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Which Pendants for My Kitchen Island (or Not)?

By 05/21/2023November 11th, 2023350 Comments

Please help me decide! Should I add new pendant lighting above my kitchen island, or not? I’m testing out 5 options and would love to know what you think.

First, let’s take a little tour of the kitchen updates I’ve made so far in my new house.

These are the pendants that came with the kitchen. I took them down immediately.

Kitchen updates so far

Miraculously the only thing that needed updated in this kitchen were the floors (below) which we refinished.

And, we added some paint. We had the island painted the same colour as the rest of the kitchen (which is a custom green beige neutral), and the walls were painted the same as the trim colour. 

Eventually the violet grey countertops on the perimeter need to be replaced. But, since the island countertops are white, this is not an emergency.

Since this kitchen is so open, the only place to hide kitchen clutter is the pantry, however we always have a lot of fruit in bowls so I think the best way to style it is to always have an arrangement on the island.

However, what bothered me about my last kitchen, was that I couldn’t have elaborate tall branches of any kind because the pendants were always in the way.

Brass Pendant

So in our new kitchen, I’m actually considering not replacing the pendants at all. I certainly have enough existing recessed lighting (aka. cheese lights) so additional lighting while cooking isn’t really an issue.

Here is the look at my kitchen island with a tall arrangement and no pendant lighting.

But, I want to explore the idea of pendant lighting so here are some lights I have considered:

Keep in mind the scale is not going to be perfect in these photos here since I added them onto the slide.

Pendant Lighting Option 1:


Pendant Lighting Option 2:


Pendant Lighting Option 3:

Hudson Lighting

Pendant Lighting Option 4:


Pendant Lighting Option 5:

Alice Lane Interiors

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And here is a look at my kitchen again without any pendants and some tall pussywillows this time:

Update: this is the chandelier I chose

Chandelier linked here

Making decisions for your OWN home is not easy

It’s so much harder to make decorating decisions for your own home. Don’t you agree – I mean, that’s why some of you choose to hire me for eDesign.

I’m sure the designers, decorators as well as homeowners can attest to this. Right?! Please share your experience in the comments below.

And please help me decide by entering your vote as well in the comments! 

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  • Carissa says:

    Honestly, I like it with no pendants, I like the unobstructed view into the kitchen

    • Jeanne says:

      I agree. I just bucked the pendant trend in my kitchen when I had to replace the ceiling because of water damage and a bathroom remodel. I was so weary of decisions after the bathroom remodel, I just left no pendants which was how it was. I updated ceiling lighting for more light and I love the look. I think it’s modern and didn’t want to obstruct the view to my yard. Also thought my husband might feel there was not enough counter light. Sometimes I wonder if I should have tried to figure out pendants since everyone else does, but I think it enlarges the room without them.

    • Jessica says:

      I agree. I prefer no pendants as the eye can wander around the beautiful kitchen. Most of the pendants seem to dominate the room which says a lot because it’s a huge room ! I would use some pretty candles on the island for extra “lighting” and the warm intimacy they bring.

    • Jessica Sullivan says:

      I agree. I prefer no pendants as the eye can wander around the beautiful kitchen. Most of the pendants seem to dominate the room which says a lot because it’s a huge room ! I would use some pretty candles on the island for extra “lighting” and the warm intimacy they bring.

    • Amber says:

      Wow — so many no pendant votes. I think that’s because we tend to like more while space in photographs, but in real life, lights will help define the space as separate from the other rooms. Also pendants give off much more flattering light than cans, which can cast shadows.

      I like brass in the space to tie in with the yellows in the adjacent rooms, so #1 is my first choice. Some of the others seem too large. I know oversized pendants have been a trend for a while, but I think that’s going out.

      • SAnn says:

        Ditto on the brass. Adds “pizzaz” Nice with the chair prints.

      • Beth says:

        I agree. I was thinking that the picture of the kitchen as it currently stands was perfect without the pendants, until I saw number one and number two and thought, so pretty! I suppose Maria could live in her house a while longer, and then see if her heart is telling her that the kitchen could use a little something something.

    • Janet says:

      I agree, no pendant

    • Janice says:

      Agreed! No pendants. The back wall of the kitchen is beautiful with the marble tile and the hood. Don’t block that view.

    • Shelby says:

      Agree. No pendants looks best. I feel like adding the lights blocks off seeing into the kitchen.

    • Chris says:

      I vote for option #5 because: the shape mimics the back of your stools, minimal visual weight, doesn’t detract from the drama of the stool back, Carrie’s the eye up better than a tall arrangement on one side, more beautiful than the lovely range hood, practical so you bring light to beautiful counter top and fruit displays.

      • Pam Kingston says:

        I too, vote for #5!

      • Kim says:

        I think pendant #5 because:

        It works with the style of the hood and doesn’t scream, ‘Look at me!!!’ like the more modern, brass piece do. It allows my eye to rest on the focal point of the chairs, which is really the interest of your kitchen vignette.

        I also feel it harmonizes with the the feel’ of the rest of your space—very traditional but with that touch of quirk. Let the quirk of this leopard chairs shine.

        Plus, just cheese lights makes for shadowy lighting!

      • Dionne says:

        #5 for me as well. It hits the sweet spot of adding something special without overpowering.

      • Becky says:

        Me too: #5. It looks like the pendants just aren’t installed yet if you leave them out. It’s a big space with nothing in it if you leave them out. Fewer lighting options. And I just like the classic shape of the lanterns. What about only doing 2 though? Unless they’re smaller, three gets kind of heavy.

    • Susan says:

      I agree with Carissa. Pretty view into the kitchen, and none needed.

    • Debra Forsyth says:

      I am going to suggest another option as I think you may want pendants but want option for large floral arrangements. Instead of 3 pendants of open lantern in option 5 what about 1 horizontal open lantern that would leave space on either side for large floral arrangement.
      I personally like clear glass pendants made from blown glassmakers like Simon Pearce as they are artwork in themselves and I am inherently lazy and wouldn’t change large botanical as needed.

  • Glenetta says:

    I like the 5th option. They are open but add mood lighting.

  • KNJ says:

    Hello Maria, Per your request and commentary about it being more difficult to design/decorate one’s own home, I thought I’d study the choices and provide my two cents. Options 1 and 2 appear to be the best choices…personally I would lean towards #2 but….I’m wondering if some sort of single hanging ‘billard’ style light fixture with two lights (one left and one right of the center support) would also be an option. It could be either from an existing vendor or easily made from any of the options shown…just using two of the fixtures and then crafted onto a center support and T bar. The 3 fixtures detract from the symmetry and clean lines of the Open kitchen. Options 3, 4 & 5 are all a bit too large/heavy for the airy space…even Option 1 is a bit heavy but I think the open space could handle them and they would give good down light and appear clean lined and wouldn’t become the focal point when looking at the kitchen. Also, I may have preferred a polished nickel and/or clear 24% lead crystal (clear glass, not green) fixture would have been an interesting choice. I would love to have a view from the kitchen towards the stairs ….which has wrought iron. The more elegant, feminine fixtures will go extremely well with the living room and adjacent eating area. So far, everything is looking fabulous (except as you already know, not a fan of the stair runner)…but that is why picking things for one’s own home is so difficult…it’s so personal. Enjoy the journey! Best, KNJ

    • wtreacy11 says:

      They’re all lovely pendants but my vote goes to #2, for several reasons:
      The warmth of the brass is repeating the warm colours in your artwork. Warms up the space.
      The shallowness of the fixture will allow for tall spectacular arrangements.
      They’re simple – won’t be overly distracting from your arrangements.
      White glass globes = warmer diffused lighting. You already have enough strong lighting with the pots.
      They speak to your ‘glam’ style. Their weight is in balance and relates to the narrowness of the chairs.
      I’m not a fan, at all, of the no pendant look. Pendants are the room’s jewelry adding such ambiance when dimmed in the evening.
      Have fun! House is fabulous!

