Two of the most popular questions I get on social media are “Iâ€™m trying to figure out how many pendants to use, How big is your island?” and “Where are your pendants from?” So I figured itâ€™s time for a post on tips about kitchen lighting. Iâ€™ve included sources for some of my favorite pendants and barstools as well.
When we were building our home I had to decide early on how many pendants I wanted and how far apart I wanted them. Thatâ€™s not an easy task when you havenâ€™t picked your lighting. If you have decided on your pendants youâ€™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 arenâ€™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 Iâ€™m quite happy with them.
According to Lightsonline.com 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.” thatâ€™s pretty much what we ended up doing with ours. Itâ€™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.
More lighting options can be found in the slider below
Iâ€™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!