I’ve been looking around my house lately trying to take an inventory of the lights I currently own and where they could go in the renovated version of our house. I have a pretty good idea as far as bedroom lights go and even where I’ll put our current kitchen light, but I’m kinda stumped as to the island/eat-in kitchen combo.
(no I don’t own ALL those lights…though I do own an embarrassing number of them. #hoarder)
It got me think – what exactly makes for a winning island/breakfast nook combination? For me, it’s all about choosing lights that coordinate and relate but don’t match. The element that drives whether something coordinates or not varies I think, but there should always be something that ties the two selections together. Secondly I think the two areas should have different silhouettes to keep it really interesting as your eye moves around the room. Let’s look at some great and not so great combos.
I love that the shapes here are totally different but the gold touches are present in both spaces. The cone shade is certainly a more modern take on an island light option and that aesthetic is also present in the eat in area with a more modern light.
For me, this isn’t nearly as interesting. Same fabulous island lights but such a missed opportunity in the eat in area. Another shade…*yawn*.
It doesn’t always have to be the metal finish that makes the link. In this example, the white in the opaque glass shades of the hanging pendants is repeated in the glass of the chandelier over the table. Again the 2 very different silhouettes keep it interesting and I love how the simpler shape of the pendants sort of signifies the island is where work happens while the fancy shape of the chandelier signals that something a little more formal happens in that area.
Same idea – simple pendants + show stopping chandelier. I always tell clients, not everything can be the headlining act and this is a great example of that. The chandelier is amazing and is allowed to take center stage in this room because the pendants don’t compete with it. The shiny brass finish keeps it all tied together.
Sometimes it can be a color that drives the coordination. Again, 2 very different silhouettes – one utilitarian, one not.
This is so not my style but I can appreciate how these selections relate to one another. The curlicue pieces at the top of the island lanterns relate nicely to the arms on the more traditional chandelier.
I love Young House Love as much as the next die hard DIYer but I have to admit, I’m not feeling this combo. Individually I like both lights very much but they just aren’t singing together to me. It’s not the mixed metals because that I can get behind but I feel like one of the island pendants would have been better over the table and then something simpler over the island? I don’t know…am I crazy?
Here are some winning combination that I love in a variety of styles.
Do you guys have a favorite combination?
I have an XL Hicks pendant in our playroom that I’d love to move over the island but I’m stumped for what to put over the eat in area.