The island is one of the most popular features in kitchen design today. And what’s not to love? Islands serve an almost limitless number of functions: from an extra prep space, to a spot to house appliances, or even as a main seating area for casual meals. Regardless, if you design a kitchen with an island, it will surely be the focal point of the room. In order to make it function that way, good kitchen island lighting is key.
Our favorite choice for lighting a kitchen island is with a row of pendants or mini pendants. Pendant-style lighting provides both functional task lighting and an opportunity to add a personal style stamp to a kitchen design. Here are a few of our top picks for pendants to hang above the kitchen island. Regardless of which style is your favorite, you’ll need least a set of two in order to provide ample lighting and balance, but up to four or five may be necessary depending on the length of your island.
A simple glass pendant with retro undertones, we love this fixture in a transitional or industrial kitchen.
This brass pendant would look stunning against warm gray cabinetry and white quartz countertops.
There aren’t a ton of places to have fun with kitchen design, but lighting is one of them: as this geometric fixture proves.
This industrial pendant adds cool factor to any space.
Want to add some glam to your kitchen? This crystal-laden light is the perfect addition.
A tailored shades makes this light a natural fit with a classic or preppy space.