Remodeling Advice on Kitchen Pendants for Lighting an Island
With the growing trends of kitchen islands and open concept floor plans, pendant lighting has become a popular choice for homeowners when renovating their kitchens. As the kitchen’s role has changed from a place to prepare meals, into an interior focal point and gathering spot, kitchen pendants can help to define your space, provide comfortable lighting and offer a dramatic visual impact that can establish your home’s decor.
A kitchen lighting plan consists of several different types of lighting, each with its own purpose. Task lighting is placed in work areas to provide adequate illumination. Decorative lighting includes the chandelier over the eat-in-kitchen table, ambient lighting, for example, under cabinet lighting and accent lighting to highlight elements of the room are all included in a complete lighting plan.
In the kitchen pendants are multi-functional. They can work as task lighting. They can also provide ambient lighting and set a mood when controlled by a dimmer switch. Today, you have a wide variety of attractive designer kitchen pendants that can also function as decorative lighting and help to define your space when used in an open concept home.
Here’s how to choose the perfect kitchen pendants for your kitchen renovation.
Three Tips For Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Pendants
With the wide variety of choices available today, you need to define your needs regarding both form and function. Before you begin shopping:
- Assess your current decor – Begin by visualizing your space and create a picture of what you’d like to achieve. Modern pendants in a traditional kitchen won’t always work. Look for lights that fit your style, home’s dÃ©cor and the statement you’re looking to make. Dark colors are easier to clean than lighter ones and remember the size should be proportionate to the room and number of pendants you use.
- Determine how many lights you’ll need – For space over 4 feet use multiple pendants. 60-75 watts are recommended for every 20 inches of counter space. When hanging lights stick to the “rule of three.”. An odd number of fixtures provides a sense of balance and visual appeal. Of course, if three lights are too few and five is too many, even numbers are ok for practical reasons.
- How high should you hang them? – The light should be close enough to adequately light the space while providing an unobstructed view both when sitting and standing. As a general rule, this means anywhere from 28 to 38 inches above the table or island. If they are going to hand freely, they should be at least 72 inches from the floor.
Picking Your Fixtures
First, you need to define your needs. Do you need to light a work area or are you looking to set a mood? You can combine functions by placing your lights on a dimmer switch. They can function as task lighting when needed, and adjusted to provide mood lighting when desired.
You have several choices when it comes to both function and design. Low voltage pendants use a smaller bulb and can save on space. They also offer the benefit of being considerably less expensive than full-sized kitchen pendants. If you are seeking task lighting, the low voltage might not be for you. Low voltage pendants are more atmospheric or decorative.
You also have choices in lighting shades. Translucent shades filter light. This means that along with casting light downwards (or upwards) they also “glow.” If you are seeking more directed light, solid shades focus the light better.
LED lighting is a growing trend and may be an excellent choice for homeowners who are looking to add a pop of color to their lighting. LED lighting provides more vivid color, more color options, are extremely energy efficient and stay cool to the touch.
There are three basic types of pendant lighting that offer a significant amount of design flexibility. Downward facing shades can direct light to an area and are excellent as task lighting. Inverted pendants focus the light upwards and can make a beautiful design statement as ambient lighting. And finally, mini-pendants which are a smaller version are more ornamental.
Pendants lights are a perfect addition to any kitchen lighting plan. If you define your needs and consider your space and dÃ©cor, with a little research, you can pick the perfect kitchen pendants for your remodeling project! If you’re not sure what to choose, speak with your kitchen designer or design-build firm. They can help direct you to the perfect choice for your new dream kitchen!
If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a kitchen renovation, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.