My Kitchen Light Fixtures Are Driving Me Bonkers

Hey Guys,

This is a continuation of our looking at kitchen lighting and kitchen light fixtures.

Here’s the good news.

The options are practically endless.

Here’s the bad news.

The options are practically endless.

 

So, the first thing we need to do when planning our kitchen light fixtures is to think about our home as a whole.

 

  • What scale do we need?
  • What materials?
  • What’s our budget?
  • What style are we going with?

 

The following three images are the interior design work of Victoria Hagan, one of my design idols since the mid-80s. In this coastal home she captures a unified feeling throughout all of the room. All of her colors, furniture and lighting coordinate beautifully into a cohesive composition.

 

Please notice how all of her lighting coordinates beautifully with each other, the other furnishings, the landscape and the architecture/style of the home too!

And not every finish has to match, but i think that if doing bronze, that antique brass looks best for alternative fixtures. Nickel is fine for hardware.

I know that we talked about having lots of hanging pendants from the ceiling. Victoria is known for having either pendants or flush-mount kitchen light fixtures.

Another Victoria  Hagan kitchen. Here, she bravely employs two different types of pendants and a stem-semi-flush mount. What makes this work? It’s the round thing she has going on and it extends to the table, the chairs, even the hardware. The kitchen area fixtures coordinate with the finishes, and the eating area has its own flavor.

There are no recessed down-lights here.

John B Murray Architects

But there are here. And BTW, I can assure you that the island is not a different color than the rest of the cabinets. It’s the lighting! And it’s one reason why I almost always do the island in a different color or finish from the main cabinets. It doesn’t always happen, but I have seen this many times.

Victoria Hagan Kitchen Light Fixtures

This is Victoria’s home in Nantucket with large industrial pendants over the island.

And again, the white pendant over the table. Maybe she ordered one too many? ;]

Or maybe she was going to do two over this table and realized that one would be better.

 

Visual Comfort Eugene pendant white visual comfort
Visual Comfort makes a similar one. Actually, I prefer it.

 

Currey & Co. Blackened One Light Steel Pendant

I couldn’t find the same pendants, but these are pretty cool from Currey & Company.

 

But Laurel, isn’t this industrial look for kitchen light fixtures getting kind of trendy?

 

Yes, it is.

But, if you love it– and it works with the rest of your home, then why not? There are lots of trendy looks and just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s only bad if you’re doing it because you think you should be doing it! (you can tweet that.)

 

Let’s move on to another enduring classic.

 

The schoolhouse fixture.

Usually, it’s a pendant, but sometimes it’s a flush mount or a semi-flushmount. There are many, many versions.

- schoolhouse fixture

 

Whoa! Guys, this one from Franklin Ironworks looks pretty fabulous and at 30 bucks how can you go wrong? I did check the reviews and six gave it five out of five on Amazon! And it comes in a bunch of different finishes.

At 10.25″ high, it can easily work in a kitchen or hall with an eight-foot ceiling. What I love about semi-flush mount lights is that the light has an opportunity to bounce up and since this has a shade, it’s coming out all the way around. This is an excellent fixture for all-over ambient light.

And for those who are concerned about bulb glare. We have that one covered too. This style would look great in most traditional or country kitchens.

 

What I think might work with this schoolhouse semi-flushmount would be to do a different type of schoolhouse pendant.

Fabulous kitchen by Julie Holloway and Anisa Darnell of Milk and Honey Home

These are from Barnlight Electric which is one of the newer sources in Laurels Rolodex.

Image is from the lovely kitchen of Architectural Digest editor Melissa Maria.

 

Going back to more traditional kitchen light fixtures. Traditional, but not stodgy at all.

 

Another type of ceiling fixture I’ve seen in Victoria Hagan’s kitchens is some variation of this lovely piece by Hudson Valley Lighting. Again, it comes in a bunch of finishes. Hudson is a mid-priced line and I’ve ordered from them before and the fixtures are really lovely.

 

I think it would look fabulous with a couple of bell jar lanterns over the island.

This one from JV Lighting is only $310.00. It’s a slightly more formal look.

I know that some of you will cringe because of the glass, dust, grease and all… But if you have a lot of grease, it means that your fan isn’t doing its job. After all, if it’s landing on your surfaces, you’re also breathing it in and that’s not healthy.

original source unknown.

Hicks Pendant by Thomas O'Brien for Visual Comfort

Or the classic  Hicks Pendant, designed by Thomas O’Brien by Visual Comfort

 

Love it in the antique brass too.

There is also a ceiling mount version of this fixture but I wouldn’t use them both in the same room.

Hicks Pendant - via Serena & Lily

This one is similar from Serena and Lily.

 

Ann Morris double St. James Bar Sconce

Victoria Hagan also does this or some variation of this sconce from Ann-Morris Antiques.

 

It would look terrific in the above kitchen scheme in bronze, however, it goes into the category of “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” It comes in a bunch of finishes. Victoria usually does it in a dark bronze color.

 

Hudson Valley makes this pretty Pelham two-arm sconce and also a lovely one-arm version. I love its simplicity and classic lines. It also comes in different finishes.

 

Another iconic kitchen light fixture is this brass marine pendant

(I don’t know where this particular one is from)

 

 

 

Hudson Valley makes a pretty version of this pendant. It’s about $800

 

This is a nice version from Visual Comfort

 

Love this Kate Acorn Sconce from Visual Comfort.

 

The Basil Flush Mount from Visual Comfort would look great too!

 

Oh wow! There’s still more to do. But I was thinking it might be fun to do a hi-low post. Or high, medium and low. Something like that.

Happy Spring y’all!

xo,

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