5 Farmhouse Dining Room Lighting Ideas That Will Make Chip and Joanna Proud

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Channeling a farmhouse vibe in your dining room seems like an easy choice. The options for rustic dining room tables are endless, adding vintage accents and decor is a breeze, and — let's be real about the biggest reason — you have Chip and Joanna in your corner. And if Fixer Upper has taught us anything, it's that any space can be made over into a rustic, farmhouse paradise as long as you have a few special components.

Enter the farmhouse light fixture: A super easy way to immediately set the vibe of your dining room. You want it to feel charming and cozy without looking too rundown or shabby, and you want to incorporate older vibes without looking too vintage. And that's where we come in. From Edison bulbs and wrought-iron to unfinished wood and rustic steel, here are five ideas for farmhouse light fixtures in your rustic dining room. Now, who wants to come over for some prickly pear lemonade?

1. Keep it Simple With an Openwork Lantern Pendant

Whether it's made of industrial steel or distressed wood, an exposed lantern lends an open and airy look to your table. And because it's not confined to a bulb or shade, it casts a warm glow and ambience to your whole dining room. If you're looking for a bit more light, a few sconces by your credenza should do the trick nicely.

Get the Look: Birch Lane Natarsha 4-Light Lantern Geometric Pendant, $295.99; Jonathan Y Pagoda Lantern Pendant, $160.99; Northfield 3-Light Lantern Geometric Pendant, $279.99

2. Go Heavy on Unfinished Wood

Speaking of distressed wood, when it comes to a rustic countryside vibe, unfinished reigns supreme. And even if you didn't find it in your grandmother's attic or the flea market down the street, a seasoned-looking light fixture will look great too.


Get the Look: Birch Lane Ricciardo 4-Light Globe Chandelier, $635; Laurel Foundry Delon 4-Light Square/Rectangle Chandelier, $390.30; A&B Home Perth Wooden Chandelier, $92.99

3. When in Doubt, Go Linear

Because, let's be real, the heads of the table deserve the same amount of brightness as those in the middle. One piece of advice? These gorgeous rectangular fixtures look best above a similarly rectangular table.

Get the Look: Kichler Marimount Linear Suspension Light, $598; 17 Stories Emaria 4-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant, $379.99; Wednesbury 5-Light Kitchen Island Jar Pendant, $199.99

4. Rock Your Lighting Like a Wagon Wheel

Listen to Darius Rucker, he knows best. In all seriousness though, calling it a wagon wheel certainly ups the countryside ante, but in reality it's also a fixture reminiscent of medieval times. Either way you look at it, this style packs a serious design punch.

Get the Look: Modway Encircle Chandelier, $577.34; Gracie Oaks Tarantino 6-Light Wagon Wheel Chandelier, $145.99; Lark Manor Boularderie 6-Light Wagon Wheel Chandelier, $165.99

5. Keep It Simple, Keep It Glass

While you could argue — and be correct — that this type of fixture veers into the industrial style space, it's all about what you pair it with. Stick with unfinished wooden tables, lots of greenery, and natural hues and materials for a perfect farmhouse scene. Stay away from caged pendants and fixtures will a lot of steel to keep it from becoming too industrialized.

Get the Look: Pottery Barn Flynn Recycled Glass Pendant, $99+; Laurel Foundry Isaiah 1-Light Single Schoolhouse Pendant, $269.99; Serena & Lily Finley Pendant, $748+


Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.