      • Jill Bennett says:

        I agree with this, so won’t bother repeating (#2 is best and allows tall arrangement on surface). I would add that not using pendants may make the counter less useable because it is not well-lit. Also, without pendants you may cast your own shadow from recessed lights while you try to work at the counter, making the lighting even worse.

        • Erin OLeary says:

          I’m another vote for #2

        • Annie says:

          Good points. I’d like to see what 2 pendants would look like over that island. That would give better lighting, but also leave space for tall arrangements. (And I think might be less distracting.) 3 pendants seem to visually overwhelm the view of the lovely kitchen.

          • Peggy says:

            That is what I have been thinking..Two pendants is sufficient! IF pendants are needed, I like the sleek look and color pop of option 2.. and agree that 3 pendants seems too overpowering going from end to end (which may be that scale is off due to cropping it in.) It is indeed lovely!

      • Pam says:

        I agree #2 if you need pendants. However, my preference is none at all.

      • Tamara says:

        Agreed. First choice would be no pendants, second choice is #2 for the reasons described here.

    • Beth L says:

      Great comment. I’m torn between the nice light of pendants with the visual clutter they give.

  • KimberlyAnne says:

    I feel adding pendants would be distracting from the lovely view into the kitchen. The tall branches add such drama.

  • faellie says:

    I like your description of your violet grey countertops as “not an emergency”. I’m now looking around my house to see if I have any “colour emergencies”.

    You’ve mentioned that you don’t need pendants for cooking: do you need them for anything else? Do people sitting at the island need them? Or are they mood lighting for parties? If both of those are a no then I would say don’t have them at all. Plus, there looks to be plenty of room on that island for a table lamp!

  • Lisa says:

    I would add pendants, but I’m not a fan of any of the options.

  • Ellie says:

    I don’t like any of the pendant choices, but to be perfectly honest I like the kitchen without any pendants at all. It’s such a beautiful kitchen and with plenty of visual interest that pendants are both totally unnecessary as decor and actually detract from how pretty the kitchen is.

  • Valerie Cummings says:

    I agree decorating ones own home is harder.
    My vote is for no pendants..there’s already lots for ones eyes to enjoy.

  • Annie says:

    I think the kitchen looks much better without the pendants. The tall stems of greenery bring the outside in. For ambiance, you could always add a table lamp – rechargeable if you don’t have any conveniently placed sockets.

  • Cate says:

    Of the choices, if there’s a reason for pendants, I’d go with #2, because of their delicate appearance, like sweet jewelry for the room, which is looking beautiful!

  • Hey Maria! If it were me, I’d opt for no pendants. 👌😍

  • Ruey says:

    Hi Maria-
    I love the openness of no pendants .
    No distractions from your beautiful focal wall.
    And while I like the openness of the cage pendants, I’m not a fan of naked bulbs overhead, too glaring to the eyes.
    If you’re looking for a more intimate setting at your island, perhaps a lamp or two of some sort? You love your lamps!
    Not quite sure what you’re looking for, though.
    The kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL!

  • Rebecca Mccune says:

    Number 2!

  • Marlene says:

    I like the look without the pendants. They are more of a distraction than an asset.

  • Jennifer Nelson says:

    I think it looks best w no pendants. The pendants are visually heavy, imo. The openness it provides without is best.

  • susie says:

    #5 hands down! Perfect for the space. I’m not quite convinced on “no lights”.

  • Susan says:

    I vote for #2 or no pendants (but I really like the delicate touch of gold in #2).

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Maria — I like it better without pendants. But these are daytime scenes so do you need “mood” lighting there at night (or will your lamps suffice?) If you do decide to go for pendants, then #1 or #2 are best of those above since they sit closer to the ceiling and still give you options for tall floral / greenery displays.

  • Kim says:

    I agree with KNJ and just have two , similar to option 2, wider and also not in brass but clear glass and the polished as she suggested. That way you have the lighting but also have room to have the height of whatever flowers you choose. I think you should have something verses no pendants. Good luck.

  • C. Trentacosta says:

    Love the pendants in option #, they just finish the space and don’t obstruct the space. I also like the forsythia arrangement. The pussywillow arrangement is a bit too high in any scenario. Looking great!

  • Amber says:

    I am leaning towards no pendants — and it’s making me consider not having any in my new build as well (electrical walkthrough is Wednesday so I need to figure it out). I think the first two look the best from the options, but I don’t think they add anything overall.

  • Mary Schauer says:

    Number 2, they are delicate and functional.

  • Jill Baum says:

    I vote no to no pendants. Those branches don’t add nearly the drama and elegance that the pendants do. I lean towards #5 but think you can do better.

  • Robin says:

    I don’t think any of the pendants add to the look of the beautiful kitchen. I vote for no pendants.

  • Cate says:

    I prefer the # 2 option….they would add a bit of warmth without obstructing the view. It’s a gorgeous kitchen! My second choice would be no pendants at all or perhaps use some cordless lamps ….which can be put away when not needed.

  • Kylie says:

    I prefer either no pendants or number 5… but if you do pendants I would only do two of them rather than the three. It feels cluttered with three of them in my opinion. And with only two of them you get to see the lovely rangehood without it being obstructed by lights.

    • Christine says:

      This was going to be my vote as well!!

      Qty 2 of #5 😊

    • Robin Mansfield says:

      I agree with Kylie. No pendants is my first choice, then choice 2 is just 2 pendants with the middle pendant being the view of the range hood.
      If you go with no pendants, do you Sheetrock over the ceiling openings ?

      BTW, the home is stunning with each well calculated decision that you make. But the entire project has made you understand why your edesign packages are so necessary for your followers to purchase. We want to get it right the first time, and be happy with the timeless look, while we enjoy the current home for the length of time we are in it. Whether that is forever or short term(sometimes job change moves, family issues, financial, etc). But in the end, the timeless approach makes the home easier to put on the market with its timeless choices.

    • Robin Mansfield says:

      I agree with Kylie. No pendants is my first choice, then choice two is just 2 pendants with the middle pendant being the view of the range hood.
      If you go with no pendants, do you Sheetrock over the ceiling openings ?

      BTW, the home is stunning with each well calculated decision that you make. But the entire project has made you understand why your edesign packages are so necessary for your followers to purchase. We want to get it right the first time, and be happy with the timeless look, while we enjoy the current home for the length of time we are in it. Whether that is forever or short term(sometimes job change moves, family issues, financial, etc). But in the end, the timeless approach makes the home easier to put on the market with its timeless choices.

  • Renee says:

    Hi Maria,

    What a transformation! I love options #1 and #4. These will give a nice warm glow in the evening (versus bare bulbs) and work beautifully with your finishes. Skipping it altogether is a fine as well but this large space can take the additional layer. Also, to help decide which/if any, it would help to have a view from the other side of the island looking out into your other spaces and see them in that context. I cannot remember what fixture you have if any in the adjacent sunroom. Coordinating with anything there is a factor as well. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to see what you do.

  • Holly says:

    3 is too many! A single, simple, island chandelier or 2 glass pendants either in brushed gold or polished nickel. No pendants would be my pick over the 3 that are shown. Good luck! Love your new house!

    • Amy says:

      I second this!

    • Renee says:

      I recall kitchen designers have a specific formula for the spacing and size of pendants over an island and for that reason, it’s not likely you can just say 2 versus 3 without those guidelines in mind. It truly depends on the size (length) of the island and the circumference of the fixtures. I wonder if that proportion guideline would have resulted in smaller fixtures over Maria’s old kitchen. From the pictures they seem a bit oversized for the island and maybe even too close to each other because of that large diameter. Anyway, two larger lights has been a trend but this island looks really long.

