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Lighting Styles – Hamptons to French

July 16, 2021

Choosing the right style
Choosing the right style of lighting can be a daunting task, so we have prepared this style guide to help you.

Remember that you can choose from different styles in different rooms. It is recommended that there be some elements that relate them together, but they do not need to be all from the same style/range. The French style is most of all about bringing a joyful and elegant quality. It is about individuality as well, so follow your instincts and ask yourself – does this particular light or style give you the feeling you wish to create in this room? As ultimately getting the feeling right is what turns a house into a home. Here are some of the classic lighting styles explained.

The rustic farmhouse style can be found in both regional France and Tuscany.
It is recognised for stone wall details, wooden beams, terracotta floors, lime-washed walls, and country furniture in both rich timber finishes and painted in antique white with colourful trims.

The types of lights that would work well with this style are lights with wrought iron and those with rustic timber.

French Country
The French country style refers to the style found in the grand homes of France. This style covers a variety of elements, as it can be done with more of an informal casual look or a more elegant, refined approach.

There are many lights that can be incorporated into this style, such as lights with wrought iron, bronze, fine metal work, some with touches of antique gold and some with a painted finish.
The overall qualities are those of casual elegance with a French touch: classical yet understated, curved and gracious yet not too busy.

The Hamptons style is defined by a casual and relaxed beach holiday feel. It has classical French elements that are done in a sophisticated and understated way. With a colour scheme in the whites, light greys and neutrals, the types of lights that go well with Hamptons décor are refined, classical styles that can be finished in bronze, pewter, and aged silver as well as in white.

Modern Classic
This style is where modern style combines with classical elements; one creating a balance to the other. Modern styles can seem cold and devoid of decorative elements and classical styles can be too busy and lacking simplicity.

Modern classic combine both elements, giving a fresh quality to the richness of classical design. How they are combined and how much of each can be chosen from the huge variety of designs available.
The mid-century styles are a great example of how the two styles can come together.

Versailles and Formal French
This style is found both in the French chateaux as well as the grand homes and apartments in Paris. This is where all the richness of the history of decorative art is present.

This style does not need to be overly intricate or busy, it is about judiciously using the timeless beauty of gold and the patina of aged bronze with your interior décor. Some have crystal to enhance the reflected lights, some may also have clip-on shades to soften the light while bringing pleated fabric into missing a word here. The baroque and classical elements in this style evoke the charms of the Grande Epoque.

Need advice or help choosing light?

Get in touch with our design team to discuss your individual requirements. Our designer is also available to assist and you are welcome to send images of your interiors, photos of interiors and lights you like.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.