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Neoclassical Style Lighting for the Kitchen (Reviews/Ratings)

June 23rd, 2016 | 2 min. read

By Henriette Rieu

Neoclassical isn’t a design term that’s used around the Boston area quite as often as other, more current design terms, like Arts & Crafts, Shabby Chic, or Mid-Century Modern.

American Neoclassical

But even so, some of the elements of Neoclassical design are very much in use in homes today, and you can do a lot to mix and match these elements with other styles, especially in the kitchen.

In this article, we’ll talk more about what Neoclassical design is, and look at some fixtures that you can incorporate into your kitchen using this style.

Neoclassical Design

Neoclassic design came about after 1765 as a reaction against both Rococo and Baroque styles, with its inspiration mainly from Roman and Renaissance Architecture. Renaissance architecture placed heavy emphasis on proportion, symmetry, and geometry, with the heavy use of columns, domes, niches, gilt, swags and arches, with opulent furnishings.

Transitional Living Room

The idea is to have a very grand, almost romantic feel to the space, without it being overdone to the point of the space feeling gaudy. The hues of fabrics and paint were rich, but muted. Floors were sometimes darker.

Today's Neoclassical Design

In today’s kitchens, a great way to add Neoclassical elements to the space would be to add fluted trim to the doorways, fluted or reeded legs, arch details to the cabinetry fronts, and heavier crown moldings.

Then you can have a lot of fun with your lighting!

Crystal chandeliers, gilded fixtures, and even antique mirrored fixtures would fit very well within a Neoclassical kitchen.

Below are some great examples of some fixtures I think are perfectly suited to this design style.

Best Neoclassical Style Lighting for the Kitchen

Feiss “Drawing Room” Mini Chandelier in Walnut finish - $300

Stone & Cedar

Feiss “Drawing Room” Mini Chandelier neoclassical lighting

Crystorama "Maria Theresa" Mini Chandelier - Starts at $450

Oakley Home Builders


Crystorama "Maria Theresa" Mini Chandelier neoclassical lighting

Visual Comfort “Square Tube Hanging Shade” - $760

Classic White Kitchen

Visual Comfort “Square Tube Hanging Shade” pendant neoclassical lighting


Hudson Valley “Stratford” Pendant in Aged Brass - $728

neoclassical kitchen

Hudson Valley “Stratford” Pendant in Aged Brass neoclassical lighting


Visual Comfort “Sloan Double Shop Light” - $1,615

Visual Comfort “Sloan Double Shop Light” neoclassical lightingvisual-comforts-chc5102 Sloan Double Shop Light neoclassical lighting

Crystorama “Brentwood” Chandelier in Chrome - Starts at $1,700

Showroom Kitchen

Crystorama “Brentwood” Chandelier in Chrome neoclassical lighting

A shaded chandelier is a great way to soften a fixture over an island. Just be careful if you have a cooktop in the island, then fabric isn’t the best idea.

Schonbek “Bordeaux” Chandelier in Etruscan Gold finish - $1,598

Schonbek 5771-76 Heritage Hand Cut Crystal Island

 Schonbek “Bordeaux” Chandelier neoclassical lighting

Elegant Lighting “Majestic” Chandelier - $1,694

Neoclassical Gem

Elegant Lighting “Majestic” Chandelier neoclassical lighting

Hudson Valley “Charleston” Chandelier in Historic Nickel - $2,772


Hudson Valley “Charleston” Chandelier in Historic Nickel neoclassical lighting

Final Thoughts

So you can see, you have a lot of options within this style when it comes to your lighting. The key is to keep it classic and timeless, with rich finish choices. You can have fun with something ‘blingy’ or not. And everything shown above will give you great functional light 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 165,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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