Just 8 Rustic Lighting Ideas So Good You'll Never Want to Leave Your Living Room

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'Tis the season for rustic style: think organic shapes, natural materials, earth tones, raw wood, and iron — the kind of natural, unfussy coziness you might find in a rugged mountain cabin or a rambling old farmhouse. There's no better way to add a hint of rusticity to your living area than with lighting — wall sconces, table lights, floor lamps, and more — that you can substitute in and swap around with ease. Take a look at these eight rustic living room lighting ideas to try at home, then add a sheepskin blanket and a cup of tea — just in time for cozy season.

1. Rustic Pendant Lights

Reach peak rusticity with an iron pendant light that looks like a hanging candelabra. That way, you can turn down the lights, light the fireplace, and pretend you're reading by candlelight. And bonus, the iron frame will look striking by daylight, too.

Get the look: Pottery Barn Manor Indoor/Outdoor Glass Pendant, $399 - $499

2. Patinated Wall Sconce

A bit of patina lends an air of rusticity to any living room lighting idea. Case in point? This unpolished, vintage-looking, two-pronged sconce with a mirror, spotted in the home of the blogger behind She Holds Dearly. Hang it on its own to add a farmhouse vibe to any sitting area.

Get the look: Visual Comfort Kate Antique Mirror Wall Sconce, $239

3. Natural Wood Floor Lamp

Any floor lamp with a wooden base will add a dose of natural texture (and height) to your living room lighting idea, even if that living space isn't strictly rustic in style. Case in point: this angular version from Serena & Lily, with wooden supports just streamlined enough that it doesn't overpower the room.

Get the look: Serena & Lily Brompton Floor Lamp, $548

4. Iron Chandelier

For a rustic living room lighting idea that's still subtle and timeless, hang an iron chandelier in the center of the ceiling. The three-arm version in the space above, by Dichotomy Interiors, adds depth and dimension to the room's earthy tones and textures, while the silhouette lends a modern edge.

Get the look: France & Son Midcentury Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp, $481.79

5. Exposed-Bulb Sconces

Exposed Edison bulbs — as seen here, in a pair of simple wall sconces in a living room nook by the blogger behind Most Lovely Things — always, always up the rusticity factor. So do a steam chest-turned-coffee-table, a stump side table, and an arrangement of branches.

Get the look: Schoolhouse Satellite Sconce, $149

6. Sculptural Wood Table Lamp

You could go all-out with a table lamp made out of driftwood or petrified wood. But if you want to add just a hint of the rustic aesthetic, any lamp with a wooden base, like this simple, sculptural one in a living room designed by Amber Lewis, will do just fine.

Get the look: Wrought Studio Lower Hazel Table Lamp, $34.99

7. Black Standing Lamp

In a completely rustic living area, a simple black light fixture never fails. Here, IKEA's Hektar floor lamp takes on farmhouse appeal in a living room filled with rustic textures and touches like a sheepskin blanket, rough-hewn wood mantel, and stone fireplace.

Get the look: IKEA Hektar Floor Lamp, $54.99

8. Rough Rope Pendants

Rustic style isn't all wood and iron, though. Add rough, unfussy texture with other natural materials, like these knotted, slightly frayed rope pendant lights. Hang them in the middle of the room, or in a nook off to the side for a cozy spot to hunker down all winter long.

Get the look: Vory Retro Vintage Rope Pendant Light, $72.55


Annie Quigley is a freelance writer, editor, and poet whose work has appeared in Remodelista, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

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