10 Rustic Pendant Lighting Ideas to Dress Up Your Kitchen Island

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A rustic pendant light can be a game changer for your kitchen island. Along with bringing a dash of farmhouse flair to your kitchen island, a country-style pendant also supplies overhead lighting when you're prepping food.

Not sure what we mean? From cage lights to distressed wood chandeliers, scroll down for 10 rustic pendant lighting ideas that will transform your kitchen island into a chic (and well-lit) scene.

1. Find a cagey pendant.

Searching for a stylish way to dress up a small kitchen island? A linear pendant light with open, cage-like metal shades adds a dash of industrial drama to your kitchen island without overpowering the space.

Get the look: Cosima 4-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant, $279.99

2. Pickled wood FTW.

If you aren't already familiar with pickled wood, then now's the time to smarten up. Featuring a slightly whitewashed style of distressing, pendant lights with pickled wood details bring a pop of rustic personality to any style of kitchen.

Get the look: Pickled Wood and Clear Glass Pendant, $149

3. Look for iron details.

An eye-catching pendant with industrial iron rods and clear glass shades creates a chic farmhouse-style display above a kitchen island.

Get the look: Dennis 5-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant, $319.99

4. Distressed wood all the way.

Nothing makes a rustic statement in a room like a chandelier with a distressed wood frame. Hang an openwork wood pendant light with a distressed finish above your kitchen island to add some farmhouse charm to the space.

Get the look: The Gray Barn Horse Hollow 1-light Distressed Wood Hanging Pendant, $153.49

5. Try a pendant with bowl-shaped shades.

Whether you're in the market for a farmhouse-inspired pendant light or an industrial style one, a linear metal chandelier with bowl-shaped shades livens up a kitchen island while bringing a touch of texture to the space.

Get the look: Linear Pot Lid Pendant, $189.99

6. Know the ropes.

A little bit of rope goes a long way on a pendant light. Look for a wood chandelier with rope-covered hanging rods to bring a hint of farmhouse flair to your kitchen island.

Get the look: Halloway 4-Light Kitchen Island Pendant, $280

7. Make a statement with metal.

Let a clean-lined metal pendant light with a sleek metallic finish, such as brushed brass or gold, do the talking in a compact kitchen island space.

Get the look: Greeley 3-Light Kitchen Island Linear Pendant, $358.62

8. Try a pendant light with a textured metal shade.

Few light fixtures provide more rustic charm than a pendant light with a textured metal shade. Look for a chandelier with a riveted metal drum shade to usher some industrial-chic vibes into your kitchen.

Get the look: Alloro 5-Light Kitchen Island Pendant, $389.99

9. Go for a geometric chandelier with farmhouse appeal.

You can always count on a commanding, country-style chandelier to dress up a kitchen island. A geometric pendant light with distressed wood paneling doubles as a rustic focal point in any size or style of kitchen.

Get the look: Emaria 4-Light Statement Geometric Chandelier, $285.99

10. Consider a chandelier with jar-shaped shades.

The only thing better than a rustic pendant light is one with jar-shaped shades. A chandelier clad in simple clear glass jars turns a humdrum kitchen island into a farmhouse-style scene in no time.

Get the look: The Gray Barn Heavenly Winds 3-light Glass Jar Kitchen Island Light, $196.49


Caroline Biggs is a writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, and more.

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