Oversized Kitchen Pendants- 12 Statement Makers

When it comes to kitchen lighting, I DO declare blown-glass mini pendants OVER.  Instead, I Love to see an oversized fixture above the kitchen island.  If space allows, push the limits a little with a 12” diameter or larger piece.  Hang it at an appropriate height that won’t interfere with kitchen prep and let it make a statement.  

(Depending on the size your island, lights can be hung 30” off the island and higher. For bigger lights I would do at least 36″ above)

I’m shopping pendants for my petite 54″ island and I would happily use any of the ones shown below…

1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12

TIP- for layered, collected feel, contrast your lighting with your kitchen style.  Meaning- if your kitchen is traditional, mix in some modern lights.  Or if your kitchen is more modern, hang up some crystally goodness!  If your cabinets, counters and backsplash are all white, why not have a llittle fun with a red lantern?

I was leaning towards the simple glass and brass globe pendants (#2), but since my kitchen is so modern (slab doors, modern stools) I’m thinking about adding a little sparkle with pendant #1 instead.

PS- Continuing with the “mixed theme” I’m planning to do a modern fixture over my dining table, which is open to my kitchen.  Favoring #6 for my table


Colorful lighting pops in a white kitchen.

Does anyone know the source for this stunning kitchen?

Urban Grace Interiors/ Coastal Living
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  2. Rachel

    Those green pendants are da bomb.

    Great advice and inspiration Naomi, thank you!

  3. Anonymous

    Holy Cow! Too many beautiful lighting choices. I love all the them!


  4. I second that declarations. All of these are unbelievably stunning! Now I desperately want to replace mine! We are getting a small peninsula made and I want to put something great over it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Wow, don’t know the source of this stunning kitchen but I’m in love!!!
    Let me know if you reach to know the source as I adore those green glass chandeliers ♥
    Happy Thanks Giving!

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  7. I am all about mixing modern and traditional in our homes, to keep it from becoming too.overwhelming and to give it personality. A few days ago I spoke about my plans for the kitchen, I’m gonna do all modern cabinets with touches of vintage or traditional. I plan to add a colorful vintage credenza in the mix, along with a pair of vintage pendants! Your choices are very inspirational for my plan! Thank you for sharing! If you want you can check my blog out and find out my preferences as a Romanian-home-decor-design lover. Hugs!

  8. Kristen

    OMG would seriously take 1-9. LOVE all of them.

  9. @Christine- 7 would be super fab for my island but is over my budget. Would love to use it for someone else.

  10. Erin

    1, 6 and 10 all float my boat. Can’t go wrong!

  11. Kat

    Love that Serena & Lily pendant. Actually thought about getting it for over our tub but stuck to our original plan–an antique Moravian star. I’m lovin’ your recent posts about the cottage!

  12. Anonymous

    Wholeheartedly agree that blown glass pendants are overexposed and clicheed.

  13. Fatou

    Love all your selections!

  14. Love all of these!! I agree doing it at 36″… I think #2 or #6 would look stunning in your kitchen!

  15. You know I LOVE mixed lighting styles- any chance I can convince you to use #7 somewhere- love!

  16. Love the idea of mixing styles- doing a more modern style in a traditional kitchen, and vise versa. I love colorful pedants, too!

  17. You are always a wealth of sources and inspiration! Love all your choices (of course). My island currently has recessed/can lighting over it that is not centered (meaning it’s more toward the back of the island). I always wanted to do pendants but thought it would be a major expense because it would require moving the current lights. Uggh. Still not sure. Can’t wait to see yours!

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