  • Bonita O'Neill says:

    I like it without the pendants lights. The lights seem to take over the overall beauty of the design saying, “Notice me, notice me.”

  • Barbara says:

    What do you want to be the focal point—the open kitchen with the beautiful backsplash or the pendants? So many pretty things to see. And you state that you don’t need the fixtures to add lighting. So, why do you want them?

    IMHO, I love it without the pendants. The last three are too bulky and detract from the kitchen. My eyes stop seeing the overall kitchen and land on the pendants. If I have to choose one, option two would be my choice. The brass looks so pretty with the backs of the bar stools and these pendants don’t overpower the space. A final consideration is whether the light fixtures can be kept free of dust. Even if you don’t cook with grease, a kitchen can still get dusty. If I see dust on pendants, it makes me feel that the whole kitchen is dirty.

  • Janet R says:

    Not option #3 for sure! Probably none.

  • Pam says:

    I like 2. The other pendants draw too much attention to themsves. Or 5,without the pussywillows. But actually, the original ones are quite nice also.

  • Alix says:

    I agree with many others–either no pendants, so that the focus on the far wall and hood is maintained, or #2. #2 is a bit of bling but less overpowering and distracting than the others.

  • Lee says:

    You might not need the pendants for cooking, but it’s hard to set the mood at night with just recessed lighting. I know in my house, that’s where everyone always ends up!

    I think the scale of all of the above choices is too large and/or heavy, although if I had to choose only one, it would be #5. I would keep looking.

  • Gertrude Brunot says:

    I vote no pendants. They aren’t necessary and detract. I love the tall styling option.

  • Charlene says:

    Yes add the pendants. You can do the dramatic sticks elsewhere! Option #5, hands down. It will always look like something is missing.

  • Laura says:

    I like it without the pendants. After all, the exhaust hood is the focal point of that wall. I would spend my $$ on a panel-ready refrigerator instead. It would provide a much cleaner look.

  • Noni says:

    I vote for #3 as the shape coordinates with your hood fan, but I would find them with gold hardware. I am also a fan of having only 2 pendants, as it mimics the 2 windows behind them. No lights is nice, but the pendants help define the space. Wonderful updates all around so far! 🙂

  • Lynn says:

    Personally, Ilike the kitchen without the pendant lights, but If I had to choose from those five, it would be #2 or#5. They are the least distracting. Everything looks very serene and inviting and I love the animal print chair backs. Sweet pop of fun!

  • Kim H says:

    I’m leaning to no pendant lights. They all loom, look too big, to me, though that may be because your kitchen is almost done and only the lights are rendered in, which makes them stick out. It’s easier to see how elements relate when it’s all rendered or all a photo. If forced to choose though I’d say four or five.

  • Kim says:

    I am surprised at so many votes for no pendants. I think lights are beautiful. I would go with #1.

    • Holly says:

      I agree! Option #1 adds beautiful “jewelry “ to the space, too.

      • ASR says:

        Totally agree with Holly! Cabinet hardware and pendants are your “jewelry” for a pretty space. I’m suggesting 2, seeded glass pendants like Visual Comfort’s Reese pendant. It’s trimmed in an antiqued brass so not too shiny, and clear enough to be nearly transparent but would give the additional soft light and beauty to fill the open space. IMO. 🙂

  • Brandi Jackson says:

    No pendants! There’s enough visual interest with the windows and vent hood.

    I would only do 2 pendants if you really want them. Not as busy. There’s a lot going on already on that back wall. It’s a beautiful kitchen.

  • Janine says:

    I would opt for the look of #5, using only 2 pendants. This leaves the view of the hood open, while allowing for a tall floral arrangement in the center of the island. I would select a chrome/crystal finish on the pendants, the gold is too distracting and doesn’t relate to the kitchen hardware.

  • Nan Lemon says:

    Just finished your 2 day class and I am already putting what I learned into action.your description of the violet grey countertop as being not an emergency, is something I can relate to. thank you for the two days I spent with you in class. I like the island without any pendants,however, I like pendants for mood lighting in the evening when company has gathered in to the other side of the home. option 1, looks a little heavy ion the photo; however, I like the style with the adjoining rooms. Option 5 is nice, but it is too busy with the three candlelight’s in each lantern. option 4 works for me as the finish relates into the room with the chairs and photos. it is always hard to choose lights, and once they area up there are holes in the ceiling. Nan

  • Dorothy says:

    Sounds like extra lighting isn’t needed, so I’m in the no pendant camp. I think they are a huge distraction from the lovely view of the kitchen and mill work. Having said that, if mood lighting is needed when the recessed lighting is off, my vote would be for option 2 as less distracting.

  • Lena says:

    I love your kitchen without the lights, I agree with others that your kitchen is so beautiful it as is.

  • Sonya parsons says:

    Personally I find the 3 pendants too busy. I like the clean look of the No pendant picture. It dosent distract front your beautiful kitchen.
    Or……. if this was my kitchen I would consider one beautiful crystal chandelier, cantered and in line with the range hood. I think that would be beautiful!

    • Diane says:

      I agree with the busy-ness. 3 is 2 too many! Could there be a single chandelier in the center? Otherwise, no pendants. And they can always be added if you tire of tall, dramatic floral arrangements. 😉

  • Minda says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful and inviting and airy. I’m with the NO pendants crowd. I think they only add visual clutter and detract from the open, calm and inviting feeling created without them.

    Let the kitchen breathe and shine on its own. The tall arrangements are wonderful and so much better to have some natural elements that speak.for themselves rather than pendants that, to me, suck up the oxygen in the space.

  • Nancy Simison says:

    I believe I would add pendants. It finishes the look. I would have some black because of the frames, pot filler and touches of black in appliances. It would also relate back to the wrought iron railing in the home which is quite a feature. Personally I think #3 or 4 which seems contrary to most but I also would choose something a bit smaller if I could. I think some, like 1 and 2 have much too much brass. What does that relate to?

  • Angela says:

    I’m in the no pendant camp. The view into the kitchen without them is gorgeous, and the 3 pendant approach kind of segments in a way that makes what is beautifully calm and balanced suddenly look busy.

  • Mimi Goldberg Shulman says:

    No pendants.
    You get to see the beautiful view out your windows.
    For ambience for special occasions you can set up lamps.

  • Annie says:

    I vote for no pendant lighting, but if you want pendants, then I would choose #2.

  • Sandra says:

    My choice would be #3 but with only two pendants and with gold trim. Agree they mimic hood shape and 3 pendants feel too busy/heavy in such a beautifully trimmed room.

  • Char says:

    Maria, I vote for no pendant lights if you don’t need the extra light they would provide over the island. I didn’t like any of the options you provided. I found them too large. They seemed to be the focus of the kitchen versus the kitchen as a whole. Why not live with none for awhile and install some later if you change your mind?

  • Rhonda Millett says:

    I don’t love any any of them, but I would pick #2 if I had to. I always look at cleaning ease and some of these look like a nightmare to keep clean especially #5. And they will get dirty, so much dust and grease in the kitchen unless you never cook. Secondly look at how you change the bulbs as well what they take for bulbs. Some bulbs are not easy to find and ridiculously expensive.
    I have ones similar to #4, it takes 2 people to change the bulbs and we still could use a fifth hand.

  • Ann Rash says:

    I love the look of a nice group of pendants, but the island chairs are so busy that all your choices look a bit too much combined with the animal print. If the chairs are staying I’d pick a small downlight semi flush mount set from the same series as pendant #1and forget the pendants. With a set of chairs that blend in more to the island I’d pick pendants # 4

  • Brooke says:

    I understand why people are suggesting no pendants but I love the light pendants give off, and wouldn’t want to have cans on all the time. What about the “Reese pendant” from visual comfort in soft brass? In 18” or 22” – not sure size without knowing how wide your island is.

