Pendant lights are to kitchens what chandeliers are to foyers, especially kitchens with islands.
That’s not to say the only lights in a kitchen are pendant lights, because often there are other lights such as recessed lights. After all, the kitchen needs plenty of light. Nobody likes reading recipe books in the dark let alone chop food up with wicked sharp knives.
In fact, as you browse our gallery below (you can also check out our full kitchen gallery here), you’ll notice that the pendant / recessed lighting combo is super popular in today’s kitchen designs. The pendant light offers both form and function while recessed light provides the additional illumination needed.
This kitchen features dark wood cabinetry and a matching island bar lighted by an oversized pendant. It is attached with an eating counter that’s surrounded by leather high back chairs and cushioned bench.
Beach style kitchen accented by an aqua breakfast bar aligned with wooden barstools. It is illuminated by glass globe pendants that hung from the white shiplap ceiling.
Classic kitchen showcases natural wood cabinetry and granite top breakfast island that’s paired with rattan chairs and illuminated by lovely pendant lights.
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Warm eat-in kitchen with white appliances and light wood cabinetry that blends well with the hardwood flooring for a unified look. It includes dome pendants and a wooden dining table accompanied by red leather chairs.
Rustic kitchen boasts wood cabinetry and a range alcove clad in stone bricks. It has a white central island illuminated by dome pendants and recessed lights mounted on the cathedral ceiling lined with wood beam.
This kitchen offers pendant lights that hung over the granite top breakfast bar and cream cabinetry with stainless steel appliances inset.
White kitchen beautifully contrasted with a dark wood island bar that’s topped with a quartz counter and accompanied by gray tufted bar chairs and chrome pendant lights.
Cube pendant lights illuminate this kitchen filled with a round central island that’s fitted with sinks and surrounded by redwood cabinetry and a curved island bar.
An open kitchen with natural wood plank flooring and glass sliders that open to the yard framed with a wooden fence. It includes dark wood cabinetry and kitchen island lighted by glass pendants.
Dine-in kitchen features glass and linear pendant lights along with a wooden dining table and leather high back chairs that sit on an area rug.
Well-lit kitchen with chrome pendant lights and a stainless steel range hood fixed on the white subway tile backsplash. It includes an island bar lined with counter chairs and fitted with a sink and pull down sprayer.
This kitchen showcases redwood cabinetry and a breakfast bar over rich wood plank flooring lighted by glass pendants.
Sleek kitchen with white cabinetry and an island bar illuminated by spider industrial pendants that hung from the rustic ceiling.
Black barstools sit at a white raised breakfast island in this kitchen with modern pendant lights and a sleek vent hood fixed on the gray tile backsplash.
Fresh kitchen with glass slider and natural hardwood flooring topped by a striped runner. It includes pendant lights and a wooden island bar paired with beige upholstered counter chairs.
Black shade pendants illuminate this kitchen along with recessed ceiling lighting and natural light from the glazed windows. It has dark wood cabinetry that matches with the breakfast bar lined with black stools.
A gorgeous white kitchen boasts chrome pendant lights and an island bar over wood plank flooring fitted with an oven and wine fridge.
Glass pendant lights hang over the wooden breakfast island in this kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
Modern kitchen with smooth hardwood flooring and a towering ceiling with hanging track and pendant lights. It includes a black kitchen island and lovely dining set by the glazed windows overlooking a serene outdoor view.
The classic white kitchen offers open shelving and chrome pendants that hung over the central island topped with white marble counter.
Small open kitchen with white cabinetry and range alcove that matches with the island bar lighted by dome pendants and recessed ceiling lights.
This kitchen features double wall oven and cylindrical pendant lights that hung over the wooden eating counter paired with metal bar stools.
This kitchen offers louvered windows and stainless steel appliances inset fitted on the white cabinetry. It includes a wooden breakfast bar lined with black dome pendants and burgundy counter chairs.
Bright kitchen with a curved island bar fitted with dual sink and illuminated by pendant lights that hung from the tray ceiling framed with white crown moldings.
Airy kitchen showcases multiple kitchen islands and wooden cabinetry along with full height glazing bringing plenty of natural light in.
Glass globe pendants illuminate this kitchen boasting white cabinetry and a natural wood center island fitted with white vessel sink and wine fridge.
