A kitchen island is a common design element of many modern homes, and families often use their islands for many purposes. They can be dining areas, homework spots, and a space where old friends can catch up. One of the most important aspects of the island area is, of course, the lighting, and many homeowners opt for pendant fixtures. Recessed fixtures can suffice, but the design and functional elements of pendant lighting can add to the room’s aesthetic. At The House of Lights & Home Decor in Melbourne, we have a fantastic selection of fixtures for your kitchen island!

What Size and Style Should I Choose?

The size and style of the pendants you choose will rely on a few factors. The first is the size of the island, and most kitchen islands are approximately three feet by seven feet, and you won’t want your lights to hang outside of those dimensions. If you have a smaller kitchen, and therefore a smaller island, you may want to opt for fixtures that are slimmer and smaller so they don’t overpower the space. If you have an expansive kitchen, you can choose larger pendants, but you’ll want to make sure they’re not so big that they clash with the other decor in the room.

The style of the pendant comes mostly from the shade or globe, and there are a number of options to choose from in this category. You can have round, translucent globes or square, opaque shades, but the most important aspect is that they direct light towards the top of the island. Pendants usually mix the functions of accent and task lighting, and the style you choose can go a long way in how your kitchen looks and feels.

How Many Pendants Should I Have?

The standard dimensions of an island (3’x7’) usually call for an odd number of pendants. Three is a common choice among homeowners, but if the pendants are larger, a pair can suffice. If you choose smaller, slimmer fixtures, five can be a good choice, but again, you’ll want to make sure they fit within the perimeter of the island. There are of course design aspects associated with odd and even numbers, and if you’re working with an interior decorator, he or she may be able to recommend the best option.

How High Should I Hang My Pendants?

The answer to this question can depend on the height of your ceilings, but you can get down rods in any size for your pendant fixtures. You’ll want to be sure that the lights are high enough so that if people are standing around the island, they can still see each other, and that there’s no risk of anyone bumping their head on a light as they move around the space. The usual recommendation is to hang your lights between 28 and 34 inches from the top of the island – this should give you enough clearance and line of sight for everyone.

If you’re looking for new pendant lighting for your kitchen island, visit our showroom today.

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