The carefully strung cut glass combines with the metalwork bringing the feeling of a bygone era to a room. This mix of modern furniture with an antique lighting feels perfectly Parisian.
Image: Brooke Giannetti

5) The Overscale Lantern:
Think scale! Oversized, balanced shaped lanterns bring a French focal point to a kitchen area. A pair of lanterns can make a high ceiling feel balanced and the room feel cozy.

Image: Pinterest

6) The Drum Shade:
The black tailored pleats with a gold fixture brings a French elegance to this banquette seating area. The herringbone flooring, tufted benches and a bentwood chair combines flawlessly with the single drum shade fixture.
Image: Victoria Magazine

7) The Metal Lantern: 
Classic and simple, the metal lantern is a functional and rustic light for over a rustic farm table. The aged, imperfection of metal blends nicely with antiques and new French country furnishings.

What’s your favorite style of French Lighting?

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