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Shabby Chic Light Fixtures: Cozy Lighting For Your Home

Updated on June 3, 2015

Shabby Chic Light Fixtures Cozy Lighting For Your Home

Choosing the right light fixture for your space is important to give it the right tone. Shabby chic light fixtures are a perfect way to add warmth and personality to your home.
Choosing the right light fixture for your space is important to give it the right tone. Shabby chic light fixtures are a perfect way to add warmth and personality to your home. | Source

Whether in your home, apartment or workplace, it's amazing what shedding a little light can do. Choosing the right light fixture for your space is very important to give it the right tone and warmth. A great option for many spaces and styles is the shabby chic light fixture. They are popular for a lot of reasons, including the fact that they are super stylish, match many styles well, and they are an easy upgrade for anyone with basic handyman skills.

This article is all about shabby chic lighting fixtures. We'll look at a few popular styles of fixtures and where you can set them up in your space for best effect. We'll talk about the basic tenets of shabby chic style and what it pairs with best. We will even look at a couple of affordable options for someone looking for an 'out of the box' lighting option.

Let's get going and look at some great and attractive shabby chic lights!

Shabby Chic Light Fixtures Cozy Lighting For Your Home

What Is Shabby Chic Lighting? And Why Is It So Great?

So what exactly is a shabby chic light fixture anyway? Shabby chic style is a sort of 'hybrid' that has resulted from the popularity of a number of interesting styles. First off, the predominant style seen in shabby chic lighting fixtures and furniture in general is French influenced. French country style has the same laid back but classic appeal. Anything that is shabby chic could easily find a cozy spot in a country cottage and not look out of place at all.

Here are a few of the cues of this style, so you can pick it out:

  • Lighter, muted colors: shabby chic light fixtures will usually sport lighter whites, tans or pastel colors, or sometimes a nice cream finish. Think cottage d├ęcor, simple but elegant.
  • Sometimes shabby chic style involves a distressed look. They can have chipped or cracked paint, scuff or wearmarks, or just look very old and well-loved. This adds to the 'cozy' factor. You'll commonly see exposed metal or wood peeking through the paint.
  • Throwbacks to 'classic' styles. You can typically see a very elegant French shape in pieces of this type. In furniture this can manifest as cabriole legs and high backed chairs. In shabby chic lighting fixtures, you'll often see inclusion of crystal ornamentation and curves.

So why are they so hyped up? Beyond being a purely functional device, they add a lot to any area. There are a bunch of great reasons, so let's look at a couple of them.


A shabby chic light isn't just your run of the mill light fixture you can find anywhere. These things have a lot of personality and they are considered 'statement pieces' in your house. That means that they are meant to be shown off and not hidden. Display it somewhere prominent where it stands out well, and you're sure to get some good feedback.

Matches Your Style:

Another nice thing about lighting with a shabby chic fixture is that it is a 'chameleon' piece, matching virtually any type of environment. In fact, sometimes it's just what the doctor ordered to give your space a bit of flair. Whether your home is cozy and French country inspired, full of antiques, bohemian, or even in some cases full of modern furniture, you can pull off a fixture of this type.


A nice feature of shabby chic light fixtures? They can be modified, altered, augmented or even completely customed designed. Since they are a little over the top on purpose, you can add elements, paint them, add more crystals, whatever you like. You can even distress them to make them more shabby to fit your space.

Shabby Chic Light Fixtures Cozy Lighting For Your Home

Popular Styles of Shabby Chic Lighting Fixtures: A Few Options

Here are a few options for you to choose from. Since shabby chic lighting comes in all shapes and sizes, this isn't a comprehensive list. These are just a few of the general categories that you can find out there.


The chandelier is one of the most popular and distinctive styles of shabby chic ceiling lights. Not only are they elegant and sophisticated looking, they are awesome statement pieces. If you have a home with high ceilings, consider placing one of these in your main hall or over the dining room table. They also have the added bonus of throwing a ton of light.

Wall Sconces:

A wall sconce is another popular choice for shabby chic fixtures. They are a bit smaller and more low profile, so don't consider them statement pieces. Rather, they work well to augment a style you already have in place. If you have antique couches or other furniture, consider placing a few small shabby chic wall sconces tastefully around the room. Plus since they hang from the walls and not the roof, it's a lot less hassle to put them up.

Pendant Lights:

These are rarer, but they exist and can be very cool. Unlike the flash of the oversized chandelier, a pendant light is a shabby chic lighting fixture that's a bit more subtle. I've often seen homemade or vintage reworked pendant lights using old jars as the shade. Like the wall sconces mentioned above, you can place these around the room to complement the pieces already in there.

Where To Find and Buy: Shabby Chic Lighting Fixtures

Finding a great light fixture in a shabby chic style can be a challenge, but here are a few suggestions for where to begin your search.

Retail Stores:

There are a few stores out there now beginning to carry shabby chic light fixtures, or at least a very close approximation. They won't necessarily be as bespoke and custom looking, but you can have them for a much more reasonable price.

If you've got a bit more money to spend, shops like Restoration Hardware carry a lot of extremely cool items.

Antique Shops, Etc.

You can make your own shabby chic lighting, or upcycle an older piece by painting and distressing it. This is often an inexpensive choice, since old fixtures can be had for a much lower price. Just make sure they're compatible with modern bulbs, particularly if you use fluorescents.


By far the widest selection of shabby chic lights and lighting is online. You can find thousands of items with a bit of searching. Here are some beautiful shabby chic light fixure found on Amazon for much cheaper than you'd see it in stores.

Take your time, find a fixture you love that fits your space. You'll be amazed what a little light can do!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great hub! I look forward to following your DIY projects! :)