The suspense is thrilling me
A suspended fixture adds a sculptural element and provides specific task lighting in the double height kitchen area of this family home
Fade pendants lift this design in two ways
Three Fade pendants match the scale of the 4.6m long island in this design, while their gold tones complement the use of stainless steel
The bulkhead over this kitchen island meets several needs
This bulkhead does more than just help define a kitchen’s workspace – read the story to find out its other important roles
A long, linear pendant gives new meaning to task lighting in this kitchen
The island, cooktop, and tall cabinetry fixture are all perfectly balanced around a central axis in this kitchen by designer Leonie Metge. A long, minimalist pendant light accentuates the design orientation
Crisp and contemporary, this kitchen avoids fussy details such as cabinetry handles for a clean, almost sculptural aesthetic – lighting
While this kitchen avoids fussy details for a clean look, the Y Chandelier, by Douglas & Bec, offers some design swagger in its own right
Maximising a sense of space and light – kitchen, lighting
This kitchen’s veined quartzite benchtops and dark brown-toned island and rear cabinetry make a material statement. Black pendants add to the two-tone decor
Light in the darkness
Pendant lights add glamour while LED strip lighting in the rear panelling offers an ethereal touch and doubles as a night light In this kitchen by William Landeros and Jed MacKenzie
Light all round
Does your kitchen have all the different types of lighting it needs? For this kitchen, designer Leonie Metge installed specific task lighting above the island and cooktop, ambient lighting around the splashback and underbench lighting to give the island definition.
Highlighting your best features
In this TIDA-winning kitchen design by whole-house architect Eliska Lewis, recessed track spots provide both task and mood lighting and also highlight the rich black, honed marble countertop.
All in the details
A traditional Hamptons aesthetic – in a slightly parred back form – was introduced ito connect with the detail-rich Queenslander home it forms part of. The pendant lighting over the island played a part in this.
Light and heavy
White and wood surfaces are matched with a substantial concrete-look benchtop and Aplomb concrete pendants by Foscarini.
Less can indeed be more
Task lighting over the island is often a must in a kitchen design but you don’t want it to detract from the wider scheme of things. Here, a long, linear pendant provides adequate lighting – assisted by the skylight –– in a design by Bijl Architects. The slender nature of the light downplays its presence, particularly in an environment that has other long metal elements, the window design included.
Even beautiful can be improved on – light fantastic
Together with ceiling spot lights, this kitchen benefits from LED strips under the waterfall island benchtop and rear wall cabinetry. A sculptural contemporary pendant sets off the space.
This kitchen accentuates its long, linear nature at every turn – even with the lighting. The pendant light over the island was custom designed to length to complement the wider look.
Make it three
Why do so many kitchen islands have three pendant lights above? It's an arrangement that gives a visual balance as well as a good spread of task lighting
Space and light
A dramatic pendant draws attention to the scale of this double height volume, part of the wider environment for a kitchen designed by Pepper Design.
You definitely need good task lighting on your kitchen worktops – but lighting fixtures can also play a major part in your kitchen's overall look. Here that's achieved by two oversized pendants adding to the symmetrical design of this kitchen.