The best way to illuminate your coastal cottage depends on the particular vibe of your kitchen.
Both styles pair well with antique warped glass fixtures. Patinated copper finishes also provide a splash of beach vibes.
Industrial style is gritty and utilitarian. As such, industrial style kitchen fixtures are minimalistic, often featuring nothing more than the bulb. However, some incorporate a steampunk flair with rusty piping and brass accents.
For a Victorian-era eatery that won’t disappoint, consider these kitchen fixtures:
If you’re torn between light fixtures, just remember to keep your design simple. Ornate wall sconces and chandeliers will distract from your overall aesthetic.
Mid-century design refers to the furnishings that became popular following World War II. During this period, homeowners coupled sleek statement pieces (think: a kidney bean-shaped dining table) with pops of color.
To recreate this aesthetic in your 21st-century kitchen, consider choosing lighting fixtures that:
Honor nature. Architecture from the latter half of the 19th-century paid homage to the natural world by encouraging a sense of continuity between the indoors and outdoors. That being said, pick kitchen fixtures that emit a warm, natural glow.
This period of time was also defined by the Space Race – a head-to-head battle between the Soviet Union and the United States. As such, many mid-century kitchen fixtures are inspired by the spindly antennae of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite.
Farmhouse design partners rustic charm with modern comforts. The result is simple but cozy. To create this vibe in your kitchen:
As a general rule, stick to lights that aren’t overly ornate. Bare bulbs are best, though the fixture may incorporate warped glass for flair. Also, steer away from bold colors, and stick to blacks, whites, and grays.
Country style is very similar to farmhouse design, except it’s a little less fancy. To infuse your modern kitchen with rustic charm, select light fixtures that:
Compared to farmhouse design, which tends towards muted colors, country style doesn’t discriminate against shades of blue, green, yellow, and even red.
A retro kitchen pays homage to the past by incorporating the best of older designs with the convenience of new technology. To accomplish this look, choose light fixtures that are:
Pro Tip: Your local hardware store probably won’t have a great selection of retro kitchen fixtures. Instead, shop at antique stores or at yard sales.
Modern design is rooted in the early 20th-century and prioritizes function over form. It’s sleek, minimal, and monochromatic. For a modern kitchen, choose light fixtures such as:
Remember that modern spaces are free from unnecessary flourishes. That being said, avoid overly ornate fixtures.
Modern and contemporary design are often thought to be synonymous. However, modern design refers to the early 20th-century while contemporary style isn’t defined by any period of time. Rather, contemporary style is ever-evolving and reflects what’s trending now.
So, what’s currently trending in kitchen lighting?
If you hit a designing roadblock, simply reference Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media outlets. Interior design magazines can offer inspiration, too.
Shabby chic is a romantic design style defined by a worn, lived-in look. It’s marked by distressed furniture, neutral hues, and ruffles.
You can bring the shabby chic style to your kitchen by selecting light fixtures such as:
Accomplishing a shabby chic look is easier (and cheaper) if you source your fixtures at antique shops. You can also upcycle different materials like wine bottles and mason jars to DIY your own chandelier.
Few big-box stores sell kitchen light fixtures with a rustic style. That being said, consider flexing your creative muscles and creating your own.
Sometimes, infusing your kitchen with shabby chic style can be as easy as swapping out a few light bulbs. However, if your kitchen is in need of a more intensive renovation, contact the remodeling experts at Portico.
At Portico, we can help you choose the perfect kitchen lighting for your home. We can also change the floorplan, replace dated cabinets and countertops, and give you the farmhouse sink you’ve always wanted.
Interested in learning more about our kitchen remodeling services? Contact us for a hassle-free estimate.