Maybe it's coincidence, but the past three stories I have worked on all incorporated some industrial barn lighting (one cottage used exterior lights picked up for a song at country hardware stores as sconces in a living room). The cage doesn't seem to rattle anyone, inside or out, and you can milk the industrial vibe and vintage charm anywhere. (No more corny farm references, promise.)
On working farms, the safety cages protected startled farm animals from smashing the lightbulbs with a swing of their heads. Both the gooseneck light and Demerara shutters on this Florida bungalow (left) can stand up to hazards of a different kind: high winds and blowing debris during hurricane season. Indoors, barn lights offer an industrial touch as a gritty alternative to picture lights, and match the mood of these battered leather club chairs perfectly.
Barn lights are a natural fit with homespun details like a beadboard ceiling and a simple medallion.
Unpainted steel versions have a nice patina, but these black pendants are distinctive and sharp.
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