  • Carol H says:

    I love #1 and 5.

    #1 brings some warmth against all the white marble tile and cabinets. I love the look of them.

    I think you need something, over the island to kind of ground the island if that makes sense. #1 is my top pick.

  • Julua says:

    I too would vote for no pendants. I think they distract from the serene look of the room. They look too busy. The room has plenty of interesting texture and things to look at. Sometimes less is more.

  • Anne says:

    Hi Maria! Don’t love the options so I vote no pendants…or pendants that are less brass and more color neutral. Something more unique and beautiful. Since the pendants shown don’t hang very low I would consider semi-flush small chandeliers. I like the Cora Medium semi-flush mount chandelier by Chapman & Myers. I think they’re elegant and compliment both your classic kitchen and pretty stools. Perhaps 2 instead of 3. Comes in large too. Good luck!

  • Janet Aurora says:

    I love the look of the kitchen and believe the pendants take away from the overall look. Since you don’t need the additional lights, there isn’t a functional reason to do them.

  • Alex says:

    Hi Maria!
    I would go for no pendants. But I like #5 the best because it’s more delicate, the gold pulls together the warmth of the leopard chairs and the yellow art in the corner, and I think they go best with your house aesthetic.

    So my thinking is add something other than pendants with some gold/warmth as styling to have that same effect.
    I just completed your course yesterday and it’s definitely influencing my advice! 😀

  • Louisa McConnell says:

    I like the way the kitchen looks without the pendants. It’s a beautiful kitchen and adding pendants might feel too heavy with everything else. I like the way the tall arrangement looks without the pendant in the last photo.

  • Anne Wallman says:

    No pendants. I’m the less is more girl! Your kitchen is lovely.

  • Honestly, I think 3 pendants are too much for the island size. 2 large pendants would suffice. But…with your chairs & styling your kitchen doesn’t need them. 🤗

  • Gwen says:

    I like dimmable pendants over an island. I like the traditional, warm look of #5, but only if you are doing other brass accents in the home.

  • Karen Welch says:

    Yes, doing your own home is THE hardest!!!!!!
    I am seeing one large sparkly chandelier there on a dimmer to be be used just for ambience. With the other lights off and the chandelier on low it would be stunning at night. Turn it up if needed! Then you still have room for tall arrangements, fruit bowls, etc.
    If you decide on pendants, three are too many. I enjoy following you! Good luck!!!

  • Kathy Wuori says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful and pendants feel like an unnecessary distraction, especially since you have ample lighting without them. The large flower arrangements works beautifully. In case you needed another opinion lol.

  • Terri says:

    Not needed at all! I love the look without the pendants!

  • Christine Ommen says:

    Two pendants or no pendants. With 2 you’d have to change the spacing. Two or none leaves the hood unobstructed. Did this in my kitchen (moved from. 3 to 2) and it’s amazing the difference. Having one obstructing the view of the hood was weird, in hindsight.

  • Dianne Mack says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful and the pendants block the view. In my opinion, no pendants.

  • Jennifer says:

    #5… I understand that there is a need for the lighting to balance out the light in the space so adding no fixtures is not an option; however, IMHO… I think what is making many here vote for NO lighting is that three fixtures seems to be too many for the length of your island… And, I the one that is lining up and blocking your hood is why I think it looks “off.” I agree with the reader who suggested one fixture with two lights…that could work (can just cap two holes) but may not be so easy to find one long enough to fill the space. I feel for you Maria, asking for opinions from others, and of course getting so many! OM G, cannot even imagine, lol!! Whatever you pick I’m sure will look beautiful, and regardless of what any of us say, it’s your darn house, do as you please!! Looking forward to seeing the outcome : )

  • Cindy says:

    I, 2, 3, and 4 are too bulky in my opinion. I personally prefer having pendants over an island, and 5 allows to have pendant lighting but not too large and I like that you can see through them. So my choice is 5 – whether 2 or 3.

  • Heather says:

    Your kitchen is lovely!
    I would vote “no” on the pendants. I like the unobstructed view the best.
    If “yes”, I would choose option #5 and use only two pendants. Three looks crowded to me. And, with only two, you might still have room for a statement flower arrangement.

  • Leslye says:

    Designing for oneself is the most difficult! We see all the wrong choices and too many possibilities. Sometimes I believe it is better to not do anything until you find one choice you love! I’m still waiting to love some pendants for my own island. You have lots of input and options…a definite advantage…I think!

  • Peggy says:

    No pendants, but if you must, maybe the last light option. IMO all the others are the first thing you see, not the kitchen. The last ones you look through or beyond. So maybe if they do not add needed light or ambience then you don’t need them. I do like without, I really see the beautiful kitchen that way. But I’m not a designer, I’m a “civilian” Ha!

  • Marjorie says:

    One or none

  • Suzanne says:

    I’m in the no pendants group. The kitchen when you purchased it needed the pendants because it was kind of boring. Pendants in your kitchen are not need. It is beautiful as is. And, I love the tall branches or whatever else you put on the counter

  • PatL says:

    None! Love the expanse of openness! It feels so relaxed!

  • Melinda says:

    If having a light source is truly not an issue, I would lean toward no pendants. However, I do like the option of dimmable pendants for mood lighting in the evening, and would go with option #1 because their clean lines which would not fight with a busy arrangement.

  • Patti says:

    I also prefer choice #2, but does the finish relate to anything in the room? No pendants is also a nice option if you don’t need the lighting while sitting at the island.

  • Mary Ann says:

    I agrée with NO pendants. Each of the other options seemed to distract from the ‘big picture’. And think of all the money you saved!

  • Patricia Russell says:

    I would say no pendants. I like the open visual to your vent hood wall.

    If using pendants over an island I find 3 pendants can look busy and obstruct a pretty site line. I often will only use 2 pendants (properly scaled). Of the pendant options you are showing I like option #1 for the simpler chic profile.

    I think pendants look distracting with the animal print fabric on the back of the counter stools. With or without pendants I would consider changing out the animal print fabric if you plan to use those stools at the island. I know you love animal prints but you have it on your stairs which is a nice pop. In the kitchen the animal print takes away from the focal point of the vent hood wall with the marble tile backsplash (IMO).

    • Susan says:

      No pendants. Live without pendants, you can always add them in the future. Your kitchen is beautiful as is!

  • Karen says:

    Thanks for asking! My favorite photo is the one with the tall yellow (forsythia?) arrangement and no pendants hanging down. I think all of your choices are very style-heavy and steal focus away from your beautiful kitchen. Of them, I like the brass lantern cage style Option 5 the best. if you need lighting, do you think that something like a mini-mini pendant would blend in? I think your kitchen doesn’t need anything, however, at night it will get dark in there.

    Have fun with it. I think the tall pussywillows are a bit too gigantic and end up looking weird like the tallest branches are going to touch the ceiling.
    If you are going to use your island for things like putting out a party buffet,maybe you want some light on that space.

    I’m sure you’ll make a good decision – enjoy!

  • Carol M says:

    Your kitchen is lovely and if you don’t need the additional lighting, I really like the look of no pendants. I’m no designer, so this may be a silly option, but if you do want pendant lighting, could you just put one in the center. That way the sides are free for your large branches.

  • Alisa says:

    Of these, #4 or 5… I like the way 4 ties into the dark colors on your stools and adds a circular shape; and 5 you can see through so they don’t instruct as much. #1 too much brassy which draws your attention, #2 look too small to me. Would consider no lights, or maybe a different style of light.

