Kitchen Island Lighting 101

Ah. The magic of the kitchen island. It is one of the most used pieces of real estate in your kitchen. Here you prep meals for the family, you sign permission forms and go through the mail. It’s a busy and special place in the home. And the best part is, it’s one of the easiest and most fun places to play with your lighting design. 

To give your kitchen a quick pick me up just change out your pendant lighting over your island with our quick tips. 

What’s On the Ceiling?

Depending on how your kitchen island listing was planned you may have one main electrical boxes or multiple. If you have one main electrical box you can still have that multiple pendant look (without changing your wiring) but you will want to make sure that the fixture you select offers a long canopy to accommodate the multiple pendants. 

If you are building your home, you may have more options to play with in regards to wiring above your kitchen island. Talk with your builder to see what your options are. 

Bella Mini Pendant in Matte Black & Brushed Nickel

Sizing

When determining the size of your lighting fixtures for your kitchen island lighting it is incredibly important to know the length of your island and your ceiling height. No one wants to be bumping their head on a light while trying to cook dinner!

Geo Chandelier in Matte Black & Chrome

How Much Light Do You Need

Generally people prefer their kitchens to be bright with lots of light. When selecting your kitchen island lighting you want to pay attention to the shade of the lighting fixture. Metal shades will direct the light downwards giving you a ‘task lighting’ effect over your kitchen island. While open lights or clear glass shades will disperse the light in all directions working to illuminate more of the kitchen. Then there are white or opaque shades. These shades will illuminate more of your kitchen than a metal shade, but not as much as an open fixture or clear glass shades. 

Z-Studio Dome Pendant in Yellow

Feel Your Own Style:

This area of lighting should be where you can take a risk and bring out a little bit more personality to your kitchen. Whether that be something a little bit more vintage-inspired or something bright and bold. You can easily switch out these pendant lights when needing a refresh for your kitchen lighting.

Keep in mind other fixtures that may be in the sight line of your kitchen. You certainly don’t have to match everything together, but each fixture should compliment and flow with the others to create a cohesive look. 

Landry Pendant in Matte White & Rubbed Brass

If you are looking to update your lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

The Lighting Lady

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