How To Choose Lighting For Your Colonial Style Kitchen

Roger Pontes  |  April 24, 2014  |  3 Min. Read

Lighting  |  Kitchen Lighting  |  Colonial

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Colonial style houses were very popular in America from 1690 to 1830. Most Colonial homes were built by wealthy Americans in New England. In the 1600s, a Colonial home was a one story 2 room house with a central chimney. By the 1700s most Colonial homes were two stories with 4 rooms.

Today, the most popular Colonial design in the United States is a symmetrical front with a central door, two windows on either side, and five windows across the second floor. Over the years people have been adding additions to their Colonial home such as a garage, a shed, or even an in-law apartment. A Colonial home décor offers a warm and rustic look.

Styles change, but Colonial is still incredibly popular in New England and the North East in general. It is the most popular board on our Pinterest page.

Colonial Style Homes

Below are options for lighting a colonial house and kitchen.

Recessed Lights – You can use recessed lights around the perimeter of your kitchen to create task lighting. You can install an eye ball or gimbal recessed trim that allows you to adjust the trim to where you want the light to hit.


  • A) NTM-526BZ Nora lighting 5” recessed baffle trim in bronze finish - $24 plus housing and light bulb
  • B) NS-18 Nora lighting 4” recessed eyeball trim - $18 plus housing and light bulb
  • C) NT-5060CO Nora lighting 5” recessed gimbal trim - $25 plus housing and light bulb

Pendant Lights – Pendant lights will give décor to any kitchen. It also provides down lighting on countertops for your kids to do their homework or sit and eat. There are many options for Colonial kitchen pendant lights as well as many different finishes.

Colonial Pendants are usually hung with a stem rather than a low voltage wire. The first piece is a Schoolhouse, because it was popular in schools around the turn of the century. You see antique bronze finishes and different glass options.


  • A) Hudson Valley 209-SN $214 - Available in Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Polished Nickel
  • B) Hudson Valley 2211-HB $696 – Available in Polished Nickel, Aged Brass, Satin Nickel, and Bronze
  • C) Hudson Valley 7311-PN $514 – Available in Polished Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Satin Nickel
  • D) Hudson Valley 8610-PN $534 – Available in Polished Nickel, Aged Brass, Dark Brass, and Black
  • E) Troy Lighting F2563 $364 – Available in Old Iron finish

Semi Flush Mounts – Semi Flush mounts are ideal if you have the proper ceiling height. You can match up a semi flush mount with a pendant to give your kitchen a beautiful new look. Semi flush mounts provide general lighting in a kitchen and can also up light your ceiling. White glass is popular with just basic lamp fitters.


  • A) Hudson Valley 1609F-OB $ 172 – Available in Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Bronze, and Brass
  • B) Norwell Lighting 8201F-BN-AC $110 – Available in Polished Nickel and Satin Nickel
  • C) Hudson Valley 6711-AGB $398 – Available in Polished Nickel, Bronze, Satin Nickel, and Brass
  • D) Hudson Valley 2612-AGB $386 – Available in Aged Brass, Bronze, Polished Nickel and Satin Nickel 

Flush Mounts – For lower ceilings you may want to use flush mounted lights. These are lights that sit closer to the ceiling and provide general lighting in your space.

  • A) Hudson Valley 203-OB $172 – Available in Polished Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Satin Nickel
  • B) Hudson Valley 7509-SN $150 – Available in Oil Rubbed Bronze, Satin Nickel, and Polished Nickel
  • C) Crystorama Lighting 5780-AB $158 – Antique Brass finish only
  • D) Hudson Valley 5411-FB $268 – Available in Brass, Bronze, Polished Nickel, and Antique Nickel
  • E) Hudson Valley 6515-OB $386 – Available in Brass, Bronze, Polished Nickel, and Satin Nickel


Hanging Lanterns – Lanterns are ideal for kitchens with really high ceilings. They can also be used above a table or countertops for general lighting. Below are really popular pieces which emulate traditional turn of the century designs.


  • A) Quoizel Lighting QF1403CRA $450 – Copper Rustic Antique Finish
  • B) Hudson Valley 131-OB $664 – Available in Bronze, Historic Nickel, Aged Brass, and Polished Nickel
  • C) Troy lighting FCD8921CI $598 – Charred Iron finish only
  • D) Crystorama lighting 973-AU $250– Autumn Brass finish only
  • E) Hudson Valley 254-AGB-C1 $798 – Available in Polished Nickel, Brass, Bronze, and Historic Nickel

Chandeliers – Chandeliers can be used above a table, counter, nook or in the middle of a kitchen. Exposed arms with or without glass seem to be the new/old trend. These chandeliers have become trendy in many different decors from traditional to eclectic.


  • A) Northeast Lantern 983-DB-LT6 $606 – Available in 8 different finishes
  • B) Northeast Lantern 906-AB-LT6 $575 – Available in 8 different finishes
  • C) Hubbardton Forge 103052-20-G67 $790 – Available in 6 different finishes
  • D) Hubbardton Forge 108060-20-CTO $570 – Available in 6 different finishes

As you can see there are many different options for lighting a Colonial Kitchen. I would recommend a couple of pendants above the counter depending on the size of your counter. I would also recommend using recessed lighting as well as under cabinet lighting for task. For above a table I would recommend using a chandelier or lantern. Semi Flush mounts will look nice in the middle of your kitchen and give extra light. A combination of these would provide a great amount of light in your kitchen.

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance 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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