How to figure spacing for Island pendants

How to figure spacing for Island pendants

February 22, 2022
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Two of the most popular questions I get on social media are “I’m trying to figure out how many pendants to use, How big is your island?” and “Where are your pendants from?” So I figured it’s time for a post on tips about kitchen lighting. I’ve included sources for some of my favorite pendants and barstools as well.
How to decide pendant spacing

When we were building our home I had to decide early on how many pendants I wanted and how far apart I wanted them. That’s not an easy task when you haven’t picked your lighting. If you have decided on your pendants you’re already ahead of the game compared to me ;). We were installing shiplap (you can read a post on that HERE.) so I had to know where we wanted the wiring. *Tip**If you are building a home and aren’t sure What to tell your electrician, have him wire for them and leave the wiring in the ceiling. That way you can have the wires pulled when you are ready to install your lighting.
I decided the best way for me to figure it out, was to mark out where my island would be according to my cabinet plan. My island is just under 7′, 83″ to be precise… I lean towards oversized pendants so I planned on using 2 pendants. We ended up spacing them about 30″ apart from the center of each light box. I was happy with the spacing, but ended up not loving the original pendants I chose. I switched them out for the Savoy House Penrose pendants (you can find them HERE) they are a little more substantial than my first choice and I’m quite happy with them.
How to choose pendant spacing
According to You should “Space a pendant every 2 feet or so above a kitchen island and pick the right size of pendant to suit your island length. Small islands (4 to 5 feet long) can handle 1 large or 2 medium pendants. Large islands can handle 2 large or 3 medium pendants.” that’s pretty much what we ended up doing with ours. It’s all about the scale of your fixture, so figure out if you like them oversized, or smaller. They had some other great tips on that site as well.

I’ve included a few of my favorite kitchens for inspiration. Like this one from Old Seagrove homes It’s one of my all time favorite kitchens!
How to choose your island pendants, Old Seagroves Homes via
You can find these pendants HERE.

I love the look of Lanterns, you can find similar options to these HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Lantern island lighting|Blue Island|Choosing pendant spacing

These Hicks Pendants are popular right now. You can find them HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Similar lighting to the ones pictured below can be found HERE and HERE.
Better Homes and Gardens Via

More lighting options can be found in the slider below

I’ve also included some of my favorite barstools below

I hope you are feeling a little more confident to make decisions on your lighting placement now. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!



  1. Zeenie February 24, 2022 7:59 pm

    Love your pendants! Are they satin nickel or polished nickel?

  2. Zeenie February 25, 2022 6:45 am

    One more question if you don’t mind. If I want those pendants and all my appliances and faucet are stainless steel, do I go with satin or polished nickel? Thanks!

    • [email protected] March 5, 2022 9:50 pm

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you right away. I have a mix in my kitchen, my knobs and pulls are brushed nickel and my faucets are polished nickel. I like the polished nickel for my kitchen. It is ok to mix if you like the polished nickel better. If you think it will bother you to have mixed finishes you might want to stick with the brushed. I don’t know if that helped at all 😉

  3. Catherine February 25, 2022 3:27 pm

    I love your kitchen! My kitchen has a very similar feel, except that my white cabinets have oil rubbed bronze hardware (and dark floors). I have been unable to make a decision on my pendants. Do you think dark pendants would be too contrasting with the white cabinets, or should I stick with polished nickel ?


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