Kitchen Chandeliers, Pendants and Under-Cabinet Lighting

The perfect lighting is a must-have ingredient for creating a beautiful kitchen.
By: Caitlin Kelly

Photo By: Jose R Lopez

Photo By: Jose R Lopez

Enameled Lamps

Jim Dixon, an architect in upstate New York, included these antique dark-green enameled hanging lamps, sourced from a local dealer, Sandy Klempner, for a country-style kitchen. “They were originally in a Hudson Valley factory but were then restored,” says Dixon. “We love the look — industrial but not cold. And the pop of color is a welcome addition to the white cabinetry and the exposed beams.” The kitchen is also lit by unobtrusive white track lighting.

Timeless Lanterns

Charlotte, N.C.-based design firm Carolina Design Associates created this traditional kitchen using the Lantern and Scroll lamp from the John Street Collection. The copper lanterns are the same warm-colored material as the room’s copper stove hood (not pictured), with a classic, timeless and stately style as a focal point. The copper also picks up on the rosy tone of the stained wood floor and the wood of the stools and island base. The lanterns offer sufficient lighting without the additional illumination of the ceiling’s recessed cans.

Gold Sconces

In business since 1984, Victoria, British Columbia-based Griffin Designs added a glowing gold sconce to the end of a kitchen island. It adds warmth and style, visually defining a cozy spot in which to eat or read, in addition to the room’s classic under-cabinet lighting and recessed ceiling cans.

More Than One Source

Bruce Woolf, a Westchester, N.Y., builder, created this kitchen for his own home, incorporating a curved, indented coffered ceiling to add interest to the two clear glass lamps from Pottery Barn hanging over a central marble island. There are four light sources in the room: four-inch-wide low-voltage floodlights, about $250 each; two pendant lights; recessed lighting in the cabinet soffit above the sink; and under-cabinet lighting throughout the kitchen

Beautiful Backplates

In addition to xenon under-cabinet and in-cabinet lights, Charlotte, N.C.-based firm Carolina Design Associates chose this elegant, simple sconce, with a traditional metal backplate from Hinkley Lighting’s Sussex Collection, $238. It adds both light and style to the sink area in this classic, tailored, cream-colored kitchen.

Colored Pendants

These orange and red glass pendants, made by father-and-son team Roger and Trevor Crosta of Manzanita, Ore., add a warm glow and splash of color to this modern kitchen. The Crostas are the only private art glass studio in the U.S. who make this obscure Venetian-style glass, which looks intriguingly ancient even when brand new. They offer a wide range of styles and colors in pendants, posts and sconces priced between $300 and $325.

Chic Chandeliers

Chappaqua, N.Y., builder and kitchen designer Bruce Woolf of Quaker Road Associates chose this pair of stunning yellow glass chandeliers for a client whose traditional, European-style kitchen needed something grand and in scale with the large space. Notice how the yellow crystal knobs on the upper cabinets match the color and material of the yellow pendants on the chandeliers. The kitchen has three light sources: under-cabinet, recessed five-inch-diameter ceiling lights and the two chandeliers.

Splashes of Light

Manhattan interior designer Stephanie Stokes faced a serious challenge when designing this 49-square-foot kitchen in a Park Avenue apartment in New York City. She mirrored the backsplash to brighten and enlarge the space and used energy-efficient LED bulbs under the cabinets.

Industrial Pendants

This trio of Andover pendants offers a slightly industrial look. Here they’re used as part of a kitchen design by Chicago-based Mick DeGiulio. The pendants are designed by Ralph Lauren, sold by Circa Lighting and range in price from $440.00 for the small (8") size to $704.00 for the large (12") size. Photo by Chris Eckert; used courtesy of House Beautiful

Custom Sconces

These gorgeous polished stainless steel uplight sconces are a custom design created by Chicago kitchen designer Mike De Giulio and manufactured for him by his 15-member crew of metalsmiths in the cornfields of Michigan. Smooth, gleaming metal curves offer an unusual but elegant look, echoing the room’s shine of glass, tile and marble. Photo by Dave Burk, Hedrich Blessing