Monday, August 1, 2011

Kitchen Island Chandeliers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We've blogged about various kitchen island lighting styles before (read it here), but today we're looking just at the chandelier as an option for illuminating this busy working/eating spot.

See below for our round-up of images and critiques!

Absolute perfection...  This waterfall crystal chandelier is to die for, the scale is perfect, and the rest of the kitchen appropriately takes a backseat to its awesomeness.

Pretty decent.  Clearly they were looking for the vintage eclectic chic look, and I think they pulled it off. The lighting stands in stark contrast in spirit to much of the rest of the space, but it's purposeful and it works.  Plus nine out of ten people will be staring at the stuffed pheasant (peacock? I don't know?) on the fridge and miss out on the lighting altogether.

Just gorgeous - love how the shape and feel of the chandelier are mimicked in the wallpaper.  Kind of wish the gold/brass of the chandelier arms was carried over elsewhere in the room as opposed to all the exclusively stainless steel + silver accents in the cupboard and on the island.  

Umm, love.  A tad concerned this light fixture (available through Oly and Restoration Hardware) is very trendy (is it on the way out?), but I do still love it so far.  

Love the scale and the shape - the black strikes me a stark choice, though, and I think I'd lower it at least a few inches...

Just way too shabby chic...

I think, but am not sure, that this can be attributed to the Novogratzs.  In which case it makes sense that it doesn't make sense.

I want to like this, I really do.  There's just something about the shiny black fixture against the country blue that is reading very goth/scary.


1 comment:

  1. I love chandeliers in the kitchen. I dont know why its not as popular as the other rooms but i think they look great. You provide some good tips and info. I think its all about finding the right one for the kitchen