Express Yourself: Brighten Your Kitchen with Pendant Lighting
Pendant lighting is an essential part of a well-lit kitchen. Hung via straight poles, chains or cords, pendant lights illuminate important work areas in your kitchen and brighten the high-traffic conversation and entertainment areas.
When it comes to your lighting, try to spice things up. There’s no fun in having a kitchen that looks like everyone else’s. Pendant lighting gives you a great opportunity to add flavor, charm and character to your kitchen.
Often grouped in odd numbers, pendants work well over preparation areas as task lighting, over the kitchen island, breakfast bar and dining room table. For a look unique to your kitchen, hang pendants in clusters, vary the heights, and even mix and match styles.
From subdued to an in-your-face focal point, here are some pendant styles that will make your kitchen stand out.
Glass Pendant Lights
Small glass pendants have a more subtle, sophisticated style. If you don’t want your lighting to be your focal point, consider pendant options like these. In this kitchen, for example, the backsplash clearly commands your attention. The pendant simply and elegantly adds focused lighting over the sink area.
Globe Pendant Lights
This style is very trendy at the moment. Globe pendants tend to be larger. But because they are clear, the visual weight isn’t there so they don’t overpower the space. In the picture above, the same pendants are used over the island and the dining room table, adding comfortable consistency.
Industrial Pendant Lights
Either shiny or time-worn, and from light to dark finishes, industrial pendants are great for a more modern look. Plus, they make for an unexpected yet welcome contrast. The tiny pendants in this photo direct light above the sink and kitchen peninsula to help with food preparation and eating.
Polished Steel Pendant Lights
Glossy, polished metal works well in contemporary spaces. Pictured above, the bell-shaped pendants complement the other metal and shiny surfaces without being overwhelming.
Colorful Pendant Lights
Color is a must in the kitchen. Without it, things get bland. The little fiery bursts of red and orange in the kitchen above make a statement that can’t be missed.
Textured Pendant Lights
Pendant lights are another great way to add texture to your space. Here, the textured pendants add flair above the uniform surfaces of the white cabinets. At the same time, the lights illuminate working and eating surfaces below.
Chandeliers can be used in places other than the dining room table. Coming in many styles, chandeliers offer intricate details, glamour and a stunning focal point to your space. Or they can be used in more unexpected places, like above the sink in the picture above.
Clustered Pendant Lights
Here are those glass globes again. This time, they’re hung at varied levels and in a cluster. It’s a functional piece of bright eye candy.
Oversize Pendant Lights
Scale is important when selecting your lighting. But don’t be afraid of oversized pendants. As they say, go big or go home! This hybrid chandelier-drum pendant makes a big impact. The dangling crystals complement the more detailed, textured surfaces in this kitchen. From a visual standpoint, the lack of color keeps it from being visually too much.
Mix and Match Pendant Lights
There’s no better way to give your kitchen personality than by mixing and matching pendant lights. Even though this isn’t a kitchen, you can see the eclectic style come through in the lighting.
What do you like to see in kitchen pendant lights? Share your thoughts, design tips and any other comments below!