  • Fran says:

    Option #1. The lights seem closed and don’t interfere with the tall branches of an arrangement. They seem to echo the animal prints. To me, cheese lights are just overhead lights, which need to be ignored and lamps used. The pendants seem more lamp-like.

  • Alisa says:

    Sorry for the proof reading! They don’t DISTRACT from the back wall as much because you can see through. The kitchen is beautiful, so going without is pretty but I feel like the lighting could add.

  • Rose says:

    I thought I would be one of only a few saying no pendants so I’m pleasantly surprised that most are saying that. If you insist on pendants I would try 2. I like the focal point of your stove hood and the pendants distract from that. Good luck I know whatever you do will be lovely

  • Karen M says:

    No pendants gives so much more breathing room. Sometimes when I sit at an island I feel like I need to duck or wear a visor. And for those occasions you may need a extra light on the island surface, they have so many rechargeable lamps now – some that are so cute (and expensive!).

  • Donna says:

    My first vote is no pendants, but if you decide to go with pendants, #2 is my favorite. They are lighter looking, less bulky and allow for the tall arrangements.

  • Tina says:

    Of all the pendants I think No.3 looks the nicest with your lovely kitchen. But maybe it’s best with no pendants, as it also looks very nice with none. I also notice the the green seating seems to just stand out alone and not relating to anything there. Just thought I’d mention this.

    Your kitchen is beautiful, Maria.

  • Annie says:

    Hello Maria,
    The first choice with gold accent looks best to me. The upside down mushroom shape is stylish and subdued. The gold picks up the clock on upper right and looks great with animal print on chair backs. The white globe goes well with marble, backsplash and countertop. These pendant lights are not there to make a statement, they provide soft light and blend well with fixed as well as replaceable elements. Tall branches and large flower arrangements will still make a statement and work well on the counter top without interference from the pendants.

  • Carol says:

    I never would have thought no pendants, but that would be my choice. You can always add them when you decide you’re ready and won’t waste the money of buying them then deciding it’s better without. But personally I like the large arrangement making the statement instead of the pendants. ! Maybe the scale of the photoshop is why everyone thinks the mockups with pendants look to cluttered? I’m going against the group and will say I like #4 and #5 of the pendants the best.

  • Stacy says:

    I definitely WOULD have pendants. That way, you can turn off the other lights and sit at the island with the pendant lights on. It’s like zone lighting. One thing that made me mad about my current house was that the sellers, who were the original owners, did not install pendants, which is far easier to do in the build than to do it later. They went cheap on that option. So having nothing but can lights and undermount lights in the kitchen, I needed more lighting, and I had to have the pendants added later. It’s one thing to think about how pendants look, but you also have to think about function.

    I think pendants are like jewelry for the room. They are a beautiful focus, as light usually is. Your island is huge–you can put tall floral arrangements, if you must have that, on the other side of the island. I would install only two pendants if you want larger pendants like you’ve shown. If you are going with smaller ones, then do three. I leave my pendants light on nearly all the time and turn off the other kitchen lights. I don’t really like any of the ones you’ve shown–I would lean towards a white frosted shade and nickel finish. I would also hang them lower as it seems oddly high where you’ve shown them now. I don’t care if the lights block the view of the range hood as I’ve never thought of a hood being a great focal point anyway.

  • Jans says:

    I disagree with those who chose option two. They are correct the the pendants are delicate, but for the size and bulk of your island, they don’t have enough visual weight and look like a mistake…I much prefer option one. And I’m not a fan of no pendants. Night time lighting is a consideration and since I hate “cheese” lights, especially at night, having pendants is a must for me.

  • Theresa says:

    I really like nos 4 and 5, but how about only 1 over the island, leaving plenty of room for tall stems?

  • Hello lovely Maria, I don’t think you need pendants. I think you’ve got a lot going on with that site line and since you are yourself questioning it, I say, when in doubt, don’t. Your vent hood and marble tile are so lovely and I know those leopard chairs might be temporary, but I love them there. I think there’s so much interest already. Pendants are not necessary if the lighting is sufficient.

    I would continue to update the other areas of your home and see if it bugs you later. You can always add them later. Or is it a now or never thing with the contractor and the holes in the ceiling?

    I know you don’t love battery powered lamps because the batteries don’t last, but I could see a small battery operated lamp from a cool company like modern lantern sitting on your counter, which would give you the ambient light you are seeking without the clutter of a pendant. Just a thought.

    Whatever you decide I’m sure you’ll make it look stunning, but if you do decide on pendants, number one, those Kelly Wearstler‘s would be my fave. Hang them a little higher than normal and put your lovely branches in between the first and the second pendant.

    And yes, I find it. Impossible to make decisions in my home!! I myself have a Pinterest page full of pendants for a kitchen. Refresh we are planning. I also find I just don’t wanna deal with the mess because I know how long it takes and how messy it gets! Plus when you’re in the design business you know
    10 minutes after you install your dream pendant something new will hit the market.

    Good luck! I know you will make a fabulous decision!

  • Oamela says:

    No pendants would be my vote. If you decide to add them, I would choose option #5 as they are less obtrusive and still allow sight lines to the kitchen as well as tall arrangements on the island. With the other options, the eye stops on the pendants so they become the focus and not your beautiful kitchen beyond.

  • Pamela says:

    No pendants would be my vote. If you decide to add them, I would choose option #5 as they are less obtrusive and still allow sight lines to the kitchen as well as tall arrangements on the island. With the other options, the eye stops on the pendants so they become the focus and not your beautiful kitchen beyond.

  • sandi says:

    If I had to choose one of the light options it would be #3 – BUT I do LOVE it without the pendants! I love seeing the range hood and it would feel so open!

  • Jacque says:

    Love it without pendants. There is so much beauty to take in! I am fearful the pendants would distract the eye!

  • Patti Sosdian says:

    I think 2 large lantern style pendants would look great. To me 3 pendants look to busy and by using 2 fixtures you open up the middle for any type of arrangement. In design magazines it is not often where 3 are used.

  • Denise says:

    I like no pendants much better. Give yourself room to decorate! You can always add pendants later if you need them.

  • Karin says:

    I like #1, but I think 3 is too many. I would go with 2.

  • Beth says:

    You are very right about designers having a much harder time deciding what to use in their own house. I guess because it is way more personal and you know that you will have to look at it every day. I like option 5 the best, but I would really like only one long pendant or two smaller ones rather than three which I know that this would require electrical work. Pottery Barn has some pretty ones. What I really am not fond of is the chairs now. I also didn’t like the original ones. I would like a much simplier chair in their place. Otherwise, I like the kitchen and really the whole house.

  • I’d opt for 2 larger pendants instead of 3… it’s a more current look AND it gives you enough space for a taller arrangement on the island. Win win!

  • Janet says:

    I think pendants are necessary to pull the room together and add more intimate light over the island. I’m not a big fan of any of the choices, though.

  • Tami says:

    As I read this, I am hearing that you would like to try going without pendant lighting and why not live with that for a while and see how it works out? There aren’t any rules that I know of that say one needs pendant lighting over an island. For me, and this is just what has worked for me, is some advice I received years ago and this person told me that when you move in to a new place, live with it for a while. Learn where the sun comes up and where it goes down. Learn how one lives in the space before changing things because then you will learn what needs to change and what works really well. So long story short…why not try to live without the pendants for a while and see if it works. Like others have said, without the pendants you have a beautiful unobstructed view of your kitchen, but if after living with it you decide to add pendant lights I would choose #4, only because it instantly added warmth to your kitchen and I felt tied in with your leopard stools very well and the vibe of your house. But, in the end, the choice of pendant lighting is a personal decision that only you can make.

