Kitchen Renovation 101: Pendant Lighting

PendantLighting10Continuing to share the evolution of my ongoing kitchen renovation (click here for the first post of this series), we are now making decisions about lighting. Many home renovations wait until the end of the project to focus on lighting decisions, but in fact lighting should be prioritized early as it is one of the most important elements in the room. Imagine spending lots of money on kitchen cabinetry, then choosing light fixtures that don’t add any personality or functionality? Not a recipe for success. When it comes to our design projects, we patiently guide our clients in making fun and sometimes adventurous selections. It’s always exciting to see them installed. Here’s a photo of my kitchen pre-demolition. Previously the kitchen had only recessed lighting, but oh, the possibilities…
McGrath-ExistingConditionsUsing different style light fixtures is the most challenging scenario- but done well, we think it’s the chicest.
PendantLighting1We love the cone shape of these Thomas O’Brien hanging pendants. And they come in so many wonderful finishes. We’re kind of partial to the white with antique bronze detail.
PendantLighting2 PendantLighting3 PendantLighting4The simplicity of this large elegant pendant (most likely one of a pair) looks perfect here.PendantLighting5We love the recent popularity of using wall sconces in kitchens to add a new design element. Particularly when there are high ceilings, this looks amazing. As you can see, there is no shortage of wonderful wall sconces to choose from.PendantLighting6 PendantLighting7

PendantLighting8 PendantLighting9In terms of selecting pendants for over the island or a kitchen table, these are our absolute favorites:

Kitchen Light Pendants

clockwise from top left { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}

What are your thoughts on kitchen lighting?

  • Colleen

    Love all your picks! Question: what is the ideal height to hang pendants over an island? My husband and I are tall (both over 6 ft) and hitting our heads on them can be a problem :). Maybe one in the middle would be better for our height situation? Would love your thoughts.

  • Angel Cutts

    Picture perfect: you have done a good work on pictures and really satisfied the way you assembled them…. I also visited a site for home decoration this may also good site for you

  • Reema Raj

    All pics are very attractive..You can buy lightings from Fos Lighting. Lighting plays a major role in home decoration.Pendant lighting,dimmers gives the alluring look to the house.You can visit at