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3 Ways to Light a Kitchen Island

In many cases, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a kitchen island is the perfect place to get together with family when returning from work or school, having a drink or preparing a meal. Having your kitchen island be properly illuminated is essential to making it the ideal space for any of these tasks or for it just being a popular hangout spot among family and friends. Here are three of our ideas to make the most of your kitchen island with different types of contemporary and modern lighting.


Inari Pendant Light by Bover 1

Pendant Lighting

To add some personality to your kitchen, pendant lighting can be both functional and stylish.  Multiple pendant lights will hang decoratively above your kitchen island, ensuring that you have enough light to work by.

Pendant lights can make a big statement in a room, especially if you like drum or bowl pendants or elaborate multi-light pendants, so consider the size of your kitchen and work space before deciding on the appropriate lighting arrangement.

Larmes Mini Pendant by ET2 Lighting 2

Mini Pendant Lights

If you have a short, narrow island or a small kitchen space, mini pendant lights are a good choice because they can provide a style statement in a subtle way while still giving you enough illumination for your needs.


Whether you prefer a classic look, something retro, a burst of color or sparkle, or a contemporary style, pendant lights can set the mood you want in your kitchen.  If energy efficiency is a feature of your home, choose modern, long-lasting LED mini pendants.

Corso LED Linear Suspension by Sonneman Lighting 3

Linear Suspension Lighting

For a clean, uncluttered look, linear suspension lights are suitable for hovering over a long island in a large kitchen and providing enough down light to illuminate the whole length of the work surface.  Bright enough for detailed food preparation and recipe book reading, linear lights are both practical and elegant.

If you use the island as a family space for homework, eating meals or snacks, or spending time together while preparing food, linear lighting will create a well-lit space where people naturally gather together.

Other Ways to Illuminate Your Kitchen

Lighting in the kitchen can be accomplished with more than just island light fixtures -- look to the mix of chandeliers, bowl pendants, drum pendants, track lighting, recessed lighting and flush ceiling lights for more great options. And keep your kitchen counters brightly illuminated with an LED under cabinet light system.