    • Sheree L says:

      I agree with Tami. Live with it without the pendants for awhile. No need to be in a rush. I also like #4, because it feels more traditional to go with your timeless styling. That said, I think #1 and #2 could be lovely. I’m just not fond of #3 or #5. If adding pendant lights, also like the idea of only two lights, but I’m guessing that would be more of a hassle, since there were three there previously. Your space looks fabulous, Maria!

  • Desiree Bannasch says:

    Three pendants obstructs the view and looks too busy. If doing pendants, I like option 2 but only 2 Pendants.
    I actually like tall branches and no pendants best. Is there a plug? A tall, skinny lamp would be nice. Perhaps a battery powered bulb.

  • Beth O says:

    #2 would be my choice for lighting. They somehow provide the drama and add to your love of yellow without hanging too low. “cheese lighting” is an option but you certainly would want to have an arrangement then.

  • Amy says:

    I prefer your kitchen without pendants—less busy with the tile in the background

  • Beth Burns says:

    I’d choose pendants, but the scale and shapes of the options feels a bit off; the pendants are a bit large. The size and shape of the previous homeowner’s pendants fit well to my eyes. They’re more linear and play nice with the kitchen lines. With that basic size and shape you could still have your tall arrangements.

  • Barbara Olson says:

    There are a lot of posts! I like it without the pendants as many have posted. Another option would be to have a lovely single fixture that is over the island that can retract or lower for the occasions. But that might be troublesome. The kitchen looks great on its own. Hubberton Forge comes to mind for a single.

  • Susan Fisher says:

    I do love it without the pendants, but would you be able to live with that? If you plan to utilize the counter for meals, snacks, etc. I don’t think you will be happy with the “cheese” lighting. I know I’m not. I like option 3 if you go for it. Is there any way you could do 2 lights? I know we usually use the rule of 3 but may leave you room for your large vase and floral arrangements. I agree these decisions are so big! It’s tough! Home is progressing so beautifully however. Love it!

  • Jennifer says:

    We’re seeing these photos in the daylight. I would imagine, however, that having pendants over the island would be nice for mood lighting in the evening, especially when people are gathered in your space. Therefore, I would vote for pendants, go with #5 and do two. Everything you do is beautiful, so no doubt any choice will be perfect!

  • Clare says:

    I vote for no pendants, they hide some of the beautiful details of your kitchen.

  • Lauren says:

    I think the problem is that 3 pendants is a bit too clunky, whereas if you could do 2 it would look symmetrical and provide a soft glow in the evenings, like lamps, with a dimmer installed. Otherwise I vote no pendants too.
    Just built a new home and you are so right about making decisions for your own home. It’s so much more stressful and exhausting than people imagine. And for most of us we are working within budget constraints which takes a lot of the fun out of it, especially when you see so many high-end homes on the internet that aren’t realistic for the average person. Grateful for your practical advice that can be applied to any home, Maria.

  • Hi Maria–Yet another opinion, here! Yes! It’s sooo much harder to do your own space. One sees so many possibilities and seemingly endless beautiful things that would work. Now, onto your pendant question: I like options #1 and #4 b/c they add a little gold to the mix. I added gold pendants to my kitchen b/c I wanted the warmth with the stainless appliances and they relate to other gold elements the kitchen is open to. Also, I view mine from the side, so a tall arrangement (in my case) wouldn’t be a factor. // Since this doesn’t seem like a lighting “emergency” (ha!) maybe go with none for awhile and see what you think. Best of luck! It’s a joy to see you adding your personality and knowledge to your personal space.

  • Melissa B says:

    I would try TWO pendants so that the hood vent is center OR no pendants 🙂

  • Andrea Holmes says:

    The lovely detail and structure of your kitchen are obstructed by the pendant lights, so having none is definitely a great option.
    Of the options you presented though, I think only the shape of #3 with clear glass and brass/gold metal or possibly #5 suit the traditional style of the room. And although #5 is clear glass, the internal details are too much.

  • Kara says:

    I like it with none best and my second choice is option 5. I think that style matches your house the best.

  • Cheryl says:

    First of all, your kitchen is beautiful!

    I vote for 2 pendants so they don’t obstruct the view of the range hood. Surprisingly, I liked the lanterns #5. I tried black instead of brass and liked that look too. (Three pendants cover the range hood and ‘spill over’ the sides of the island. I like pendants to be 12″ from the sides.)

  • Hanne says:

    Have you considered one pendant – long and narrow that is affixed in the center?

  • Les says:

    Thank you for letting us in on the fun of choosing lighting! I think your lovely kitchen looks unfinished without the pendants. I would go down to only 2 pendants, whichever your choice. Of your choices, I would go with #4, but also consider Visual Comfort’s Holborn Lantern in Old White or Bayridge in Aged Iron (the mercury glass globe has the gold bits that would tie in nicely to your leopard fabric and yellow artwork) or Lorford Bell Lantern which also has the mercury glass. There are also lots of other options in a white or plaster finish which would be a nice understated touch.

  • Bette says:

    No pendants.

    Further fuel for not adding them — my husband, who is tall, frequently has to duck upon standing up at a kitchen island/seating area.

    For me, it’s the glare factor that rules against pendant lighting. These lights will reflect in the countertop and cause headaches for people like me.

  • Liz says:

    I think the kitchen is lovely with no pendants. You want the space to function for the way that you want to use it and since you want tall branches in arrangements sometimes, I say forget the pendants!

  • Christian P. says:

    Your decor is fabulously glam. I prefer this option if you want something that will make a statement and play nice with the leopard:

  • Laura says:

    #5 hands down…I feel that #2 is too modern for your space. The others seem a bit chunky and I like the openness of the last pendant…the Brass warms up the kitchen.

  • Shannon Nembach says:

    All of the pendants you picked are pretty, but I think some of them are too modern for your traditional home. I like Option #5 the best, but only install 2 pendants. You could still have some tall branches in the middle of the island.

  • Kelley Marcanio says:

    I like no pendant lights the best. It gives an unobstructed view of your beautiful kitchen. If I had to pick a light option I would go with #1 as the gold tone coordinates with the leopard print in the chairs and pulls it all together. Also, have you considered clear glass pendants? I would imagine they would still give the great view? Good Luck –

  • Bev says:

    Yes for sure add pendant lights. They provide good task lighting for your island. For me, good task lighting is a must. As you mature in life this becomes more of a necessity. Make sure they provide light that goes down to the island (not option 5 for sure) and some uplighting to the ceiling is a bonus and gives a beautiful look. I think option 3 may do this and there would be other choices out there along this idea. Without pendants you may get shadowing while doing tasks at the island. Looking forward to seeing your choice.

  • Judy says:

    Option 1 or 5 but only 2 of them. I think 3 pendants over that island is heavy. I think it you showed a 2 pendant layout, it might also change peoples minds on which one they like best. No to branches, it’s just visual noise.

  • Robin says:

    What about black pendant with gold inlay? Scale wise, would go a bit smaller than what is shown in the representation photos.

  • Penny says:

    I vote for without. I think it blends with your floor plan and overall decor better without. Plus it contributes to the popular “unkitchen” look. Adding pendants causes my eye to stop rather than taking in ALL the surrounding beauty. Kind of like looking at just the lipstick rather than the whole face.

  • Larissa Saucerman says:

    I’d go with option #1, they’re the most glam, fun option and tie in best with your barstools and other furniture. I know #2 are a fan fave, but personally they remind me of heat food lamps at a restaurant. The other three options feel very basic and your personal style isn’t basic! But, I’d like to see a few more options similar to #1.

  • Robin says:

    No pendants looks best. Your kitchen does not need lights to be the focal point and in my opinion, they all look too big and heavy in the space.

  • Rachel Kraynak says:

    Practical question : does anyone sit at the island and read? Then, 2 pendants would be my choice.