This kitchen features a granite top breakfast island lighted by chrome pendants and surrounded with white cabinetry and a stainless steel double wall oven.
Cozy kitchen with white framed windows and hardwood flooring topped by kitchen runners. It includes light wood cabinetry that matches with the kitchen island fitted with a sink and built-in shelving.
White cushioned stools sit at an immense breakfast island in this kitchen with white cabinetry and black dome pendants.
Two-tone kitchen showcases a gray central island along with rich wood cabinetry and peninsula lined with modern pendant lights and bar stools.
A series of mini glass globe pendants hang over the breakfast island in this kitchen with sleek cabinetry and gray counter chairs over the hardwood flooring.
This kitchen offers wooden cabinetry and a raised island bar lighted by a vintage pendant. It has marble tiled flooring and glazed windows allowing natural light in.
Cozy kitchen with a two-tier breakfast bar surrounded by matching cabinetry and cushioned counter chairs. It includes glass dome pendants and glazed windows covered with a translucent roman shade.
A closeup look at this kitchen with white cabinetry and a kitchen bar fitted with dual sink and chrome fixtures. It is illuminated by cylindrical pendants and recessed ceiling lights.
The warm kitchen filled with wooden cabinetry and a two-tier breakfast bar topped with granite counters and lighted by a glass pendant.
Marvelous kitchen features a sleek vent hood fixed on the linear mosaic tile backsplash along with a pair of caged pendants that hung over the marble countertop.
This kitchen showcases open shelving and white cabinetry contrasted with black backsplash and a central island that’s accompanied by wooden stools and pendant lights.
Wooden bar stools stand out in this clean white kitchen offering stainless steel appliances and glass globe pendants that hung over the breakfast island.
An angled side view of this kitchen with white cabinetry and gray breakfast bar paired with white cushioned stools and chrome pendant lights.
Dine-in kitchen with wood stained cabinetry and an L-shaped countertop fitted with dual sink and chrome faucet. It includes drum pendant lights and black dining set by the glass window covered with white blinds.
Black bar stools sit at a white breakfast island in this kitchen with glass globe pendants and white range hood fixed on the subway tile backsplash.
Open doorways lead to this kitchen filled with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. It is illuminated by glass pendants along with natural light that flows through the white-framed windows.
Fabulous kitchen accented with a yellow vase and counter chairs that sit at a dark wood breakfast bar lighted by cylindrical pendants and recessed lights.
Cozy eat-in kitchen with wood plank flooring and a French door that opens to the yard overlooking a breathtaking ocean view. It includes a vaulted ceiling mounted with recessed and pendant lights along with a sleek vent hood that stands over the cooktop.
A pair of glass pendants hang over the breakfast island in this kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and louvered windows covered with white draperies.
A closeup look at this kitchen featuring white breakfast bar paired with black leather chairs and lighted by glass pendants.
This kitchen showcases stainless steel appliances and granite countertops matching with the backsplash tiles. It has wood plank flooring and a white door that leads to the pantry.
The charming kitchen filled with chrome pendants and breakfast island along with white cabinetry accented by linear mosaic backsplash tiles.
Gourmet kitchen decorated with black framed wall art and glass pendants that hung over the dark wood island bar topped with a marble counter and stylish bowl.
It’s not rocket science. I’m sure after checking out our gallery you get a sense of what pendant lights are. They are lights that hang or are suspended from the ceiling or some other overhead object by a cord, chain, rope or something similar. Generally, there are 2 or more in the kitchen in a straight line. These are a popular form of light for illuminating kitchen islands.
Where are pendant lights typically placed in the kitchen?
Typically they’re hung in a line of two or more over a kitchen island or peninsula. The line of lights follows the length of the island or peninsula. The lines it creates in the upper sphere of the kitchen is pleasing to the eye.
There are 12 main types of pendant lights for kitchen designs. Moreover, the example photos before really don’t do each type of justice since within each type their subtypes, different colors, different types of bulbs and different colors. It’s astonishing how many different lights there are.
Uplight pendant lights shine the light upwards creating an ambient light. This is not a typical kitchen option.
Downlight types shine light downward. This is the usual type for a kitchen because it shines a light on the counter surfaces where you need to see.
Island pendant lights are a type with 2 or more light scones on a single light. Island styles with 3 or more scones kind of have a chandelier effect. Moreover, if you have room for one pendant light, it’s best to get the island type.
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