Put out you chopping board - it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work in what probably is the busiest part of your house--your kitchen island. How many times a day do you stand behind that marble countertop to prep up meals for your family, or for yourself? It's just proper, therefore, to put this hardworking corner under the spotlight. Perhaps, even literally.
Lighting is one of the key features in your kitchen island, and it is for a good reason. Here is where you dice and mince, chop and skewer—meticulous food preparation techniques that require better vision. It is essential that your kitchen island lighting complements the functions you perform there. Thus, an excellent lighting plan is a must. Use this opportunity to highlight this versatile part of the kitchen and infuse a tasteful new look to your dining decor.
Go from blah to brilliant. Pendant lighting fixtures create a mesmerising, modern twist to any kitchen island, plus much more. It breaks away the regular, symmetrical décor, thanks to the clusters of light attached to it. Use this to add a unique style to your kitchen space.
If you are more of a glam chic, perhaps a regal chandelier will add a touch of grace and sophistication to your kitchen island. Take for example this gorgeous, crystal beauty. For a more feminine touch, add some rose gold accents and of course, a vase of live blooms.
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Pendants are perfect for both fashion and function, but instead of just using one, consider using a couple or more, placed in rows for a symmetrical look, or a cluster of small lights for a more impressive display. In this kitchen island, for example, the cage brilliant cut pendant lights in gold create a lovely accent in this wood-and-white decor.
For an industrial chic look, how about a pair of vintage lights to match your upscale modern decor? This gives more character to your kitchen island lighting. Mix and match colours or stay true to an urbanesque palette, like this black and white combination.
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For longer counters, we suggest installing linear lights. Suspend it a few feet from the high ceilings to give more focus on the countertop. This lighting style, for instance, creates a lovely frame overhead the dark, masculine inspired kitchen island.
Track lights provide a flexible kitchen island lighting option because of its multi-directional feature. Use this to highlight various parts of the area, such as the wall (which reflects light, giving you more chance to accentuate items on display) or your workspace. Track lights are inexpensive and easy to install; some are equipped with dimming options so you can easily change from task to ambient lighting.
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Perfectly imperfect. Mix together a series of different lighting fixtures with complementing colours to create a unique, contemporary style. This way, you can layer different forms to create a bold statement to an otherwise minimalist setting. Take a page from this neutral décor; the white lighting in various shapes gives off an asymmetrical look that is pleasing to behold.
Final tip: when choosing bulbs for your fixtures, select those which offer longevity and energy efficiency. Fat Shack Vintage suggests using LED bulbs.
Which of these kitchen island styles is your fave? Sound of your thoughts and comment below!
Images via FSV and our Kitchen Island Lighting Pinterest Board.
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