  • Susan Brokaw says:

    I like the unobstructed depth of field view into your lovely kitchen achieved without the addition of pendent lights. Less is more sometimes. Thanks for the opportunity to weigh in!

  • Lorraine says:

    Choice #1) NO PENDANTS! It’s so lovely and open!!! and #2) the first choice of pendants.

  • Cathy says:

    I think 2 pendants instead of 3 would be a fresher and less cluttered look. Maybe white cone-shaped pendants that are wider than they are tall, with a pretty brass rod or chain. For that size of an island, maybe they could be in the 18-20” diameter range. And perhaps they could be hung slightly higher than normal, say 36-40 above the countertop.

  • The balance feels off with 3 pendants- too crowded over the island! No pendants feels a bit vacant and the pendant light would be cozier at the island than the recessed lighting provides. I like option 4 – classic and simple. The brass finish on some pendant options feels too potent (at least in your photos). There are 2 windows, should be 2 pendants, and 4 bar stools. Ceiling lights do not make a room feel cozy- end of story.
    And YES decorating for myself is SO MUCH HARDER than for my clients. Why? Because I have to live with the choices I make all day every day and pay for them, too! In your case you may switch to 2 pendants and if so you have to involve an electrician to change the fixture locations, and possibly patch and paint the ceiling. It’s easy for me to tell you to do it and then you have to deal with the disruption and cost of actually doing it!

  • Mary says:

    Coming in a bit late – but I don’t think any pendant lights are needed as there is already quite a lot going on in that lovely kitchen.

  • Wanda says:

    #1 matches your dining room fixture the best it seems. I also really like #4. They have classic old world charm and glow. I do like idea of only two pendants.

  • Sheree Jones says:

    I vote for no pendants – they block the view of your beautiful millwork hood.

  • Therese Vermette says:

    I was looking to see if the brass was repeated in your kitchen and i could not see that it was. Something less “ look at me” would work better than what you optioned. Check out this Canadian line above with the marble accent. They come in many colours . Would be a little quieter so that all of the other highlights in the kitchen including your chairs are showcased. Listen to your own advice. Not everything can be the star.

  • Lisa says:

    It’s hard to give an opinion because the placement and proportion of all options look off – they seem too large, too high and too close to the edge of the island. Are they actually to scale? If so, like the idea of 2 large pendants instead of 3. My favorite style is number 1 because I prefer the modern look and softer gold color with your kitchen. Number 2 is a nice, classic style but it seems so shiny and brassy. Perhaps the pulls could be swapped to brass to coordinate.

  • Kay says:

    Good heavens! I’ve never seen so many comments!

    An important issue for me is not obstructing the range hood, and, really, that whole wall. It’s so pretty. However, that’s looking at it in daylight. The commenters who talk about the night view have an important point. The warmth of incandescent lighting would make a huge difference then.

    But I still don’t vote for pendants, given the layout of your kitchen. How about installing beautiful lamps at either end of the island? Or depending on the placement of the can lights (including their symmetry), you could convert two or three of them and add flush fixtures, such as large globes. That would allow you to decorate with tall branches, which look beautiful and don’t interfere with all the lovely elements of the kitchen. I’m considering doing that with the can lights centered over my island. They’re excellent work lights but hardly attractive. (No pendants installed for the same reason I don’t like them in your kitchen. They not only obstruct a major beauty of the kitchen but make it look busy.)

  • Lynn Wilhelm says:

    Wow, what a lot of comments!!
    #5 is the only one I’d consider, but I really like the kitchen without any.
    The pendants in #5 are lighter and airier than any of the others which all look too dominant and heavy for your style.
    I wonder if something even simpler would be called for? Something like this or maybe this
    Something mostly clear so none of the view is obstructed and something that airy branches could fit around.
    Good luck!

  • Teresa says:

    Pendants create a visual wall. The unobstructed view of the kitchen with the tall arrangement on the counter continues the feeling of the inside being connected to the garden. It is beautiful.

  • Kim says:

    I like no pendants or the #1 pendants the best. I feel like 2 pendants will feel unbalanced unless you moved your branches into the middle of the island between the two, but I like them off to the side. So if you do pendants I think you should stick with 3 of them.

  • Susy McBride says:

    I would go with #1 hands down or none at all.
    Best to you Maria,

  • Susan says:

    I prefer option 1 or 5. Ans have them on a dimmer. While you may not need them for light whole cooking, without a lamp on the island, I’d think you’d want some ambient light. My island also separates the kitchen from the great room and the lights on a dimmer help with separation and mood. Your home is beautiful! I stole your idea ans I’m recovering my island chairs with leopard backs and emerald green seats! (I have an emerald green sofa in the great room).

  • Charlene says:

    I prefer something with the darker metal, like #3 or #4. They repeat the dark frames on the botanical prints as well as the dark spots in the leopard print and the black glass in the appliances. Those are the only options that pull my eye around the room. The brass options don’t relate as well to the print and fabric. The dark metal repeats the black but also contrasts with the cabinets and wall colour. I’m not crazy about the style of 3 or 4 but I think with the dark metal trim you’re on the right track. It pulls the space together.
    Some of the other options just stop the eye.
    A dark metal traditional lantern style might work and would also repeat the diagonal lines of your range hood. I prefer odd numbers for pendants, if possible. I think your large island can handle three pendants but it will all depend on their scale and delicacy.

  • Linda says:

    I like no pendants. I find the pendants distracting in the view shown.

  • Margaret Deskin says:

    I’m really torn between Option #2 and No Pendants At All! Maybe we’ve just become so accustomed to pendants that we feel they’re required, but this gorgeous kitchen can stand alone without them. That said, I love the way option #2 is just like jewelry and adds a little extra pizazz to the look.

  • Denise Lupenski says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful as is, but I think of pendants as jewelry. I like the last option, but have you thought about just going with two instead of three? I know you’d have to have your ceiling fixed, but that way one would not be blocking your beautiful hood. Just another option. 😊

  • Connie says:

    Clear glass and only 2.

  • Ann says:

    Definitely TWO lights. Like another commenter said, you have two windows that will parallel nicely and have a clearer line of sight to your hood (the focal point).

    I think you are having a problem picking the light fixtures because none of them truly stick out as the correct one. I would continue looking, the right ones will come along and you won’t be questioning it. I use my pendant lights at night when I don’t have my Swiss cheese lights on. The softer lighting of the pendants is necessary for ambiance.

    Decorating my own house is harder because I overthink my decisions. I can see the options in my head with many different variations.

  • Fran W. says:

    I like pendants over an island; the kitchen just doesn’t seem ‘finished’ without them. It also helps tremendously with cooking-related tasks. (Terreeia will no doubt appreciate the additional lighting!) I like choice #5, but I probably would install only two. I think the end result will look great–adding the light you need while giving you the openness you want.

  • Pam says:

    You already have so much going on, pendants are overkill. Definitely omit them.

  • Diane says:

    Number 5 is my favorite, but second choice is Number 2. I like the warmth that the brass color adds without taking over the space. Even without pendants, it’s beautiful, but I think they add some charm.

  • Debra Kilner says:

    I like the shape and tone of number 1. I think lighting over the island, independent of the recessed lighting would be nice. I sit at my island so much I love having it lit. Even though number 2 has the same tone, it seems a bit “space age’! that being said, I also don’t mind the no pendent look. I will be curious to see what you pick,- to see how my “design eye” lines up with yours!

  • Alex says:

    No pendants. There’s more than enough going on in your kitchen already: windows flanking range hood, marble tile backsplash, patterned chairs, give the eye a rest.

  • Mary says:

    While I think the look of large islands with pendants is attractive and certainly functional, but I think it’s trendy. I love that you’re considering bucking the trend and doing something different. Displaying large branches would provide a lovely focal point and I bet you would have fun accessorizing that island with different things. You could even put a Christmas tree on there during the holidays. Not having pendants opens up a lot of options!

