Everything you need to know about Kitchen Pendants
Your kitchen has to be one of the most functional spaces in your home. It’s all well and good to make it look pretty in pictures, but you also have to be able to live and function in that space! Nobody wants to be working in their own shadow when they cook or open the mail. Luckily you don’t have to choose: kitchen pendant lights let you have both functionality and beauty.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you choose pendant lights for your kitchen:
- - Ensure you are going to have sufficient light.
- - Choose your bulbs carefully: do you want intensity or ambience?
- - Make sure your pendants are the correct size for your space.
These rules must be followed to make sure you end up with something that looks fabulous in your space. If you skip them and just buy the first pendant that catches your eye online, you run the risk of ending up with the wrong lights for your space and buyer’s remorse. It’s always better to think it through carefully ahead of time and end up with the perfect solution.
Making sure You have Sufficient Light
Australians have a tendency to over-light spaces, but the kitchen is the place to let that habit loose. Whatever you do, don’t under-light your kitchen! The pendant lights over your kitchen island are some of the most important lights in the house. This truly is the most functional part of your home. From grabbing a quick breakfast to helping your kids with their homework, you need to be able to see what you’re doing at all times.
The perfect kitchen lighting setup should offer both directional lighting and ambient lighting. This can be achieved a few different ways:
- - Clear glass kitchen pendants offer an ambient glow with light reflected off the walls and ceiling.
- - An LED profile extending the length of your benchtop or kitchen island can offer consistent downward-
- facing light along the entire surface.
- - A combination of down lights and ambient kitchen pendant lights can be used to provide different kinds of lighting.
Of course, any decision about kitchen pendants should take aesthetics into consideration, but it is essential that you consider light output and the functionality of your kitchen pendant lights first.
Choosing Your Bulbs Carefully
Exposed bulb pendants are one of the most popular ways to provide ambient light in the home. This can be a great option, but you need to think very carefully about your choice of light bulb. Exposed carbon filament bulbs with a warm tone are extremely popular throughout the home but are not usually the best choice for your kitchen. This is especially true for pendants over kitchen islands or other highly functional areas. The warmth of a filament bulb can distort the colour of anything in its midst, which can make cooking difficult.
Light bulbs come in different tones, but they also come in different levels of intensity. Make sure you select a bulb that is bright enough that you can see what you are doing at all times while working in the kitchen. The exact number of lumens will vary depending how large your kitchen is, how many lights are installed, and where the bulb is situated in the room, so be wary of people giving precise numbers online. Be just as spatially aware when you choose your bulbs as when you choose your light fittings.
It is also a good idea to think about the option of LED light bulbs in your kitchen. Kitchen lights are often on for long periods of time and energy efficiency is important. Lighting Lighting Lighting pendant lights can be made energy efficient, so make sure you consider the option when purchasing.
Making sure Your Pendants are the Correct Size
Pendant lights are at their best when they have enough suspension to create movement and fluidity. This can be a problem, since ceiling heights in Australia are often low and giant feature pendants are on trend.
A huge pendant on a short cord can look out of place, even silly.
If your ceilings are the standard 2.5m, you might need to consider mini pendant lights in the kitchen. A smaller pendant allows you to give it more suspension and keep everything looking proportionate. It’s always important to be aware of the size and scope of your space and make lighting choices holistically, especially when dealing with pendant lights that drop down into your line of sight.
Kitchen Pendant Trend
Black Kitchen Pendants
Black kitchen pendants are on trend, and for good reason. There are heaps of options that fall within this trend: industrial kitchen pendants are one of the most popular examples. Black pendants let you echo black appliances, black tapware and other trending kitchen features. They also contrast beautifully with white Caesarstone benchtops.
A monochrome base is a shortcut to style that lets you add pops of colour later on and change your decor up around it. Of course, one of the benefits of pendant lights is that you can switch them with relative ease too. That means it’s easy to swap to red kitchen pendants if the mood strikes.
Pendants made from clear materials are extremely popular, particularly glass or crystal kitchen pendants.
These materials add sparkle and luxury to the kitchen, and also serve a practical purpose by creating ambient light while lighting the space evenly for task lighting.
This makes them perfect for lighting kitchen islands and other functional spaces.
Metallic Kitchen Pendants
Metallic features are in demand for every corner of the home, and metallic pendant lights are a popular example in the kitchen.
Copper, bronze and brass are all trending, while steel pendant lights are also popular in the kitchen.
Metallic pendants add texture and contrast without the risk of colour, and let you work with the metal of appliances and tapware to create a cohesive look.
When chosen correctly, kitchen pendant lights are the perfect meeting of function and style. Focus on the practicalities when you’re planning your purchase to take your lighting design beyond photo-ready, complete your kitchen and make it a place you love to spend time.