I’ve been sharing my kitchen so much on Instagram lately and one of the features people keep asking me to source is my new favorite kitchen pendant light. I’m so happy to talk about these beauties as they literally make me smile every time I walk into my kitchen. Corny, but true! ;)
Our kitchen is an open space viewed from almost every room in our small house. As a matter of fact, my dining room sits just a few feet from my kitchen and with it, my huge dining room chandelier. It’s because of this that one of the requirements for my kitchen pendants is that they remain simple and clean in design.
We’re surrounded by windows everywhere you look in my home and the indoor/outdoor feel is important to me. The last thing I wanted to do was block our future gorgeous garden view ;) or any of the open rooms for that matter with two large pendant lights.
In keeping with my open view plan I decided to limit my selections to only glass pendants. Glass keeps everything light and airy without interrupting a space and I love the effortless look and sparkly shine they provide.
Deciding on glass early on was definitely helpful but it was only half the battle in my selection process. It took a little more time to pick the style and shape that really felt like us. I knew I wanted lights that were special and unique, duh… and was important that they stand the test of time.
While I’m drawn toward some of the current trends… I knew in my heart of hearts that I had to find something classic. It wasn’t until I stumbled onto the Isabella Cloche Pendant with it’s modern take on the traditional feminine bell shape that I knew I had found the one. I loved this pendant with it’s delicate rim and little berry detail the first time I laid eyes on it.
Sooo glad I took my time searching.
A couple of important points that I learned during my search that I’d like to share with all of you ~
1. Style ~ Select a light that keeps true to the style of your home, kitchen and most importantly you. If your kitchen is rustic farmhouse in design, a sleek modern pendant light may not be the right fit.
2. Shape ~ Keep in mind the shape of existing lights sharing the same space when choosing your pendants. If you already have a globe or round shaped light hanging over your kitchen table than you may want to look at another shape for your island. Lights sharing a space should compliment one another… not compete for attention.
3. Size ~ Know the look and feel of your overall space when deciding on pendant size. Placing a mini pendant over a large island will end up looking underwhelming but hanging 3 mini pendant lights evenly spaced over a large island can look incredible.
My island is quite large at 7 ft x 5 ft with a curve on one side where the barstools sit. I knew I needed 2 medium sized pendants to properly fit the length and it was important that the pendants weren’t too narrow so that they could handle the width of where the curve and barstools sit. The bell shaped pendants did the trick and filled the necessary space perfectly.
4. Light Bulbs ~ If you are going with an all glass pendant light like I did then you will want to look at using an Edison light bulb like those in my kitchen. These LED Dimmable light bulbs give a soft warm light that doesn’t appear orange like so many of the other Edison bulbs out there. I found mine at my local Lamps Plus store. You can also find them online here. These bulbs use a low energy and will last a very long time as a result. I’m a bit of a nighttime light girl so this is great for someone like me. ;) I can’t say enough about these light bulbs.
If you look at pendant lights like jewelry for your kitchen it makes total sense and really helps with the selection process. Like jewelry, pendant lights are that final dressing layer that can help pull everything together. With my search, it was important for me to choose lights with two very important elements.. they had to have a polished nickel chain and a shiny sparkly glass detail. The Isabella Cloche pendants had both and as a result, my kitchen looks light and airy, sophisticated and elegant. I’m in love!
When taking the leap to choose new pendant lights for your home, remember that this is the perfect opportunity to provide that shiny little bling, extra texture or pop of color that can help elevate and complete your beautiful kitchen. Let your pendant be more than just a light… You’ll love what you choose if you do!