  • Catherine Malliet says:

    I recently worked with on a large kitchen remodel with the same layout including similar island, range and two windows location. The island is 10′ x 5′. To not overload the space with fixtures we went with 2-18″ Visual Comfort Goodman lights not lined up to hide the windows! The homeowner has commented that there are two reasons this decision was perfect. They cast the right cone of light when prepping food and the ceiling lights don’t have to be on. In fact they rarely turn them on. Second, having just the pendants on at night casts wonderful subtle mood lighting to that space while sitting in the adjacent spaces – especially when entertaining.

  • Dale Roy says:

    Love those Ballard chairs, Maria. They are drool-worthy
    I am digging #1 lights, but can you do two? That way you first gasp at the chairs,and look up to the glamorous lights, which would frame and lead the eye to take in the incredible hood fan/windows

  • Yesenia Cruz says:

    As others have commented already. I vote for 2 pendants over the island, instead of 3. Gold is your color and I like options #2 and #5

  • Vicki says:

    I would vote for no pendants at all. Your kitchen is so open and has plenty of canned lighst. With your leopard backed chairs the light would be a distraction

  • Michelle says:

    I like the room in the pictures best with no pendants. However, if pendants are a choice I agree with 2 rather than 3 pendants. Contrary to many on the site, I do not like option 2. I like 5 the best because of it’s traditional design and it seems to obstruct the light and view of the kitchen less than the others.

  • K. Richardson says:

    Forget having “3” lights. Consider 1 modern long light (dimmable) that is done in gold with crystals that would repeat the shape of the island and add glam to the space. This one would go well with your chairs. The “bubbles” mimic the cheetah print and look like “champagne ” which would be a nod to the kitchen. Go to “Lamps Plus” Possini Euro Design, Style #768H1, 6 light gold crystal LED island pendant, 34 inches, “Mirabell.” Even the name sounds beautiful!
    Let me know what you think, because I didn’t see anything like this in your list of possibilities.

    • Karen Welch says:

      I love this idea! It is what I was saying about “sparkles” and ambiance. You are thinking outside the box! Yay!

  • Maryanne says:

    #2 or none at all. Like how open it looks without.

  • Gail says:

    I agree with the majority that the no pendant looks great in picture. However I like to have some light over the counters and something softer than cheese lights. I rarely use the cheese lights in the kitchen. My counter lights are bright enough. I also use them with under counter lighting sometimes. I have my pendants on a dimmer switch so they are low at night and add soft light. My vote for pendants is # 3. Although perhaps they could be just a tad smaller. # 1 looks heavy to me and #2 seems jarring. Just don’t make my mistake. I got all glass school house pendants too keep the space looking open as in your no pendants picture and there is too much glare.

  • Ericka says:

    I love option #1. They sit higher up to accommodate larger arrangements, and have a beautiful traditional, easy look to the eye.

  • Lynn Forbes says:

    I like the clean, open look of the no-pendant option. Plus, the animal print and green bar stools, at least from the direction the photo was taken, are the boss of the room, as one expert I know says. Adding pendants makes the room look too busy.

  • Jennifer says:

    I like #4 because the metal color ties in with the leopard print on the back of the chairs. My second choice would be #1 because they seem to tie in best with the yellow in the wall art and the leopard print. The #2 pendants (too bright) and #3 pendants (too cold) are my least favorite. I like the look of no pendants but think they would be missed at some point from a practical standpoint.

  • Marilyn says:

    Ultimately, I’m sure that whatever you decide will be the right choice 🙂 however, I do think that 2 pendants on either side of the island with a space in the middle for a tall arrangement would look great too. I know that it is true that choosing things for your own house always seems to be more difficult than helping others choose. You have a beautiful home! And I do love your leopard staircase!

  • RiceBowl 2021-Kiyoko says:

    Option 6-
    I like the idea of a very soft, understated set of pendant lights here, to highlight but not take away from the smashing fabrics on the kitchen stools. If it were my home, (and I know it’s not! :)) I would do something from Barbara Barry, a la-
    Visual Comfort Signature Collection
    Barbara Barry Simple Banded 2 Light 24 inch Soft Brass Hanging Shade Ceiling Light in Linen
    or her pleated shade pendant, which I can no longer find on Visual Comfort-
    I agree that the scale of the options seem overly large, and are so visually striking they run the risk of obscuring the total picture. I’d go for something elegant and subdued.

  • Monica says:

    I wouldn’t install new pendants. My kitchen is similar and I removed the island pendant when we remodeled. I like the unobstructed feeling and that I can use a vase with tall branches, especially when we entertain.

  • Deanna C. says:

    Having lived in a rental with finishes in similar colors, a large island open to the living, and no pendants (cheese lights only) I always hated the shadowy downcast lighting
    and longed for some warmth being reflected off the ceiling in the island area. A lamp on a kitchen island is impractical IMO.
    In your case, I vote for the fifth option – the delicate gold and white lanterns. Here are
    the reasons I am drawn to this option:
    1) Gold color ties in with gold in adjacent living and your yellow artwork. Touches of white relate to white stone in island.
    2) only gold fixture in your options with uplighting that will actually reflect off ceiling.
    3) the delicate lantern style goes well with the pretty, garden-inspired design in your adjacent living.
    5) the airy design of the lanterns lend an air of “invisibility” to the fixtures, allowing the room and any tall floral arrangements to shine through. With the exception of option 2, the other pendant choices were all too chunky and dominating. I immediately ruled out option 2 because it is doesn’t solve the downlighting problem, which is important to me. Also while style of option 2 is on trend and is accommodating for tall arrangements, I personally don’t think the design itself relates to your space.
    6) A minor detail that I noticed about the lanterns is the inverted linear angles of the white bars mirrors the slanted angles of the millwork in the vent hood.
    7. An idea to consider: I usually like pendants in threes, but in this case I would consider only using two fixtures of option 5. I would try moving them inward a tad to position them in front of the two windows that already flank the vent hood. This approach would still give ample light, highlight the vent hood/cooktop as a focal point (as opposed to blocking it), and give a little more room on the outer edge of island to showcase a tall arrangement with the greenery still intersecting the lantern slightly.
    Maria, you have exquisite taste, and I’m sure whatever you choose will be perfect
    for you. It will be fun to see your finished design.

  • Marie In AZ says:

    Hi, Maria. I vote for no pendants, but if you absolutely need some light closer to the island surface, then #3. But only if you must, haha. Can’t wait to see what you decide on!

  • Kim says:

    My vote is NO pendant lights. It seems your lovely kitchen gets plenty of light without them during the day anyway. If you do choose to install pendant lights, I’d go with what Deanna C. said: ” I would try moving them inward a tad to position them in front of the two windows that already flank the vent hood. This approach would still give ample light, highlight the vent hood/cooktop as a focal point (as opposed to blocking it), and give a little more room on the outer edge of island to showcase a tall arrangement with the greenery still intersecting the lantern slightly.” Option #5 would be pretty.

  • Karen says:

    IMHO, whatever you choose shouldn’t obstruct views in any direction. In the photograph, I can’t tell how much natural light (windows) there is but I think having only TWO pendants is better than three. I also favour “see-through” like Option #5. And I would prefer sticking to stainless/silver/nickel finish rather than the gold or brass which, for me, relate to nothing. With respect, I think the “problem” visually is the green/leopard chairs. They are what are causing the visual disturbance. If the kitchen only has the overhead pot lights, working in the kitchen will be very difficult. There are few uppers under which one can install lighting and the small lamps won’t help except to provide mood lighting. In a kitchen, one needs a lot of lighting as well as a variety of lighting in my experience.