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Best Colonial Style Lighting for Dining Rooms (Reviews/ratings)

Roger Pontes  |  February 15, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

Lighting  |  Dining Room  |  Colonial

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A Colonial home is one of the most popular types in the United States. Colonial homes evolved from European influences which were developed in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s when Europeans migrated to the United States.

Massachusetts is home to Colonial type architecture (as we were an early colony).

An Older Colonial Home

These started as 2-story homes with one room on each floor and now have grown to 4 rooms or more on each floor.

A Newer Colonial Homehttp://www.houzz.com/photos/2417356/CCH-Deerfield-Colonial-traditional-exterior-other-metro

In this article, we will be talking about lighting your Colonial style dining room and offer 10 of our favorite fixtures as a start.

How to Buy

The most important part about buying a new chandelier is to have the measurement of your room and table. (Read: How High Do You Hang a Chandelier?

I usually recommend a combination of lighting fixtures for better light output. These can be recessed lights, a chandelier, and a couple of wall sconces to properly layer the light.

In this case we will be discussing chandeliers, but remember single fixtures cannot illuminate a room by themselves. Resist the urge to place an 8 arm chandelier in your room just for the light output. You will blind your guests.

Below are some chandelier ideas for above the dining room table in a Colonial style home. Keep in mind that there are many more to choose from and many of them will have a matching wall sconce in case you want to add additional lighting.

As always, buy what you like because decorative lighting is more about personalizing the room versus actual illumination.

Best Colonial Style Lighting for Dining Room

Hubbardton Forge Simple Lines Chandelier - $504

Hubbardton Forge Simple Lines Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • Available in 4 Different Sizes – 20”, 24”, 27”, and 29” Diameter
  • Choose from 6 different finishes – Bronze, Mahogany, Dark Smoke, Black, Natural Iron, and Burnished Steel
  • Optional Fabric Shades
  • 60 Watt Maximum Candelabra Bulbs
  • Made in the USA (Vermont)

Hubbardton Forge is a great Colonial style brand. Each fixture is manufactured in the U.S in an actual forge. They are available in a number of finishes with natural iron being their best.

Hubbardton Forge Twist Basket - $531

Hubbardton Forge Twist Basket  best colonial lighting

  • 23”W x 17”H (Also available in a 27” diameter)
  • 6-60 watt Candelabra Base Bulbs
  • Available in 6 different metal finishes (Black, Bronze, Mahogany, Natural Iron, Dark Smoke, and Burnished Steel)
  • Matching pendants and wall lights also available
  • Made in the USA (Vermont)

Northeast Lantern 6-Arm Chandelier - $535

Northeast Lantern 6-Arm Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • 26” Diameter with 6-60 Watt Candelabra Base Bulbs
  • Available in 7 different finishes – Dark Brass, Dark Antique Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Copper, Raw Copper, Raw Brass, and Verdi Gris
  • Also available with 8 arms
  • Made in the USA (New Hampshire)

Northeast Lantern is another custom fixture company out of New Hampshire. They have more of a raw brass look than Hubbardton Forge.

Northeast Lantern 6 Light Chandelier - $636

Northeast Lantern 6 Light Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • Available in 3 sizes - 16”Wx 16”H, 23”W x 25”H, and 24”W x 31”H
  • Six 60 Watt Candelabra Base Bulbs
  • 7 Different finishes to choose from – Raw Brass, Raw Copper, Antique Brass, Antique Copper, Dark Antique Brass, Dark Brass, Verdi Gris
  • Optional Linen Shades Available
  • Choose Different Colors and Style for Candle Covers

Troy Lighting Sausalito Chandelier - $722


Troy Lighting Sausalito Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • 25”W x 16.5”H
  • 5-60W Candelabra Base Bulbs
  • Available in a Silver Gold or Deep Bronze Finish with Linen Shade
  • Hand Worked Iron Construction
  • Has matching flush mounts, wall sconce and pendant lights

You have probably seen a bunch of drums or shaded chandeliers. This type of fixture has become very popular commercially, and many residential trends start commercial. Drums are a bit easier on the eyes as well.

Hubbardton Forge Exos Double Shade Pendant - $747

Hubbardton Forge Exos Double Shade Pendant best colonial lighting

  • Available in 15”, 23”, and 28” Diameter
  • Choose from 6 different metal finishes – Bronze, Dark Smoke, Mahogany, Black, Burnished Steel, and Natural Iron
  • 7 Different Fabric shade color to choose from
  • Adjustable Height
  • This fixture can be custom made in a bigger diameter
  • Made in the USA (Vermont)

For a Colonial fixture, this has clean almost contemporary lines.

Visual Comfort Classic Ring Chandelier - $950

Visual Comfort Classic Ring Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • Available in 3 different sizes – 25”, 33”, and 45” Diameter
  • Choose from 4 different finishes – Polished Nickel, Bronze, Antique Brass, and Antique Nickel
  • Natural Paper Shades
  • Maximum 60 watts candelabra base bulbs

Rings were popular 20 years ago, and now they are back. It is a classic look.

Schonbek Lighting Sterling 7 light Chandelier - $1,098

Schonbek Lighting Sterling 7 light Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • 25” Diameter with 7 lights
  • Available in 10 different sizes
  • Choose from 3 different crystal grades – Swarovski, Heritage, and Spectra
  • Matching wall lights available
  • 60 Watt candelabra base bulbs

Crystal is always a good choice for traditional and transitional interiors.

Visual Comfort Lighting George Chandelier - $1,710

Visual Comfort Lighting George Chandelier best colonial lighting


  • 30” Diameter with 6-60 watt Candelabra bulbs
  • Available in 4 different sizes – 13”, 22”, 30”, and 36” diameter
  • Polished Nickel finish only
  • Matching wall lights available

This is possibly one of the most popular lights available. Why? It's glass exterior matches just about everything.

Corbett Lighting Kyoto Chandelier - $1,736

Corbett Lighting Kyoto Chandelier best colonial lighting

  • 26” Diameter with (6) 40 watt candelabra bulbs
  • Silver Leaf finish with off-white hard linen shade
  • Available in 3 different sizes – 20”, 26”, and 36” diameter
  • Matching wall sconce available

Final Thoughts

There are an abundance of light fixtures available for your Colonial room. That is either a blessing or curse, because you may have a tough time choosing.

So, let's break down the chandelier types to match this style. Crystal works as does any of the natural or distressed brasses. Drums have also become incredibly popular. There really are no rules, just make sure you love it. 

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance + Lighting for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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