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How to Light a Country Style Kitchen (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Written by Steve Sheinkopf | Jul 29, 2015 2:23:46 PM

What does a country style kitchen look like? It can be warm and welcoming. When I think of country I think of Americana, it is comfortable and natural looking.

If you love the warm welcoming comfortable feeling, country style may be the look you want to consider (and no you don't have to be in the country).

Hubbardton Forge of Rutland, VT

In country style you think big bright windows with all that natural light. But say you don’t have those big bright windows how would you light your kitchen?

In this photo the country feeling is inspired by the butcher block island and the warm colors of the cabinets. The lighting you could use recessed lighting (Halo 4” LED).

The pendants over the island is by Hubbardton Forge called the Erlenmeyer $360 each. The undercabinet lighting (GM Lighting tape) provides a nice glow on the counters.

Warm color cabinets with recessed lighting (4” Halo), pendants are Hubbardton Forge at $340 each. Chandelier over kitchen table is from Hubbardton Forge at $1,720. I like Hubbardton because the lights are all unique, hand forged and perfect for country style kitchens.

I love this look, very country and rustic looking. Under cabinet lighting will light up the wood back splash. The lantern on the side of the cabinet evokes that country look and doesn’t take away from the wood beams above with a hanging pendant.

Let's look at a few fixtures that would be great for your country style kitchen. 


Quoizel ‘Bandelier’ Chandelier in Dark Bronze w/ Antique Gold - $479


Troy Lighting ‘Whitman’ in Vienna Bronze - $750

Currey and Company ‘Driftwood’ Chandelier in Natural - $1,140

Currey and Company ‘Simplicity’ Chandelier in Washed Wood - $1,240

Currey and Company ‘Firefly’ Chandelier in Washed Old Iron - $1,440

A country kitchen is not complete without mason jars! This mason jar chandelier is great for over a kitchen island or an oversized farm style dining table. 


Feiss Lighting ‘Pickering Lane’ Pendant in Heritage Bronze - $107

W.A.C Lighting ‘Mason’ Pendant in Brushed Nickel - $260

Quoizel ‘Emery’ Pendant in Weathered Brass - $269


Feiss Lighting ‘Lumiere’ Pendant in Dark Weathered Oak / Oil Rubbed

Bronze - $347

Currey and Company ‘Lumley’ Pendant in French Black - $620


Lantern style lighting is so versatile. You can place it over the sink, as a statement piece in the Foyer, or even use them as outdoor wall sconces. Either way, lanterns are the ultimate country style fixture.

Currey and Company ‘Eufaula’ Lantern in Old Iron/Natural Ash - $1,190

For the lighting outdoors, you can use this Hinkley lantern at $139.

Or even a famous northeast lantern onion light! These lanterns add a rustic touch are are great for indoor use or outdoor lighting. 

Northeast Onion Lantern - $302

Final Thoughts

Maybe your goal for a country kitchen is to create a true farmhouse feel with the use of natural woods and traditional accessories.

You can add a few country-styles to your kitchen space. Choosing country-inspired design will give guests and family members a warm and welcoming kitchen! 

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