How To Pick The Right Pendant For Your Kitchen Island

Your kitchen island will always be the focal point of a well-designed space. So, choosing the right lighting for this space is crucial! My favourite way to add style and elegance to a kitchen is the addition of pendant lights. Pendants not only provide lighting for your eating and cooking needs but also pose as a stylish add-on. The biggest problem is that there are so many options! In this blog, I will let you in on my steps to help you pick the perfect pendant for your kitchen island.

Getting to know your space

My first step is to always analyze the space beforehand, take in ceiling measurements, size, and layout of your kitchen island, and consider what you will be using the space for. Do you need bright LED lighting to focus or warm, ambient lighting to create a cozy atmosphere? Knowing what your space needs will make it much easier to select your lights.

How to pick the right size

Sizing is also crucial when selecting pendant lights or linear lights! The size and use of your kitchen island will ultimately depend on the size of your lights. A great tip to choosing a linear light they should be approximately ⅔ the width of your island. For example on an 8′ island the width of a linear light would be 64″ leaving 2ft on either end of the island. For pendant lights you can approach it two ways, using an 8ft island as an example you can do three 12″ pendants spacing them out at 18″ apart leaving 1ft on either side of the island. Or you can do two 24″ pendants spacing them out 32″ apart leaving 8″ on either side of the island. TIP: hang the pendant or linear lights about 8 to 12 inches in from each end of the island, so they don’t hang too close to the end. Also consider the height of the ceiling in relation to your island, lighting will change depending on how close or far the pendant sits from the surface.

Picking your pendants

It is always smart to have an idea of the theme or style you are looking for. It can become tough to pick as pendants come in a wide range of styles. Align the style of your pendant lights with the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. If you have a contemporary kitchen, consider clean and minimalist designs. If you have a traditional kitchen, consider warm broad pendants. Making sure your themes match will allow for a perfectly blended space.

You should also consider the material of your pendants when shopping. Take in all existing materials in the architecture of your kitchen such as floors, walls, cabinets, and countertops. For instance, if you have a modern kitchen, some brushed pendants with nickel or chrome finishes would be a beautiful addition.

Make the most out of your lights

Beyond their purpose for lighting your space, pendant lights can create awesome effects! You can explore shade designs/materials that can diffuse or direct light in cool ways. Frosted glass and fabric shades are great to soften glow, while metal and glass shades can create a focused downlight. You can also use dimmable lighting features to have full control over the feel of your kitchen.

Give your kitchen the love and light it deserves! With our pendant lighting tips, you can make your kitchen the focal point of your home. Knowing your space, understanding the size, and ultimately deciding on your style and material will make your process easier, and leave your kitchen looking beautiful.

Follow along with Sarah Hassaan Interiors for more ways to improve your home!

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