Cape Cod Style Lighting for the Home

Amy Zuckerman  |  August 19, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

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Ah...The Cape. It has been a summer vacation destination for Bostonians almost since the Mayflower.

It has spawned its own informal lifestyle and lighting emulated in beachfront communities everywhere.

Cape Cod Style

The Cape Cod style home originated from New England in the 17th century. The houses were inspired by lighthouse architecture. Often symmetrical, one story with steep roofs, this simple design was due to withstand the harsh coastal climate.

Modern day Cape Cod style still draws inspiration from colonial design.

Cape Cod Style Lighting

Let's look at how you can incorporate this look to your home. 


Using copper onion lights can make you feel that you are in Cape Cod as the cooper onion has been a favorite for the capers in past decades in designing their indoor and outdoor lighting.

Northeast Lantern 'Onion' 2022-AB-MED-CLR - $247

Besa 'Mira' Pendant 1JT-MIRACL-SN - $192

As shown above, using Besa lighting clear pendants in onion shape feels nautical and has the looks of the older onion style outdoor lights associated with Cape Cod and the islands known for their durability in extreme weather situations.

Quoizel ‘New England’ Mini-Pendant - $136

Quoizel’s New England pendant says it all in the name. This brushed nickel pendant is styled after a nautical lantern.

Currey and Company 'Bowline' One Light - $900

There are many styles of Island pendants that can feel nautical such as this Currey and Company “Bowline” pendant, the look of rope can make you feel like you are on a ship sailing the seven seas.

The use of accents such as old rope, driftwood and irons go hand in hand with traditional cape design.


As pictured below the choice of using two chandeliers to acquire the adequate lighting and style desired in this white marble cape kitchen incorporates traditional with Shabby Chic.

The general lighting is provided by recessed lighting and under counter lights strategically place to provide general and task lighting.

It is important to layer your lighting to control scenes and functionality in the kitchen prep areas (read more about light layering here).

Visual Comfort SL5820PN-NP - $760

Troy Lighting's 'Sausalito' Chandelier - $722

As seen above, people at times are moving away from traditional cape décor and into a more transitional design to achieve their own space of relaxation.

Quoizel 'Anchor' Chandelier - $729

Exposed bulbs, worn iron and rope accents make this Quoizel chandelier perfect for a cape style home, or any beach retreat.

Quoizel's 'Auburn' Chandelier - $499

This traditional style wood chandelier is still a very popular style standing the test of time in creating your authentic Cape Cod style kitchen.

Wall Sconces

Wall Sconces often forgotten can provide accent and task lighting. It can also really bring the whole room together to finish off the nautical look.


Hudson Valley ‘Carson’ Wall Sconce - $598

Troy Lighting ‘Pier 39’ Wall Sconce - $220

 Hudson Valley ‘Heirloom’ Wall Sconce - $398

Final Thoughts

There are many different lighting options matching the Cape lifestyle. Traditional, yet informal seems to work the best.

Lighting, however, is a reflection of your personal style, so do not be afraid of choosing a more unique fixture.

Additional Resources

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