Modern Farmhouse Style Revealed in Three Simple Steps

In the world of inspired lighting and tasteful home design, Modern Farmhouse style is a well-established favorite. The friendly atmosphere this trend evokes is immediately identifiable to design connoisseurs, but what lies at its heart? Here are the three defining characteristics that you need to know about to understand the ambiance that pervades Modern Farmhouse lighting. 

1. Deep-seated Pastoral Influences

As the name implies, Modern Farmhouse looks to rural settings for inspiration. From the country farmsteads of ages past to more recent Colonial architecture, the ethos of this style remains defiantly entrenched in a simpler way of life.

Interestingly, Modern Farmhouse still functions quite well with contemporary installations, like pendant lighting. Thanks to the diverse nature of the farmhouses that originally inspired this aesthetic, today’s designers have plenty of ways to express authentically rustic tastes.

2. Reclamation of Resources

Modern Farmhouse lighting fixtures vary widely. They can be simple and refined or downright rustic. Some fixtures even feature unique, minimalistic designs that make use of open space. This kind of design favors those who aren’t hesitant to embrace imperfections. As opposed to the flawless, polished surfaces of many lighting fixtures, Modern Farmhouse style thrives on variegated patinas, recycled timber and weathered finishes. 

Don’t be deterred by a new or unoccupied residence – you can still use Modern Farmhouse philosophies to make it look lived in and authentic. Keep in mind the aforementioned patinas and weathering to “age” your space.

3. Imaginative Problem Solving

When you imagine an old farmhouse, you don’t picture a sleek, put-together bachelor pad or loft. Those who seek out this style prefer to feel as if they’re occupying living, breathing spaces with a sense of nostalgia.

Want to arouse a similar sentiment? You can’t be too timid to innovate. In one home, for instance, Carolina Lanterns and Lighting’s own Shannan Payne Preston merged barreled profiles with acid-spray-washed copper to create unique chandeliers. In the process, she added a coordinated, time-worn feel to a distinctly modern, multipurpose space. You can read more about this project in Charleston Home and Design Magazine’s spring issue.

These custom fixtures were visually distinct from the colonial lantern set that adorned the home’s front entryway and the airy pendant lighting in the dining areas. Nonetheless, they all worked together to unify the property’s clear sense of personality. By venturing beyond the conventional and integrating lighting elements with different visual flavors, Shannan was able to create Modern Farmhouse lighting that hearkened to the inventive, purpose-focused spirit that drove design pioneers of the rustic past.

Are You Ready to Get Back to Basics?

Modern Farmhouse style is yours to personalize and refashion with lighting fixtures that range from classic Carolina Lanterns to custom pendants and chandeliers. Are you ready to get back to basics with this style? You can follow our Modern Farmhouse style pinboard on Pinterest to discover the latest trends and get inspired.

Better yet, talk to a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting expert about your upcoming design masterpiece. We love tackling new challenges, and we can’t wait to see how you make Modern Farmhouse your own. Reach out to one of our team members to spark the conversation. 

The Gold & Black Trend

Wondering what’s new in home decor for 2017? Gold fixtures – including faucets, lighting fixtures and furniture trim – have been making waves for a few years now, and there’s no sign that they’re going to fade out of favor any time soon.

There’s something new with the gold trend, though. In years past it was often paired with white for a fresh, airy look. This pairing spanned everything from beach cottage style to Hollywood Regency looks. And those are great, but have you noticed how amazing gold looks paired with black? Based on the gorgeous new lights at the Dallas International Lighting market in January, it looks like black is the new… black… after all, and it plays very nicely with gold when it comes to the hottest new lighting fixtures.

Take a look for yourself at this trend in action:

Minimalist Pendants

Fletcher Pendant with Etched Opal Glass

Though gold has a reputation for being ornate and perfect for scrollwork and Victorian styles, it also looks très chic in modern pendant lighting. This look keeps the gold with a rich patina that offers just a bit of luster to contrast against the black shade. A line of these pendants over a kitchen island will direct the light down to the countertops and add a bold statement to your décor.

Crystal Chandeliers

Hamlet Chandelier

On the other end of the design spectrum are sparkling chandeliers that add drama and romance to any room. You don’t have to live in a sprawling mansion to enjoy a touch of sparkle in your dining room – or better yet, your master bath. A hint of gold adds a subtle shimmer to the glittery baubles on this piece, yet it’s anchored by a dark finish that makes the whole piece more substantial.

Classic Candle Lanterns

Clarendon Bronze Hanging Foyer Light

If a chandelier is a bit too much for your modern home, try the transitional look of a hanging fixture styled like a lantern instead. This fixture combines the classic lines of an outdoor lantern with on-trend black and gold for its framing. The gold base for the candle bulbs shimmer gently in this bird cage-inspired hanging lamp.

Making Black and Gold Work for You

What makes 2017’s black and gold trend feel fresh instead of dated? Take a good look at the gold in each of the fixtures above. Rather than being bright or brassy, the metal has a more matte look and a richer tone leaning toward coppery or rose-gold undertones. The black portions, on the other hand, are often textured, which keeps it from looking flat or dull. When paired together, black and gold are kept in balance, and the result is that you get an elegant lighting fixture that works in all sorts of spaces.

How will you use this trend in your home this year?