Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kitchen lights: Yes or No.

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67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Resounding NO to #1.

Lena said...

Love #4 the most by far. And #3? It's like wearing a sheer shirt with your bra showing -- tacky and dated!

the quarter rat said...

A strong NO to all except #4, and then only in a nickel or flat finish.

cats said...

Yes to a light fixture! I used to just have recessed lights in my kitchen, but I just installed #4 and it makes me so happy. The whole room looks much more finished. I think the key is to go clean - I have to agree with the resounding no on #1.

mudrick said...

LOVE 6.

HATE 8.

Decorno said...

Quarter Rat - can you find a light for me to go with a white kitchen with marble counters.... please. I need help. I want a little bit of jewelry for the room, but it's slim pickins out there....

Jennifer said...

I have number 4 in my kitchen. It's easy to clean and looks great.

Nina79 said...

No, no, no. I like a more simple and industrial look for kitchens.

michelle said...

i have #7 and love it.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Yes to 4, no to all the rest. (Frankly, dining room-style chandeliers is kitchens is overdone—go with a classic like 4.) I have four similar ones in my kitchen, from Ikea and enjoy them immensely.

Jackie Von Tobel said...

#4 or #7 if it's for over your island. You want to be able to clean it easily, grease and dust build up - yuk!

Decorina said...

Yes! Just no downlights. They provide very poor quality light with shadows. Task lighting under cabinets where you need it and a great fixture over the island, as you said, as jewelry.

Anonymous said...

Number 7, but not with such a dressy shade.

Instead of overhead lights in my kitchen, I use a couple of those swing-arm thingies, and it's a much warmer light than overhead. You can put them in at any level, so they can provide task lighting or give a light like floor lamps.

Not a fan of overhead fixtures in general. People don't look good in that light.

David said...

1. Only if you're Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

4. Classic, would be wonderful over your marble. My pick.

6. Z Gallerie. hahaha

8. You'd be sick of it in a month or less.

9. Love this one, but not for a kitchen.

Mortimer's Mom said...

4 is by far my favorite. avoid anything chandelier-y in kitchen. it looks fab for a photo shoot, but one month and it will be greasy as heck. I found vintage pressed glass pendants and hung them in the common area of the kitchen, with pot lights over specific task areas. I really like having a fixture of some sort, pot light alone give a very cold feeling

karly / design crisis said...

Oh!! #4 or #7. I've seen #6 in person and it is nice but the shade looked a bit cheap. And, what's with that condom thing over the cord on #9?

Anonymous said...

4 for sure and that's about it.

Lisa said...

No on 1, too much. And a HELL NO to 9, because scrunchies are evil (in any incarnation).

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Mortimer's Mom has a good point. Avoid anything that is going to be difficult to wipe down once it gets greasy and the dust sticks to it. But go with something that gives a lot of light. In my experience the kitchen is one place that you should light like an OR -- more is better. Just remember your dimmers.

Kwana said...

1. no 2.no 3.yes!! 4. no 5.no 6.no 7. yes 8.no 9. yes

Thanks for letting me play.

landrylee said...

does anyone know where #4 is from?

the quarter rat said...

I'd follow A.L.'s advice, but if you don't like Ikea, a school house pendant might be nice - you could find one at a salvage place and have it refurbished/replated. If you want to go with new, Visual Comfort has a pretty good variety of hanging pendants, in any number of finishes (polished nickel goes nicely with marble). Not cheap, but how many would you use in your kitchen?

Here are a couple of pendants I scrounged up online:
http://lightingnewyork.com/store/VISCOM-CHC5136.html

http://lightingnewyork.com/store/VISCOM-SL5175.html

Decorno said...

# 4 is restoration hardware.

If anyone is curious about the photos, just click on them and read the image name in the URL and you'll see where I snagged them from.

Kwana - gold star for being so THOROUGH. It's like everyone turned in their homework in pencil and with lines thought the mistakes. So incomplete. Ugh.

:)

S. said...

I want #1 for my office. But for a kitchen? Meh.

I vote for #4. Classic, clean, interesting.

hello gorgeous said...

Yes to 4 over the island - oh, wait, no island? Then No.

Yes to 5 over the table. Possibly.

Where's it going? I can't play til I know. And your counters are mostly under cabinets, right?

However, whoever said Elvira on 1, right on.

hello gorgeous said...

No to 5, too.

I like the light in the previous post. !!

Porter Design Company said...

#4...like #3 but not for where you need it. Have you checked out the grosvenor two light pendant from circa lighting?

http://www.circalighting.com/details.aspx?pid=1210&cid=4

Not sure if you could use a two-light pendant but it's cool...used it a few kitchens.

Anonymous said...

Yah know, I like 4 too. But here is the thing, it's getting used too much. Seeing it in multiple shelter magazines and hgtv has made me a bit resistant to it. I like 7 also, but if it has a diffuser it might not give you enough light and if it is open, it might have a fabric lining or at the very least a fabric trim. Anything with any fabric on it in a kitchen won't be pretty. I couldn't imagine dusting 7 either. I like 8 without the ugly cord cover. Looking at RH's website I noticed a couple other lights I could totally envision with your Carrera marble counters. What do you think of the Alexandria or the Meridian? Hope I'm not talking out of school, Decorno. I just wanted to toss it out there.

Carol
www.gatheringshome.com

Anonymous said...

Hmm, normally I'm very selective but I honestly love them all, for different reasons. I think they're all beautiful and very stylish.

amymezzell said...

#7 is the winner for me. And I happen to hate #4, but I see I'm the only one. I like #3 as well, and #2 is okay for some reason even though I usually hate the tiny lampshade look - I think it's the super shine.

