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Canned lights only above island?

Posted by MrsPete (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 28, 12 at 11:45

I'm unsure of myself here and would like some advice.

When it comes to kitchens, I like clean, open spaces. I want most of my stuff put away in cabinets or in the pantry. As I stare at more and more kitchen pictures, I realize that this also includes ceiling light fixtures:

I have pictures of the interior of the house we plan to build, and the kitchen features THREE pendants above a moderate-sized island (5-6 feet) . . . PLUS a light fixture above the nearby sink. I find it "too busy" and distracting. It looks like too much clutter on the ceiling.

I'm thinking I'd like to have one nice pendant above the sink (or two sconces flanking?) and a larger, matching or coordinating pendant light above the small kitchen table . . . and maybe just can lights above the island. I'm sure they'd give ample light for working, but would my island seem "unfinished" if it didn't have a more "visible" light above it?

I'm concerned that in trying to avoid what I see in this overly busy picture of "my kitchen" that I'm going to far in the open-and-clean direction that I might be creating a space that's too sterile?

And I'm thinking that the safest route might be to build with no decorative light fixture above the island, and later -- if we find the design lacking -- to add another light. Of course, the difficulty is that the same fixture might no longer be available.

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RE: Canned lights only above island?

We have only cans in our kitchen and they provide adequate light. Our kitchen is open to other rooms with hanging lights. I knew a few more (pendants) would be way too much. I rarely like the (to me, cluttered,) look of pendants over islands.

I think you should trust your gut since this will be your kitchen.

RE: Canned lights only above island?

We used three pendants above the island in our open concept LR, DR, kitchen. Can lights throughout.

RE: Canned lights only above island?

I asked a similar question a while back about a plan we've since shelved. But here is the discussion, FWIW:

I like other people's pendants. But I like the clean nothing in my sight-line for working in, too.

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