Today we’re talking kitchen island lighting. I’m on the hunt for something to complement our large Morris Lantern, which hangs above our round breakfast table (just to the right of the kitchen in the photo below). Are you ready for me to accost your eyeballs? Yesterday, I unveiled our kitchen renovation plans, which included these embarrassing “before” photos. I’ve wanted to replace this “droopy booby” light for years! You can’t unsee it now, can you?
We’re hiring an electrician to install lighting in the new cabinets, so we’ll have him rework the kitchen island lighting too, which means we’re not limited to the single pendant anymore. We can either hang 2 pendants or a linear chandelier. I don’t want to block sight lines to the rest of the kitchen and the size of the island won’t change much, so I’m thinking 3 pendants might be too much.
We’re trying to find a light fixture that’s not matchy-matchy, but still complements the Morris pendant. It’s such a showstopper with its frosted glass panels, so to help counteract and balance the space, I think the island lighting needs to be open and airy, without a lot of visual weight.
I’ve narrowed it down to these pairings. Which one gets your vote?
bryant billiard / collette linear / gale pendants / sloan pendants / cesta linear / sloan double shop / darlana linear
Lilly T. says
My vote is Collette Linear or Bryant Billiard, in that order. They seem to bring out the lines nicely without overpowering them and will also match the beautiful stove. I think the others are a little too big or have too much gold. Can’t wait to see what you will pick!! 🙂
Chris Bannard says
These are my favorites too. I would just reverse the order with Bryant Billiard at the top for me. I think that it allows enough sight lines and references the lines in the pendant. Have fun – this is a very exciting project.
I like both of the Sloan options. Can I ask what you are doing for a hood vent? My new vent hood is so pretty, I wanted it to be a focal point so in turn we decided not to put any pendants over our island that would block the view of it.
That new stove is …….Amazing!! I wanted one like that but my kitchen is small and wouldn’t support one that big.
There are so many aspects to my new kitchen I wish I had had your input on or your carpentry skills. Can’t wait to see what the end product is. Best wishes Jen!!
Thank you Niki! We’re doing a vent hood insert and the hood will look integrated with the cabinetry, something like this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/54113633013257365/ If your hood is a focal point, I’d agree with you – don’t obstruct the beautiful view if you can help it!