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Best New England Style Traditional Kitchen Lighting (Reviews/Ratings)

May 12th, 2016 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

New England style is still the most traditional part of the country. Our Brownstones and Colonial homes in the South End and Back Bay lend itself more specifically to a traditional type of lighting.

Small side note: I live in the South End and renovated my place 4 years ago, adding contemporary lighting throughout. Lighting is reflective to personal taste and can be suited to almost any environment.

This is my home:

new england style lighting

Traditional Style Lighting

That being said, traditional lighting would have been more appropriate and easier if I had not renovated the whole place. Traditional lighting does not have to be expensive either, and it does not have to be stodgy and boring either.

new england style lighting

Bell jars are traditional, popular and always in style.

Well-dressed Traditional Kitchen - Glen Ellyn, IL

Minimalist lantern type lights have become popular as well.


Elongated shades over rectangular tables are popular as well. This picture has a different interpretation of the schoolhouse light as well.

Wharf House

Best Traditional Style Lighting 

Hudson Valley 'Petersburg' Pendant - $230

Petersburg Pendant

The Hudson Valley schoolhouse style globe has been a favorite for classic style New England designers for years and carries the classic theme.

Hubbardton Forge 'Twining Leaf' Pendant - $481

Keeping with the classic arm but adding a flare of floral design and a bit of glass completes the historic charm and classic lines of traditional New England.

With matching pendants you can achieve the desired lighting as well as a bit of art as Hubbardton Forge is well known for their designs and have a place in many classic kitchen settings.

Hubbardton Forge 'Ball Basket' Chandelier - $660

Ball Basket Chandelier


This classic wrought iron twist chandelier has been very popular with designers who crave a traditional look with flair. We used to sell 6-arm Williamsburgs back in the day. This is the modern interpretation.

Hubbardton Forge 'Forged Leaves' Chandelier -  $913

Forged Leaves

With traditional lines and classic colors New England kitchen designs vary from early 1700's to early 1900's. You can use irons with classic charm as seen with the brand Hubbardton Forge.

Final Thoughts

Traditional lighting is about timeless design. Schoolhouse pendants, white shades and bell jars have been around forever and into the future. 

I would also say there are no pure styles anymore. Don't be afraid to mix a few different elements as well.

Additional Resources

Want to learn how to properly light your kitchen? Get the Yale Kitchen Lighting Buying Guide with explanations of the different types of light and how to layer your light for the perfect kitchen environment. Over 150,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

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Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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