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Kitchen island lighting

Jo posted some bathroom inspiration earlier today and now it's time for kitchens. Heather wrote us recently looking for help with kitchen lighting:
"Kitchens are king. They are the both the heart of the house and give it soul. I am renovating a 110 year old townhouse in New York City and my future kitchen will have a center island, as most American kitchens have these days. I am stuck for lighting over the island. I have seen a million beautiful fixtures, antiques, industrial, and modern styled in addition to recessed (yuck); usually there are two or three pieces over the island lighting the area for eating or preparing food. I believe antique lighting over an island is current decor but I am interested in what is next so that my kitchen looks different but classic. Perhaps there is a throw back idea I have not seen. What are the other options for lighting this area? What do other countries do for lighting in the kitchen? Maybe something like lamp lighting. I don't know, I just wonder what options are out there." I personally LOVE vintage pendants over an island but there are many options. I'm not sure how feasible a lamp is, because they don't direct light right onto the work surface like most pendants do. Chandeliers seem to be gaining in popularity, for some extra sparkle and glamour. Here are some photos to inspire Heather and anyone else looking for kitchen island lighting.

Bo BedreHouse and Garden
Ghislaine ViñasMetropolitan Home
Fox Nahem DesignCivility Design
Nicole SassamanWoodson and Rummerfield
Ghislaine ViñasJamo Associates
William McIntoshDiana Viñoly
DécormagHomes & Gardens
Michael SmithNew York Magazine

Reader Comments (5)

love that kelly green kitchen! great post!

1 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPink Wallpaper

You guys rock!!! Thanks,

1 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

i love the great big chandelier that Woodson and Rummerfield did! I also love the quirky ones in the kelly green kitchen!

1 Apr 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSimplyGrove

that's my kitchen by woodson & rummerfield! i love it! (i admit i'm sitting at the round kitchen table right now, eating chips & salsa & typing this on my laptop)

2 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuzannemarques

Lucky you Suzanne! I've checked your place out on your blog and it's gorgeous.

3 Apr 2008 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

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