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Country Lighting

I was off to decorate the next house and became so excited with all the new country lighting I had to write a post just to show these off!

First off, I discovered that the rooster (traditionally found in the French and Tuscan country styles) is quickly going out of style in the wrought iron sconce lighting and pot rack styled chandeliers.

And even though it is less popular than last year for everyday decorating, an up-scale rooster is showing up in more posh homes (usually with a little more color). Usually these decor trends work the other way – expensive decor to everyday decor.

Upscale French Country Rooster Chandelier
Click the image to see the gorgeous detailing on this chandelier or click here to check pricing and availability. This style is also available as a rooster/pot rack here.

More Traditional French Country Lighting

For years I showed clients the beautiful olive branch chandelier but this new ‘makeover’ of that country lighting had my attention in 2011. A little french country, a little shabby chic – in fact either of the following chandeliers would work in the style or setting.

Show off your whimsical nature and challenge yourself to decorate a stunning room around either one of these.

Stunning Shabby Chic Paris Inspired Chandelier (French Country Lighting)Love Shabby Chic and Country Lighting? Check out this new chandelier...

Traditional American Country Lighting

Back on home soil, guess what we’re seeing a lot of in farmhouse lighting, log cabin homes and even in the rustic-inspired man caves? The wagon wheel light! I remember these from the 50s farmhouses! Today they’re hanging over pool tables, kitchen islands, and even in the foyer of your favorite country lighting catalogs and country decor magazines.

I can show you the first one as an example, but you’ll have to click through to see related styles. They are available now in round and oval. The oval is intriguing – they’re a new variation on a worn out theme – extended from their traditional round shape by two wood splits for a centerpiece.

What I like best about this company’s version is the copper lanterns hanging from chandeliers making the old wagon wheel styling more functional, authentic, and (I must admit even though I’m not fond of wagon wheel styles) more beautiful.

Farmhouse Country Lighting, The Wagon Wheel Chandelier

As you’ve seen there is a wide variation of styles within the country lighting category. Not to mention that one person’s definition of country decor is far different than an other’s interpretation. I have two friends, for instance, who couldn’t be more different in their personalities but the bossy one says they both decorate their homes in the country traditions.

Oddly enough, the more aware of the two begs to differ. Her home is an upscale Tuscan country styled home mixed with modern art pieces and Palazzo tiling. The first woman – is all about primitive country (which you know we love here at GoodByeCityLife) but her home is decorated with hand-bashed and weathered barn board with some dry-brush painting techniques scattered throughout the house. Beautiful, but a nightmare to dust!

They both have ‘country’ in their decorative styles but neither one would be comfortable living in the others’ house for very long. As such, their taste in country lighting is also very different.

One would love the wagon wheel above, the other would adore the rooster with dripping crystals. I’m sure you can figure out which one would suit each of these ladies best. 😉

About Laura Childs

Country Living enthusiast Laura Childs was a downtown city girl for many years before heading to the hills to live a sustainable lifestyle, raise her daughter, get back to the land, and learn the time tested traditions of a simpler era. Throughout her farm life adventures of raising animals, working from home, home schooling her daughter, and being more green, Laura Childs has been sharing on the GoodByeCityLife website through articles and personal musings since 1998.