People are always asking me the rule of thumb when it comes to kitchen island pendants. While there are a variety of options out there for your pendants a lot of it comes down to the style of your kitchen. One thing I will say is that it is a great place to make a statement with lighting in a room that is fairly utilitarian. These lanterns that I used in my Garden District Renovation were a great addition to this space.
Here is a list of my top 8 picks for kitchen islands right now. Darlana is shown above.
1. Darlana Medium Lantern in Polished Nickel, $630
2. Grosvenor Single Pendant in Polished Nickel, $777
3. Hendricks Small Globe Pendant in Natural Brass with White Glass, $1100
4. Morris Small Lantern in Gilded Iron Finish with Clear Glass, $496
5. Boston Pendant in Polished Nickel with White Glass Slant Shade, $336
6. Small Hicks Pendant in Bronze & Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with White Glass, $525
7. Goodman Small Hanging Light in Bronze and Antique Brass with Antique White Shade, $735
8. Katie Large Fitter Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass with Clear Large Conical Glass, $294
Now, how to use them.
Rule Number 1: “The Rule of Three”
This is a simple one which basically states that things look the most balanced and proportioned in groups of three. This is probably your most common rule when it comes to a standard size kitchen island. This rule is quickly over-ruled when scale or size becomes an issue. You would not want to hang 3 18″ diameter pendants over an island that is only 48-60″ wide. When this comes into play, you move onto the next rule.
Rule Number 2: “18-24-18″
In this rule you place your pendants 18″ in from the edge of the island, and then evenly space your pendants 24″ on center. Obviously you may have to make an adjustment an inch or two either way, but this is a good rule of thumb when trying to lay out long islands and over sized pendants.
Rule Number 3: There is always an exception
Some people get creative with their islands. I’ve seen people hang large antique chandeliers or contemporary linear fixtures. Again, it all depends on the size and style of your kitchen. Whether you think outside the box or you follow the rules, the important thing is that it reflects you and your style.