Lighting technology has come a long way since Thomas Edison invented the first lightbulb in 1879. Today lighting is not only a functional tool but also an important design element.

Lights Are Becoming Pieces of Art

Traditionally, the typical pendant light installation over a kitchen island has been three small pendant lights. However, recently kitchen designs are trending toward large, over-scale light fixtures and very decorative pendants that are the focal point of a room, the trend is toward fewer lights that are larger scale like a piece of artwork.

Pendant Lights over a ktichen penninsula in a modern urban loft kitchen design.

The traditional 3 pendant light design is a great way to light up an entire workspace and add beauty to the work zone.

There are many ways to incorporate lighting in kitchen design but there are clearly two trending ways designers are using to incorporate artistically oversized lights. I’d like to shed some light on these two popular methods, using Double and Single oversized light fixtures.

Double the Drama with Dualing Large-Scale Lights

Doubling up two large pendant lights eliminates the need for 3 small lights and helps stretch lighting across a longer space like a kitchen island, table, or peninsula. Here are a few examples of kitchen lighting over a countertop space with large-scale double light fixtures that are the main design element or “eye-candy” for the room.

Two overzied black light shades on pendant lights over a kitchen island. Kitchen design trends to co

A modern danish style kitchen with scandinavian pendant lights over the shiplap kitchen island with an X Island End Cap.

For an extra-long countertop, like this grand sized kitchen island, you may want to use 3 oversized pendant lights to evenly light the space.

For an extra-long countertop, like this grand sized kitchen island, you may want to use 3 oversized pendant lights to evenly light the space.

One Oversized Hanging Light 

For an even more dramatic look, one gigantic oversized light fixture can be used to create a center focal point. Here are a few fantastic examples of kitchen designs that feature stunning and dramatic single light installations!

Kitchen design by Helena Steele of Golden Gate Kitchens, California. Interior Design by Susan Love D

Using Large-Scale Lights to Define an Open Floor Plan

With the increasing popularity of open floor plans and tall ceilings, large-scaled pendant lights help create an eye-catching element that also helps define an area or a workspace. In some open concept homes, you may find the use of both Double Pendants and Single to define the different spaces within the open floor plan.

This Dura Supreme kitchen design features dual oversized pendant lights to add function and beauty to the kitchen island while an even larger single light defines the breakfast nook area.

This Dura Supreme kitchen design features dual oversized pendant lights to add function and beauty to the kitchen island while an even larger single light defines the breakfast nook area.

There are plenty of options for oversized pendant lighting if you’re looking to create a specific look that will stand the test of time. How will you define your space and accentuate your home with oversized pendant light fixtures?

A kitchen breakfast nook with a large beautiful pendant light over the kitchen table with banquette seating with cabinetry boot bench seats.

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