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Finding the Perfect Pendant Light for a Kitchen

By Lorigilder @lorigilder

Last week I told you a bit about the kitchen renovation project on which I’ve been working, particularly integrating a custom range hood into the design to use as a focal point.  This week, we face another design decision: sourcing the perfect pendant lights to complement the cabinetry, countertop surfaces, backsplash and of course the metal range hood.  We will be looking for fixtures to suspend over the island, the peninsula and banquette.

Pendant lights come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, shapes and finishes and like the pendant on a necklace, they can be an ornamental and beautiful addition to a room – and in this case highly functional!

Because pendant lights come in so many varieties, it can sometimes pose a challenge to narrow down the options when deciding on a particular style of light for your home.  My client would love to introduce vintage influences into this kitchen design so we were able to narrow our focus to finding lighting options with vintage qualities.  I love these vendors and wanted to share these sources with you.

Here are just a few that have caught my eye for various reasons:

Circa Lighting

Founded in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia, Circa Lighting is a fantastic source for classic pendant light designs with a touch of vintage flair.  I love these : the Large Country Industrial Pendant, the Yoke Pendant, and the Grosvenor Single Pendant.

Large Country Industrial Pendant

Yoke Pendant

Grosvenor Large Single Pendant

Hudson Valley Lighting

Vintage style lighting is one of Hudson Valley Lighting’s specialties, and their light fixtures have a lot of subtle details that distinguish them from competitors.  The Pelham pendant light is available in a multitude of finishes.

Pelham Pendant


Zia-Priven was created by a husband and wife team of designers, Marcia Zia and Paul Priven. This transitional style is distinctive, full of  warmth blended with understated elegance (no vintage qualities here).  I just love this line.

Fairmont Pendant

Which pendant light do you think is the best choice?  Share your opinion in the comments; I would love to hear from you!

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