French Style Lighting Ideas
French Style Lighting Ideas
Whether you're furnishing a French Chateaux, creating a shabby chic interior or a modern rustic style home decor scheme, French style lighting is the perfect finishing touch to help pull a cohesive, French inspired interior together.
French lighting is defined by pure elegance, and intricate pieces that add exquisite beauty to a space.
Typically, French lighting is petite in design, but not always. This is especially true of our showstopper Hollen Globe which was inspired by the 1950s Paris Holophane Globe Street Light, this iconic prismatic sphere design once lit the thoroughfares of the French Capital.
These French style lighting ideas are the perfect way to weave some Parisian charm into your interiors.
Petite Style French Lighting
Petite, intricate lighting is synonymous with French inspired interiors, with a focus on pure elegance, rather than size. Statement lighting doesn't mean it has to have a big physical presence.
The D'arblay is a beautiful, early 20th century inspired pendant light featuring a deeply cut, prismatic, dome shaped shade with scalloped edge. The D'Arblay scalloped prismatic glass dome provides a combination of uplight and downlight to illuminate an interior without creating shadow or glare.
Classically French in design, the etched glass of this Romilly funnel pendant beautifully casts light patterns, across the ceiling, whilst directing the majority of the glow into the room. Think Paris, think atmospheric bistro and then think 5 star Parisian hotel.
This gorgeous light is the perfect compliment to a hallway, living room, hung as a row over a kitchen island, or even a fabulous alternative to bedside table lamps, as demonstrated below.
The simple, classic shape of the Romilly wall light is elegant and understated. It perfectly complements period, retro and more contemporary interior decors.
The Romilly Clear Glass Funnel Wall Light exudes elegance and sophistication. A perfect light for almost every room in a home, it looks looks sensational when matched with our Romilly clear tapered pendant light.
The exquisitely etched glass of this Romilly double funnel wall light beautifully distorts light, creating a pattern across the ceiling and wall whilst directing the majority of glow down into the room.
The classic shape of this wall light lends itself to use in French, period and traditional style interiors.
The D'Arblay rise and fall pendant is a classically inspired design influenced by the bistros of the early 1900's Provincial France.
With a sophisticated modern twist, this timeless pendant features a pulley system and counterweight to allow for the height to be instantaneously adjusted through the decorative braided flex.
The petite holophane style scalloped glass dome shade is designed to deliver optimum light output and eliminate shadows and glare.
Classically French in design, the wide shade of the Romilly dome pendant provides a retro feel and the etched glass beautifully casts light patterns across the ceiling, whilst directing the majority of the glow into the room.
This light hung in sequence with others looks sensational as bedside table lights, above a dining room table, a breakfast bar or a kitchen island.
Exceptions To The Rule
Like anything when it comes to interior design, there are exceptions to the rule. Whilst petite lights are a key part of French design, there is an outlier to this rule, meet the Hollen Globe.
Inspired by the 1950s Paris Holophane Globe Street Light, this iconic prismatic sphere design once lit the thoroughfares of the French Capital.
Transformed from the practical to the sophisticated and stylish, the textured prismatic glass of the Hollen Globe provides a combination of up light and down light which projects a wonderfully even distribution of light, without casting shadow or glare.
Petite lights are incredibly endearing, but larger pendant lights that have a French essence to them are equally as grand, and elegant in a French inspired interior.
Take a look at our full French collection of lights for more inspiration.