We’ve interviewed a few architects lately and are about 90% sure we’ve found the one we want to go with for our big renovation and addition. The whole timeline is still uncertain but we could start architectural plans as early as this fall and construction next spring. EEEEEEK!! It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Lately I’ve been looking around our house wondering where certain lights will end up after it’s all complete. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to keep our formal dining room (preferred) or if it will meld into a less formal space that is open to the kitchen but I do know that I am still totally in love with our dining room light (Pottery Barn, now discontinued but similar in look to this Regina Andrew light). Somehow the only photo I’ve ever posted of it was this one from Reed’s first birthday.
It is such a statement light and while I love it, I think it could look so much more impressive in a room where it wasn’t surrounded by wood trim a wood table, wood chairs, etc, etc. Which got me thinking….what about 1 awesome light over a kitchen island? Clearly 2 or even 3 pendants is more common and I still really love that look but with the right light, couldn’t one be amazing?
I think you will see a theme here – my preferred statement chandelier silhouette is the empire style. In every color or texture, I just find it so elegant and classic.
For a more traditional kitchen, an oversized crystal chandelier could do the trick.
And if the island isn’t huge, one large pendant can be a showstopper all on it’s own. This is the oversized cone paper pendant from Shades of Light. I love that gold lining, especially since you’re frequently looking at the underside of an island pendant.
I consider this list less of a “wow” but totally works in this kitchen, particularly in proportion to the island size.
I think in the end it has more to do with the right ratio of light wow-ability to island size vs. illumination power. Maybe you’ll disagree but personally I don’t feel like island lights are all that necessary functionally speaking in today’s kitchens. Most new/renovated kitchens are packed full of recessed lights all around the island anyway. I look at the island lights as more accent lights and an opportunity to really add some personality to the kitchen.
So could you do a single light over a kitchen island? I have a feeling if I go this route, I’ll be having the electrician wire in recessed lights over the island where a set of pendants might go should I want to change things up down the road. Because let’s be honest….that’s happening.