Kitchen island lighting

Posted on Tue, 1 Apr 2008 by KiM

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 Bedre House and Garden

Ghislaine Viñas Metropolitan Home

Fox Nahem Design Civility Design

Nicole Sassaman Woodson and Rummerfield

Ghislaine Viñas Jamo Associates

William McIntosh Diana Viñoly

Décormag Homes & Gardens

Michael Smith New York Magazine

love that kelly green kitchen! great post!

Anonymous says:

You guys rock!!! Thanks,

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

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)

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

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