Pssst! Kitchen island pendants have secret powers. Don’t believe us? A long kitchen island pendant can accentuate a double height space and make the space feel even taller, while oversized pendant shades can make an overly vast space feel cosier. Warm metallics can add both glamour and warmth to cool coloured spaces, while copper is a cool look for a more industrial, open brickwork kitchen vibe. Black pendants are perfect for punctuating an all-white kitchen, while glass pendants let the rest of a kitchen do the talking.
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In these examples, you’ll see how metallics can add warmth to an all white scheme, gold kitchen island pendants add unexpected glamour in rustic spaces, and exposed bulbs create a utilitarian atmosphere. Meanwhile, a hanging bar light is clean and simple and perfect for a minimalist kitchen design, and you really can’t go wrong with a timeless classic like a Tom Dixon pendant.
It might sound like a cliche but it’s true that the kitchen island pendant can truly transform the look—and feel—of the space. And who said a kitchen island pendant has to be traditional? Take a fresh approach and opt for something bold like a classic chandelier or a starburst sputnik design.
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There are nautical inspired kitchen pendants, orb ones, see-through ones, exposed ones, they really do come in all shapes and sizes! Chandeliers, pendants, flush-mounts, globes, the world is your oyster.
Here are 26 designs that put a spotlight on the spaces that matter most.
Glass pendants hang on extra long wires, accentuating the double-height kitchen space. The long drop on these pendants makes enough of a statement, so the bulbs can err on the smaller side. That way, they don't overwhelm the island.
The kitchen is without doubt the pièce de résistance of this home. The clean lines and minimal looks of the cabinetry are softened by the rich, textural warmth of herringbone oak floors and the energetic patterning of a white Quartzite worktop and kitchen island. The Quartzite imitates the feel of marble, but it is much more hard-wearing.
Get the look: The kitchen is from the Tio Collection by Rational, teamed with White Fantasy Quartzite from Stone World. These are Bolle Sola pendants by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. The stools are from John Lewis.
Oversized copper pendants add to the industrial feel of this kitcen. The brick wall, copper pendants and the canary yellow stools give a kick of vibrancy that lifts the whole look.
Get the look: This is a Devol kitchen. The stools are from Vintage Industrial Metal. The pendant is from Industville. The framed palm prints are from French Connection Home. The vases are by Habitat. The cake stands are from House of Fraser. The panettones are from Carluccio’s and Selfridges. The champagne, mince pies and gold coins are from Selfridges. The glassware is from Sainsbury’s.
Starburst pendants are an unusual choice for a kitchen island and look striking and very cool. They work best when arranged in a trio. Bronze mirrored-glass adds to the glam note.
Get the look: The island is made from Calacatta Vagli marble from Italy, sourced by Jon Loveday. The Raimond pendants are by Raimond Puts for Ox-ID at Moooi. These are Charles Ghost stools in Matt Gloss White by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Axor Citterio Semi-Pro single lever kitchen mixer tap is by Hansgrohe.
Another double-height kitchen space, where the pendants helps accentuate the space.
Who said you can't hang a chandelier above a kitchen island? Here an antique chandelier is hung deliberately low to relax the lofty proportions of the interior.
Get the look: The bar stools are by hay. Find a similar chandelier at Norfolk Decorative Antiques. For pendant lights like these, try Heal’s. The kitchen is by Daulby and Tickle.
The sleek lines of these modern kitchen cabinets are broken up by a Murano glass chandelier and the swirls of the marble flooring and worktops.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Boffi. The chandelier is from Caira Mandaglio. The black and white jar is by Jonathan Adler.
Oversized kitchen pendants play with the scale of the space in this open plan kitchen. In a way, they even make the vast space feel a little bit cosier.
Get the look: For similar cabinetry, try Bulthaup. Mandarin Stone sells marble worktops. The Goodman pendant lights above the island are by Thomas O’Brien from Circa Lighting. These are the Tabouret A stools by Organic Modernism. The Branching Bubble light over the table is a custom design by Lindsey Adelman.
Two funky pendants brought over from America illuminate this 'Barn Red' kitchen island.
Get the look: For a similar kitchen, see British Standard By Plain English. The island is painted in Rectory Red estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The Bluff City pendants were found at Roll & Hill in New York – buy them in the UK via Places and Spaces.
Shiny copper pendants snazz up this rustic country kitchen, adding warmth.
Gold kitchen pendants inject instant glamour in this otherwise rustic-looking space.
Get the look Bride’s Veil stools, Phase Design. Kastor pendant lights by Jo Hammerborg for Fog and Mørup, Ed Butcher.
A few delicate pops of black help punctuate through an all-white palette. A beautifully sleek white kitchen stretches along the centre of this kitchen. The island is 4.5m long – but it doesn’t really look it.
