How to Light a Boston Brownstone (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Henriette Rieu  |  October 29, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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Being a Boston based store, we're surrounded by many Brownstone style neighborhoods. Brownstones reflect the historic culture of Boston and most designs are traditional style.

In this article, we'll go over the history of Brownstone architecture, give you a few suggestions on how to light your Brownstone and some inspiration to incorporate this historic style in your own home. 

History

Brownstone architecture was introduced by Robert Adams in Scotland in 1760 and was built for the very affluent. The stone is soft and porous it can be easily carved with very ornate elements.

Brownstones often have Roman, Baroque, French Provincial, and Italian elements sometimes in combination on one building.

Boston Brownstone exterior


Most of Boston Brownstones were created after 1830 and into 1890 as people became more prosperous in the area.

Along with the decorative and ornate elements outside, solid cast decorative lighting appears inside. 

Chandeliers

boston brownstone living room chandelier

The entrance of the home makes the first big impression. Some Brownstones have a large front window, so a statement fixture is ideal. Here are a few chandelier options.

Hinkley 'Celine' Chandelier in Antique Gold Leaf - $559

Hinkley 'Celine' Chandelier in Antique Gold Leaf

Framburg 'Chancery' Chandelier in Polished Brass - $1,150

Framburg 'Chancery' Chandelier in Polished Brass
This is a Framburg, gas light era chandelier called Chancery. This fits the Brownstone era and is historically accurate.

Crystorama 'Ashton' Chandelier in English Bronze - $1,398

Crystorama 'Ashton' Chandelier in English Bronze

Crystorama 'Norwalk' Chandelier in Bronze Umber - $1,998

Crystorama 'Norwalk' Chandelier in Bronze Umber

Metropolitan 'Vintage Antique Classic' Chandelier - $2,295

Metropolitan 'Vintage Antique Classic' Chandelier

This is a solid cast ironed brass by Metropolitan. It would go very well in high ceilings. 

Schonbek Swarovski 'La Scala Empire' Collection Chandelier - $11,229

Schonbek Swarovski 'La Scala Empire' Collection Chandelier

Schonbek has been in business since 1850. Keeping with tradition, this Schonbek piece is inspired from the 1800's. It is 5 feet high so that the bottom would still be 8 to 9 feet off the floor. The exclusive Swarovski Crystals and large size of the fixture is great as a statement piece in a spacious room. 

Flush Mounts

New Gard Custom Homes

Most of the Brownstones in Boston have 9 to 14 ft ceilings. If chandeliers aren't your thing, a flush or semi-flush fixture can make a great statement as well. 

Crystorama 'Richmond' Semi Flush in Olde Brass - $258

Crystorama 'Richmond' Semi Flush in Olde Brass

Crystorama 'Hampton' Semi-Flush in Antique Brass - $330

Crystorama 'Hampton' Semi-Flush in Antique Brass

Framburg 'Chancery' Flush Mount in Polished Brass - $392

Framburg 'Chancery' Flush Mount in Polished Brass

Hudson Valley 'Hampton' Semi Flush in Aged Brass - $418

Hudson Valley 'Hampton' Semi Flush in Aged Brass

Sconces

back bay boston brownstone

 
To complete the lighting layout, sconces are great for accent lighting. It adds a finished touch to any room.

Hinkley 'Virginian' Wall Sconce in Polished Brass - $95

Hinkley 'Virginian' Wall Sconce in Polished Brass

Hudson Valley 'Lombard' Wall Sconce in Aged Brass - $236

Hudson Valley 'Lombard' Wall Sconce in Aged Brass

Metropolitian 'Vintage Antique Classic' Wall Sconce in Antique Brass - $525

Metropolitian 'Vintage Antique Classic' Wall Sconce in Antique Brass

This Metropolitan wall sconce is a gas light replica and is historically accurate for the Brownstone era.

Final Thoughts

In summary, Brownstone fixtures should reflect the era in detail and style. It should also be sized properly to scale, within height and diameter considerations, and always remember to coordinate with the coloration of the room and hardware.

However, it can also be whimsical and fun like the whole conglomeration of styles used in the home itself.

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