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Kitchens are wonderful spaces where food is made and socializing is done. In order to create a kitchen that is both practical and stylish, it is vital to consider how the space is illuminated and what style the lighting fixtures convey. Kitchen island pendant lights are particularly common for highlighting islands and counters thanks to their many shapes, sizes, styles, and lighting capabilities. To help you choose the lights best suited for your home, we've created a list of our favorite kitchen island lighting ideas and tips for using pendant lights effectively in the kitchen.
One of the benefits of using pendant lights is that they can be mounted at different heights depending on your room's ceiling. Since these lights also come in many different dimensions and aesthetics, this means that you can easily find pendant lights suitable for your kitchen whether it has a tall ceiling, exposed beams, or a standard ceiling.
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In today's open concept homes, you often see kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms sharing the same area. One way to set each area apart is to use a different light or lighting type in each section. This simple space uses two pendant lights over the island and one fan in the living space. The fixtures all convey a simple transitional style, even if they use different colors and finishes. Therefore, when working in settings such as these, you may use different lighting types and finishes as long as they convey the same style and tone.
Many lights take inspiration from other parts of the world and different cultures. By using these lights to highlight your kitchen island, you can bring in a very unique style and create a bold or subtle style. The Moroccan LED pendant lights here may lean more heavily into a jungle theme with the bowls detailed like leaves, but these details can be emphasized or subdued based on what colors and accents you use in the rest of the kitchen.
Transitional style is a blending of modern and traditional styles. Oftentimes, these lights will use the structures and motifs of traditional styles, but the finishes and detailing will fall into a modern aesthetic. The caged candle pendants featured here are a perfect example of transitional style and shows the timeless nature of the style. These fixtures are ideal for creating a timeless, classy aesthetic in any kitchen.
Pendant lights with exposed bulbs are stylish accents for contemporary, rustic, and industrial styles alike. When using these lights, be sure they are not at eye-level for any seating at the island. Since these fixtures direct light outward, placing them at eye level or having them extremely bright will blind anyone who approaches them. Elevating the lights a bit higher is a great way to avoid that problem and highlight a tall ceiling if you have one.
If your kitchen features an inset ceiling, a vaulted ceiling, or other special ceilings, choose lighting fixtures that complement those features. The placement of the light, its colors, and how far it hangs are three facets to consider when it comes to highlighting the ceiling's natural architecture and detailing.
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Black and white are two prominent options for kitchen island pendant lights. Even within those colors, you can find lights that use a polished iron finish, matte colors, or brushed application to fit different aesthetics. These options give you great freedom in highlighting monochromatic modern kitchens or even traditional spaces.
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Kitchen island pendant lights can convey modern, traditional, vintage, and other styles based on their structures and finishes. With the island pendant lighting ideas listed above, you may now choose the lights best suited for your kitchen island and create your ideal room.
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