Get the look: This is a Bulthaup kitchen from Cameron Interiors. The stools are from Rockett St George. The pendants are by Fritz Fryer.
White glass pendants are the only calm in this dramatic kitchen.
Get the look: The Stanbury bespoke kitchen is by DIY Kitchens. The Island units are from Ikea. The tin tiles on the island are from Rockett St George. The dining table is by Urban Grain. The Mia Spindle chairs are by Graham and Green. The Olde Bayswater Blend brick slip wall tiles are by Brickslips.
Instead of a cluster of pendants, a hanging strip of lighting creates a clean, modern look.
Get the look:Ceiling light, Stickbulb. Salt and pepper mills, Peter Ejvinsson and Emmy Larsson for Artipelag.
Simple exposed bulbs hang down over this modern kitchen island, matching the same utilitarian vibe as the bar stools.
Tom Dixon pendants are a popular choice for kitchen islands.
Get the look: Custom-made kitchen in walnut veneer, Yoo Studio. Melt Mini light, Tom Dixon.
Don't be scared—black can look seriously sexy in a kitchen. Need proof? THIS is it.
Get the look: This is Alno cabinetry. The tap is by Barber Wilsons & Co. The work surface was made from marble supplied by Rossi Stone Surfaces. The industrial-style pendant is from Soda. The stools were painted in Little Greene’s Basalt intelligent eggshell.
Understated pendants suit this small, masculine kitchen design. The bespoke Jack Trench design in the kitchen is achingly smart. Replacing an elderly Ikea number, it delivers a sleek mélange of walnut cabinetry and marble work surfaces and there’s a cool central island, perfect for food prep as well as for socialising. While the finishes are quite opulent – marble and walnut – they’re also very practical. The low ceiling has been painted with white gloss, which reflects the light around the room.
Get the look: The cabinetry was designed and built by Jack Trench. These are CH58 bar stools by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The Gubi Bestlite BL9 pendants are from Twentytwentyone.
Glass funnel shaped pendants hang from silver coloured fittings and dangle over this cool steel kitchen island. Half the island contains storage and the rest is open, so the stools can be tucked beneath when not in use.
Get the look: The kitchen units and island are by Pippa Paton Design. The steel splashback, opposite, is by Eskimo Design. The large glass bottles were found at Appley Hoare Antiques. The Pel wall clock is by Paul Beckett. For an alternative glass pendant, see Original BTC’s Prismatic. Find matching metal bar stools at Made in Design.
Classic country kitchen pendants suit this pared-back palette of putty colours, washed-out blues, wood and metal.
Get the look: The cabinets are painted in Chalk Paints in Paris Grey and French Linen by Annie Sloan, sealed with dark wax. For a bench and table like this, try Harvey Jones. The fridge is by Smeg. The wall tiles are from The Reject Tile Shop. The industrial-style pendant lamp was found at a stall in Brick Lane. For similar, try Trainspotters. Buy an olive tree at Clifton Nurseries.
These kitchen island pendants are on an extra long wire, so they can hang from hooks above the island. Straight hanging pendants would have created a cleaner, sleeker look, but hanging them in this way looks rather fun. The brass in the pendant shades comes back in the kitchen cabinet handles.
Get the look: The pendant lights are Hooked 1.0 by Buster + Punch. The white Organic bowl is by French Connection Home. Angel Flowers provided the house plants. For a similar stool, try Elemental.
White pendants blend into this kitchen, letting the marble splash back do the talking.
Get the look: Richard Webb of Webb Architects designed this extension. The white-lacquer and pippy oak kitchen units were custom-made by Rick Baker. The Carrara marble splashback and Italian basalt worktops are from London Marble Ltd.
Lime green and grey chequerboard cabinetry lends a playful feel, and match the green kitchen island pendants.
Get the look: The bench is a vintage Chinese piece.
These kitchen island pendants look touchably smooth, and sit against a smooth ceiling – void of any spotlights as there's enough light coming from the kitchen hood, window and floor lamps out of sight.
Get the look: The cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe estate eggshell. The Carrara marble and mirrored kitchen island was designed by Carden Cunietti. The pendant lights are from SCP. The stools are from Anthropologie. The blind is made up in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric. The rug is by Natalie Lété.
These delicate pendant lights look a bit like they're wearing little hats, and actually add a touch of elegance to this farmhouse inspired country kitchen.
A peninsula unit doubles as a work surface, sink and breakfast bar, while industrial lighting and chunky chrome handles give an industrial edge to the design.
Get the look: Kitchen units, custom made; sheepskin stool, Barneys New York
These kitchen island pendants are so subtle they camouflage against the white backdrop.
Get the look: The Shaker-style kitchen units, Silestone worktops, prep table and oak stools are all by deVol. The range cooker came from Esse. The chopping boards are from Daylesford and the big glass storage jars are from Ikea. The fisherman’s lights are from Color Worx in East Wittering.