13 Pendant Lights for Your Kitchen Island

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The kitchen is essentially the centerpiece of any home. It's where you display your culinary prowess, while talking about your day, and enjoying a quick nibble. Located right in the middle of such an integral space is the kitchen island, so you want to be sure to give it the attention it deserves. There's no better way to highlight its importance than with one (or three) thoughtfully selected pendant lights. Here are 13 beautiful pendant light options that will not only illuminate your island with style, but will also add a warm layer of texture and character to your overall design.

1. Loft Pendant Light from CB2, $149

Reminiscent of a light jar, this tapered glass shade pendant topped with warm wood is a simple yet gorgeous complement to your kitchen island's cool marble countertop.

2. Open Box Stanley 3 Copper Pendant from Horne, $647.40

Made of hand-spun copper and finished with a hammered texture, the Stanley 3 Copper Pendant is an elegant piece of craftmanship that will make your kitchen stand out from the crowd.

3. Justina Blakeney Vela Pendant from Lulu & Georgia, $113

We are obsessed with this pendant light designed by Los Angeles based designer, artist, and writer extraordinaire, Justina Blakeney of the blog The Jungalow. Reminiscent of her signature bohemian style, this wire and iron pendant does not disappoint.

4. Liuku Drop Pendant with Violet Glass from Consort Design, $450

The Liuku Drop Pendant, made with mouth-blown glass and alder wood, was inspired by contemporary design. These elegant fixtures work well grouped together in a cluster, or arranged in a single row. Either way, these violet colored gems would be a stunning addition.

5. Aksel 6 Light Pendant from Beacon Lighting, $895

Looking to add a little drama to your kitchen? Well, look no further! The Aksel Six Light Pendant is a the statement piece to turn your island dreams into a reality. Inspired by midcentury design, the arms of this pendant are adjustable, enabling you to create your own unique design perfect for your space.

6. Pablo Designs Swell 1-Light Pendant from All Modern, $249

The understated beauty of the Swell Pendant's undulating lines make this fixture one of our favorites. Made from spun aluminum complemented by a chic brass interior, this pendant can be hung individually or it can be mixed and matched with other shade designs and colors from the Swell collection to create a really lovely grouping.

7. Monetrosso Pendant from Lulu & Georgia, $264

Visually stimulating and perfect for a modern kitchen, the geometric webbing of the Monetrosso Pendant's intricate design has captured our hearts.

8. Drop Pendant from Jayson Home, starting at $350

Don't be too quick to judge this industrial beauty. The blackened steel dome of this drop pendant might seem a little dark and heavy at first, but when you take a closer look, you are met with the radiant gold finish interior that gives this fixture the hint of glamour you've been looking for.

9. Tom Dixon Copper Shade Pendant from Design Within Reach, starting at $460

Check out that reflection! The mirror finish of the Copper Shade Pendant was born out of designer Tom Dixon's fascination with a high-tech process used to make sunglasses. This striking pendant works well either by itself or clustered as a group to create a bold statement piece.

10. Cone Cascade Pendant from Dwell Studio, $436.99

In this case, three is definitely not a crowd! This sculptural three-in-one light fixture was inspired by the sophistication and glamour of midcentury design. The black and brass tapered cones grouped together create more than just a visually dynamic cascading chandelier. They create a suspended piece of art right in the center of your kitchen.

11. Headlands Pendant from Serena and Lily, $318

Whether your style is boho chic or beach casual, this open weave bell shaped pendant is a must! The clean simplicity, commonly seen in Scandinavian design, combined with the cozy warmth of natural rattan works in harmony to keep the overall design light and fresh.

12. Utility Cage Pendant from Schoolhouse, $139

Hand-built in Portland, Oregon, the Utility Cage Pendant's beauty lies in the details of its honest design. Whether it is a workbench or a kitchen island, this humble, utilitarian fixture is versatile enough to look great in both settings. Stripped down to the basics, this is a perfect accent for an industrial aesthetic, and can stand alone to provide an ambient glow or be grouped together in a cluster.

13. Muuto Unfold Lamp from Luisaviaroma, $225

The creative design team at Muuto, which means "new perspective" in Finnish, prides itself on using "forward-looking materials, techniques and bold creative thinking...to deliver new perspectives on Scandinavian design." The Unfold Lamp is a perfect example of this ethos come to life. Made of soft silicone rubber instead of metal, this industrial pendant is a fun and quirky way to brighten up your kitchen.


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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