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20 of the best Farmhouse Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Farmhouse style has been very much on-trend for the past several years, and for good reason. It’s simple, straightforward and back to basics. Typically combining a white-and-black aesthetic, the style features sturdy and functional hardware. Read on for some farmhouse outdoor lighting ideas for your home.


Lighting an outdoor living space isn’t much different than lighting an indoor living room. The main difference is you’ll want to select an outdoor-rated light fixture. But this black farmhouse pendant would look equally at home inside. Try hanging it above your outdoor coffee table.

White with Black Accents

A black drum pendant is a classic choice for an outdoor dining table. Keeping with farmhouse style, this exterior dining area combines white wood slats with black accents. A single wall sconce rounds out the look with a simple and elegant form.

Scale Up

Two hanging black farmhouse-style pendant light this rustic porch and seating area. The oversize fixtures work well in an outdoor space, and are balanced by soft seating. Don’t be afraid to scale up to create a dynamic effect for your outdoor area.

Coordinated Look

A white barn door style garage door calls for farmhouse lights. These gooseneck lanterns in black fit the bill. The square mounting plate coordinates with the square openings in the window mullions.

Rustic and Refined

Just like in a living room, an outdoor fireplace becomes the focus of the space. It’s the perfect spot for gathering by the fire and entertaining. Here, a double-height pendant fixture in back and white provides contrast to the rustic stone and wood pergola.

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Farmhouse Dining

This outdoor dining area has all the farmhouse trappings—wood barn doors, a white-washed dining table and textured drum shaded grey pendants. If you have a longer dining table, sometimes one pendant isn’t enough. Try two or more to evenly illuminate the surface of the dining table.

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Farmhouse Fan

Ceiling fans aren’t just for the indoors. This outdoor ceiling fan in neutral wood tones works with the laid back decor. It also keeps the air moving for optimal comfort and, as an added bonus, keeps insects at bay.

Inviting Look

Want to make your front door feel extra welcoming? Add flowers and light! A barrel of bright flowers is very inviting, and a farmhouse style outdoor wall light laced above complements the home’s architecture and makes your guests feel right at home.

Garage Lighting Idea

Placing wall sconces on either side of your driveway helps to keep your home secure and guides you on your way to park. These farmhouse-style fixtures integrate perfectly with the style of this home, but would work with a variety of other types of architecture. Space the sconces evenly so you have one on each side of a garage door.

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Keep It Moving

Keeping the air moving is important for making outdoor dining areas comfortable. This farmhouse-style fan is up for the task. Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs created a functional and enjoyable outdoor dining space.

Farmhouse Front Door 101

Farmhouse entry sconces typically feature simple black frames with gooseneck suspension. These fixtures fit the bill and contrast again white vertical metal siding. A black front door is a must, and natural wreaths complete the look.

Quintessential Farmhouse

The quintessential farmhouse exterior light is a simple design with a curved arm focuseing the light downward. Use a series of them to adequately light your exterior space. Black contrasts a white or off-white exterior and provides a sharp detail.

Farmhouse Makeover

Want a farmhouse makeover for your front door? Paint the door black and add two matching wall sconces with black frames. The result is simple and classic and will look good for many years to come.

Guide the Way

This exterior lighting scheme by Sublime Homes is thorough and welcoming. A farmhouse entry lantern guides the way to the front door, while spotlights highlight the rusticated stone base. The overall effect is warm and inviting.

Matching Lanterns

White siding, black shutters and a black front door is the ultimate farmhouse expression. Rustic-style matching wall sconces complete the look. Choose hanging lanterns in matte black or oil-rubbed bronze finishes for the best results.

Ask Your House

This basket-style farmhouse lantern sets up a rhythm that works well with the mullions and railings of this entry. Before you purchase a front door light, take stock of your home’s architecture. What elements stand out and what would you like to emphasize? Select a fixture that complements that.

Coordinated and Classy

A swimming pool is the focal point for this stunning outdoor area by Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. Outdoor sconces in black and a heavy-duty ceiling fan are functional choices. The overall vibe is coordinated and classy.

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Secure Appraoch

Even if your home isn’t farmhouse style, you can still incorporate this type of fixture. This single black wall sconce marks the entry. Security lights on the second floor cast additional light to guide the way.

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Post lanterns are a perfect addition to a rustic stone wall. A series of these lanterns creates a sense of rhythm and lights your outdoor lawn The simple bronze design fits into the farmhouse style and many others.

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Double the Height

Have a double-height outdoor area? Approach it the same way you would lighting a double-height entryway or living room. Opt for a statement-making mid century modern outdoor pendant that works with the scale of the space. This polished fixture unites the otherwise rustic finishes throughout.

Make a Statement

Make a statement at your entryway with two matching wall sconces. This simple design integrates with the architecture. The black frame makes it work equally well with farmhouse style as with more traditional design, as seen here.

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Contrast with Wood

For an outdoor dining area try two farmhouse-style outdoor pendants. These fixtures feature a simple black frame and are suspended from chains. The look is simple and functional, and provides a nice contrast to the wood outdoor dining table and wood siding on the home.

Go Rustic

This rustic farmhouse vibe combines cut stone walls and plenty of ivy and greenery. A single wall-mounted lantern guides you along a gravel path. The style of the light is perfectly integrated with the architecture.

Rustic Retreat

This rustic outdoor seating area benefits from two drum-shaped pendants in durable outdoor materials. A black metal frame dials into the farmhouse look, while pebbled glass shades add softness. A warm wood ceiling and rustic stone walls lend warmth.

Proportions First

If the entry to your home is already dramatic, such as this one with a swooping arched porch, then your front door lighting should be on the simple side. This simple smaller-scale pendant fits the bill. Always keep proportions in mind when lighting your front entry.

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We hope this roundup of ideas for exterior light fixtures in the farmhouse style has helped inspire some ideas of your own. The farmhouse look is simple and functional, and can give your home great curb appeal. Incorporate one or more of these ideas to light your home.


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