7 Considerations For Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting Selection

September 19, 2018 7:15 am by sandiego
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7 Considerations For Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting Selection

Feel free to have fun. “Pendants over a kitchen island really have two jobs: they are not only task lights, but decorative lights as well,” Anderson says. “The other lighting (generally recessed cans) in the kitchen will help with the overall lighting of the room, so you can have fun and be daring with your island lighting and focus a little more on style versus function.” Anderson says a pendant or lantern with a downward-facing shade/bulb is best, but stay away from lanterns with an open-topped glass bowl, which have a tendency to collect dust and can be hard to clean.

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This smaller cone, branching type fixture on a single stem, in one of my kitchen remodel projects, is good for spreading the detail out in this kitchen with a lower, 8′-0″ ceiling. 

Yes. Many times I’ll find the perfect fixture, only to realize it is likely too expensive. Then it’s back to searching. 🙁

Every project has different criteria and homeowner wants and needs. Taking those into account when making selections is always top of mind. 🙂

I may draw in a drum shade or round globe at first. Details or style could change, but I’m trying to get an idea of how the lighting will impact the kitchen in terms of how much space it should take up.

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Make sure you have enough wattage. Having ample light for your island is a must. “If you are working with a kitchen with no recessed can lighting, make sure you are getting pendants with at least a 100-watt bulb in them,” Anderson advises. “You can always put them on a dimmer when you don’t need them for task use.”

Finishes can contrast or blend, depending on how you want the fixtures to stand out.

I love this single long fixture over the island in the Netflix series, Bloodline’s kitchen. 

Do you like any of these fixtures above and want to check them out for your kitchen? I have some linked below.

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7 Considerations For Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting Selection

You can see the difference below, in my own kitchen. The glass pendants over my 27″ deep island are light and enable the focus of the room to go to the X-design cabinet doors beyond. 

TSG Tip 174 from Emily Anderson of Martha O’Hara Interiors in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credits for space featured above: Martha O’Hara Interiors, Interior Design | City Homes, Builder | Troy Thies, Photography.

Many times I like to use glass pendants for the ability to see through the fixture. These work well in kitchens with smaller or more narrow islands, so they don’t intrude too much into the room. 

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One of the first things I look at is the size of the fixture. This is usually indicated in a sketch I do as a preliminary design concept for the space. 

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By contrast, the pendant over the table, with an opaque metal shade, makes a more dominant statement and fills the space, purposefully.

You can see how this traditional kitchen below features an antique, heirloom chandelier in one of my client’s kitchens and truly contributes much to the style of the space.

Lighting creates a big style statement in a space, especially in a kitchen where cabinetry might be plain and simple.

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In this kitchen remodel, the black pendants echo the black on the island and at the hood’s mantel. They add punctuation and detail here.

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I seem to be doing two pendants more often these days, unless there is a really large island. This long kitchen island needed three to run down the length.

There are soooo many choices these days for pendant lighting over kitchen islands. It’s difficult to know how to choose which one would work best in your kitchen.

These brass inverted bowl shaped fixtures really show up against the backdrop of the darker cabinetry in this remodel. The brass finish repeated a vibrant citrine color we were using in the adjacent living room in fabrics on upholstery.

The cone shaped fixtures below needed to be large because of the high ceilings in this space.

It’s okay to mix metals—just not too much! While Anderson is fond of black with gold or black with brass, she is quick to remind that there are many other finishes in the kitchen thanks to appliances, plumbing, and cabinet hardware, so it’s a good idea to exercise some restraint. “Not everything has to match, but you also don’t want too many finishes in one room,” she says.

While pendant lighting does supply direct lighting over and island, sometimes it can be more decorative if there is a good wash of light surrounding the space. Clear or translucent shades offer ambient lighting that contribute to the overall light in the room, while opaque shades keep the lighting more directional for tasks at the island.

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Don’t think too small. “Nothing is worse than tiny pendants—and a lot of them—over an island,” Anderson says, cautioning that it’s a dated look and can feel messy or cluttered. “Less is more in this situation. Normally two or three lights over any kitchen island will do the trick!”

While you may love a certain type of fixture, sometimes it is not that appropriate for the space you have to work with.

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A focal point, a place to perch, and a highly functional space, a kitchen island must accommodate a number of needs—which means selecting the right lighting for the area can be a challenge. To help guide us through the process, we asked Emily Anderson, Lead Interior Designer at Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Martha O’Hara Interiors, to share the key considerations for choosing island fixtures. Here, she sheds some light on the subject (sorry, we couldn’t resist!):

Mind your sight lines. Don’t make the mistake of accidentally covering up an eye-catching element. “Do you have a fabulous range hood you want to show off? Then don’t put a large, opaque pendant in the way,” Anderson advises. Instead, she recommends going with a more open option or glass so your hood can be the showcase piece in your kitchen.

Take nearby fixtures into account. “Having your lighting relate to each other is key in close quarters,” Anderson notes. “Find one element, finish, shape, or style and match them. If your pendants are more modern, the light over your breakfast nook should have a modern element to it as well. If your pendants have a mix of brass and black, then you could choose one of those finishes for your breakfast table light.”

Large brass cone-shaped kitchen island fixtures, Carla Aston – Designer

Today, I’m sharing a few of the considerations I go through when selecting pendant lighting for my clients and projects.

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