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Decorative Country Lights: Chandeliers

The Ultimate Country Style

A Farmhouse Chandelier, even if you live in the city!

Simple. Durable. Affordable.

Generally country farm house chandeliers and ceiling fixtures are made of sturdy cast iron. And it’s a must that shades are easy to clean (we don’t have time for fussing about in the country!).

Transform Your Home with Decorative Country Lighting

As all of us, city and country dwellers, become more of a home based society, many of us are investing more resources and time into our houses with do-it-yourself (DIY) renovations and upgrades.

Do-it-yourself home improvement projects are rewarding on two counts – one, you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and two, you get a good return on investment should you decide to sell or refinance your home.

But you don’t need to tear down walls, add closets or buy all new furniture to upgrade or change the decor in your home. Often it’s the little things that count.

Small changes in lighting alone can alter the look and feel of your home or room with minimal investment of finances or time.

Consider going country with your chandelier lighting!

Listen, unless you’re ready to spend a lot of money on renovations (in which case you’ll be changing light fixtures anyway), you can get a lot of bang for your buck with carefully selected decorative lighting. And if a more comfortable, home-y feel is what you’re after, there’s no better way to achieve your goal than to look to the current trend of country decorating!

The reason why this style of decorating is so popular these days is because garden or farmhouse inspired rooms ground us; return us to our old world and traditional value systems. A space where our organic bodies feel ‘in touch’, our psyches feel ‘safe’, and stress levels drop. After all, what is more peaceful than spending a few hours in the garden, a weekend at the country home, or a week at the summer cottage?

But don’t get the impression that country farmhouse chandeliers are boring!

Have a look around at some lighting sources. You’ll often find just a touch of whimsy in a country-style ceiling fixture. Any of the three styles – French country, rustic cabin and farmhouse – will fit into most country decorating schemes. As a matter of fact, French country decorating often has roosters in it, like the lighting fixture below (I know, it’s a small picture and it’s hard to see the roosters, but trust me, they’re there in between the lamps.)

Rooster inspired chandelier and pot rack. When we needed to replace the lighting in this old house we had to shop for something appropriate to the house, not just the room. Simply off-the-shelf of the local Home Depot wasn’t going to do it.

I headed online where I found quite a few inexpensive but high quality country chandeliers. Here’s a few I lifted off the website where I bought ours.

If you’re interested in seeing others –  there’s plenty of country styles, composition materials, and colors to choose from – get the best deals on country lighting. It’s no secret that I’m a penny pincher, so I spent a lot of time checking those pages for the best deals online. In fact, I’ve seen chandeliers that sell in stores for over $2,000 go for as little as $120 there. Bet you’re glad you didn’t pay retail, yes?

You’ll find all the categories of lighting listed in the middle column. Ceiling fixtures, antler chandeliers, primitive lamps, lights for kid’s rooms and so on.

Just go, you’ll see what I mean, it’s easy – and if you ever get lost you can click the Country Home link or use the search boxes at the top and bottom of every page. It is really fast to find exactly what you want at a price you can afford.

And, if you’re wondering which one I picked for our house, you can see it on the French Country Fixtures page.

Bring country decorating home to the city with country inspired lighting!

You could drive around for hours looking for antique lighting or you could buy new lights from many lighting stores that will give you the same rustic, relaxed, retreat.

Think punched tin, replications of candle chandeliers, small lamps that depict a cowboy or horse scene. You get the idea. Be as tacky, playful or downright country as you like.

And, for under $200 and 20 minutes of replacement installation, you’ll find that you’ve just transformed a city-worn room into your own personal country haven.

Ten years or so ago, Martha Stewart brought pendant lighting back into style using upturned garden cloches hung from chains over bare bulbs.

That can take some real hunting in the antique shops!

Thankfully pendant lighting is now available in many shapes and sizes. And, you don’t have to stick to dull or boring. Pendants are available to look much like the old, color-glass, hand-blown garden cloches or as punched tin – both are very ‘country’ looks.

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.