Modern Pendant Lights for your Kitchen

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Thinking about remodeling your kitchen any time soon? Pendant lights are a great way to update the look of your kitchen, whether you are planning a major remodel or something on a much smaller scale. Go from drab to chic and show off your personal style at the same time! Pendant lights come in a variety of styles and are great if you're trying to achieve a contemporary or modern look. Pendant lights can be suspended from the ceiling over a countertop, bar or table, providing both general and task lighting. A nice pendant light can even provide romantic mood lighting if you opt for a style with a dimmer function. Here are some great ways to utilize pendant lights in your kitchen space.

  • The Kitchen Table: Updating the lighting over your kitchen table is such a quick fix. It's important to consider the size of your kitchen table before choosing a pendant light. You want your light to look proportionate next to the table; in fact it's probably a good idea to center it over your kitchen table.

As far as finishes for your modern pendant light, you can easily class things up by choosing a pendant light with chrome, aluminum or brushed nickel finish. A smooth, metallic and glass fixture is quintessential modern style; just make sure that you choose a light without any ornate detailing. Modern style is typically very minimalistic. If you are looking to make more of a statement at your kitchen table, consider something bolder. Contemporary designer George Kovacs has a beautiful line of chrome-finished pendant fixtures that are flashier and edgier than your average kitchen lighting. The beautiful LK172 Pendant Lamp from modern Danish design house Le Klint is another ultra-modern option for you to consider. Stark white, LK172's shade features folded pleats that conjure up thoughts of a nice whipped cream sundae topping. Prominently featured everywhere from chic eateries, decor magazines and television shows, LK172 is modern elegance defined.

  • The Breakfast Bar or Kitchen Island: Pendant light fixtures are perfect if you have a long, flat surface that requires good task lighting. A pendant light strip from Zaneen Lighting or Estiluz would work well if you wanted to use a single fixture over your breakfast bar or kitchen island. A string of two, three or four pendant lights (depending on how long your space is) would also be suitable, allowing you more design creativity. By choosing a different color shade for each light, you'd add a splash of color and personality to your kitchen. LBL Lighting, Lite Source and George Kovacs make some beautiful colorful glass pendants. Centered perfectly over your island, a pendant light can really accentuate the natural beauty of a granite or stone countertop.
  • Eco Friendly Pendant Lights: If you are attempting to make your new kitchen more eco-friendly, pendant lights are a great way to do this! Energy-efficient Energy Star technology is being incorporated into more pendant light fixtures, which combined with cooler-burning LED lights can make for a much "greener" kitchen! Progress Lighting and ET2 are two lighting manufacturers that specialize in classy-looking LED kitchen pendants. It's also important to keep in mind what materials your pendant lights are made out of. Paper Cloud makes a beautiful line of hand-printed linen/paper pendants that are perfect for any kitchen. While the definition of what makes something "modern decor" might be a little grey, there's no question that a "green" kitchen is a modern kitchen.