There is such a broad range of lighting solutions for rooms and depending on what room you’re looking to light up, different styles will have different impacts on the ambience of a room. So, I decided to focus on some of my favourite picks of lighting for a dining room setting or kitchen island. Lighting up the dining room table or kitchen island seems to be the most sought-after. Lighting can serve very specific functions and the amount of lighting we want our fixture to provide is all persona preference. Some of us want lots of light to fill the room, while others want a soft and mood-setting ambience. The lights I selected a range in style and lighting capacity, so keep in mind your personal preferences and the function of your light when choosing a style for your space. You will see my selection below ranges anywhere from very modern to slightly retro and classic to fun and playful or bold. It all depends on the expression you want to have in your space. Here are a few of my favourite dining/kitchen lighting selections to hopefully inspire if you’re in the market for new feature lighting.
Buri Buld Large
Natural materials are shaped into dramatic forms as lighting pendants. The Buri Buld gives definitive character to a room and can add a bit of bohemia and softness that invites you to have a coffee and stay longer to chat under this soft-down cast light. This is a large pendant light and deserves lots of room. 35” D x 37” T. It is however available in other sizes.
What attracted me to the Flat Pendant light by Viba is its reflective lighting effect. It was designed by Ichiro Iwasaki. I like how this light is stacked shapes that almost float freely in the air. It’s made of aluminum discs and a stem from which light cascades off the reflective surfaces. The simplicity of its profile is elegant and makes a statement without taking over a space. It floats above a table and reflects light down and outward from the metal planes. A good option if you don’t like direct light in your eye. The disc is just over 15” wide and about 31” tall
Another linear possibility for the kitchen island or dining room is the Pipeline by AndLight. It comes in a few length options starting at 16″W, 49” W and even longer if you’re having a board meeting. It has a bit of a more weighted presence and emits light from an adjacent diffuser designed to soften the LED light. Slightly an organic shape linear pendant that can work in a formal or informal setting. Again, for business or pleasure in the home, it dresses up a room nicely.
Warm and subdued lighting especially with this amber glass blown shape exterior. The Vetra pendant casts a warm and inviting downlight through the reflective interior but also emanates some warmth through the glass shade. Slight milieus of the ’80s is never a bad thing. I think it would look amazing over a round table.
Dimensions are 5.94″ H x 12.59″ D
If you like the exposed bulb look, one that I don’t tend to gravitate towards, but make an exception for this pendant because of the shade the compliments it. I love the smoky or white diffuser shade in both colours of the Lido by GUS. Two colour options translucent Smoke Acrylic or the opaquer White/Frosted Acrylic combination create unique plays of light that are particularly striking over a dining table.
36″ L x 10″T, 5″W
A sleek and timeless look. I find this linear style a refreshing update and alternative to an island pendant. This style was once reserved for the office but is gaining more popularity in the residential home kitchen island. The Vega does the job of giving lots of light with minimal intrusion or hardware. The Vega comes in 4 different finishes, Black, Brushed Nickel, Gold and White. All safe bets.
The dimensions are 45″L x 3/4″W x1-1/2″H
ENTRA™ 2″ LED
If you’re over the whole pendant look, consider installing semi-flush ceiling-mounted lighting with adjustable heads like the ENTRA™ 2″ LED light. These can be mounted on the ceiling, (wiring required by your electrician) and used as a light source just the same as a pendent or an alternative to pot lights. I really like this look as an alternative to recessed pot lights. And the adjustable heads allow you to direct your lighting where you want it. To a table or to art on the wall for example. These come in 3 different finishes and are a pretty new offering from Tech Lighting.
The dimensions are 2” W x 6” L
Mezz Pendant Smoke
I really want to put this light into someone’s kitchen or bathroom even. I love the profile of the transparent glass with the diffused interior light source. The shape is sleek and modern yet it’s a nice size to use in smaller spaces. The Mezz scales at 8” in height and 6.6″” in width and is low glare with its LED-powered light.
Spinning BH1 & BH2
I present the BH1 and BH2 together as multiple pairings that can be an interesting design feature to mix and match your pendant lights. It also is a step away from pure modern to a bit of a nod to a traditional look. A little more casual in its presence, but still striking, the Spinning pendants are a spun-metal lamp shade offered by Danish brand &Tradition. The dimensions for each size are as follows:
BH1 – 9.8″ x17.7″
BH2 – 15.7″ x 13.4″