Anonymous said...

I would definitely check out:
Alexander Lighting (in SoDo I think), Rejuvenation (also in SoDo) and Circa Lighting (online). I have Restoration Hardware lights in my kitchen and I like them, but I LOVE the lights I've purchased from Circa.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Carol. In a few years, Number 4 is going to look dated and too era-specific.

Snowiye said...

I think it depends on how much and what type of cooking goes on in your kitchen (sorry if you've already addressed that in an earlier post- I'm a new reader!).

1 & 8- Only if you rarely cook anything involving oil on the stovetop and you never do any frying of any kind. However they're more trendy than classic and you might tire of them in a few years...

2- Meh

3- Meh

4- LOVE!

5 & 6- No, something about black lamps in the kitchen bother me, I don't like to have something black looming over food!

7 & 9 are sort of meh for me as well. I notice you like drum pendants; you might want to check out Hubbardton Forge pendants on Lumens.com...=)

Have fun!

Decorno said...

I am completely shocked to see how many people like number 4. I tried to put a variety in to get wide reactions, and I thought for sure people would tell me that number 4 is the one they have seen everywhere (I know I have). Very interesting.

I am also surprised to hear people remark about "getting tired" of light. Funny, because in my mind I keep telling myself that the lights and the backsplash are the choices I should worry least about since they can be switched out with little cost or bother in a few years.

Very interesting. You guys surprise me sometimes.

matt said...

#1 - i do think black would be a nice contrast to your white kitchen. just not this one. #2 - zzzz. #3 - like the shape but not the shade. #4 - i like it - it's a classic. #5 - this is the style i think will look outdated. #6 - too ornate. #7 - make it a black shade and i'd love it in a white kitchen. i just did a google image search for "pendant lights with black shades" and this one came up with a black mylar shade that i kind of dig. #8 - if your kitchen is an ode to liberace yes. #9 is fine minus the scrunchy. so i guess i would say you won't regret #4, but i'm really leaning towards the black shade idea. good luck.

erika @ urban grace said...

Yes to 4, no to the rest.
Check the scale on #4... make sure it's not dinky. Lights like that look better when they are bigger than average.

Anonymous said...

NO to 1,2,4,5,8 esp. no 4 . If I see that one more time I will vomit.
How about a vintage chandelier over the island?? Something contemporary?? Flos Fushia?

Anonymous said...

These all sort of seem too glam, too decorator-y. Kitchens are one place I wouldn't feel the need for jewelry, but rather something to convey warmth and productivity and comfort--not having to doll yourself up.

Ivy Lane said...

#4 !

judy said...

#1 with a silver bullet. Love it!

alisha gwen said...

just purchased #3 for over our table... it is fab-u-lous

Anonymous said...

OMG. I meant I liked 9! So....in my defense I was asleep at the wheel, so to say. Had a long day at the shop (finally people were spending! Yeah!!:)).

Carol
gatheringshome.com

seattlesarah said...

I was expecting to be the nth commenter who loves #8, considering how often I've seen it floating around the design blogs. Thanks guys, for reassuring me that the light isn't in everyone's house already (not that I can afford it anyway).

Renee Finberg said...

if it is to go in the kitchen pictured at the top,
i say #6 .

since i have no dimensions,
you might use 2 - or 3 of they are smaller scale.

happy holiday

Blair said...

Oh goodness! Sounds like you have a tough decision to make. What about a set of hanging pendant lights? I have also been very much loving chandeliers in kitchen's lately-maybe not as bold as your number 1 but more like this http://delightbydesign.blogspot.com/2008/11/hint-of-glam-for-kitchen.html.

Also, I think 4 would be great in a kitchen!

Good Luck!

Meg said...

1. Hee. But no. Maybe if your idea of cooking is eating take-out in the kitchen. In 4" Jimmy Choos.

2. Meh. It's okay. I think it'd be a real pain to clean (that goes without saying for #1, but with that, I assume you would simply have a resentful personal chef or house cleaner for the purchase of something so high-maintenance).

3. I'm not wild about it. I get the idea, but don't think the execution works.

4. good clean lines, would work well with marble counters.

5. No.

6. Again, I like the ideas in the design, but not the execution.

7. I kind of like it, but cannot help but think about how often that thing would need to be cleaned to stay shiny in a kitchen.

8. I kind of love this. It's extremely silly and fun, and I hope to hell the crystals are dishwasher safe because otherwise you'd start to resent the cleaning involved in keeping it bling-y. I like silly things that sparkle, and this sure as hell fits the bill, if not in a very kitchen-sensible way.

9. what IS with the cord scrunchie? Does the cord get cold and need a wee sweater? I like it (cord scrunchie excepted), but to keep the shine, it has the same cleaning points as... well, freaking anything that goes into a kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I ordered #3 for the dining room last week. It was on super sale (and nothing at Restoration Hardware is ever on sale for a good price). It's scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I'll let you know how it looks.

Anonymous said...

4 or 9 get my vote.

Anonymous said...

We went through all these option this summer and passed on all of them. It is especially difficult with 2,3,5,6 and 7, to get something built well enough to level. Look at 5--it's off-kilter even in the photo and the parts are welded. There's no adjusting.
We liked 4 the most, but kept seeing it everywhere.
So the wiring's in, but the space will remain empty until we find what we want.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this pendant lamp from Schoolhouse Electric:

http://www.schoolhouseelectric.com/inspiration-detail.asp?EnvironmentID=19

Timeless. I love the kitchen in that picture too.

Anonymous said...

Maybe one light but none of these, yikes!

Anonymous said...

No. Especially not no. 1. Although I do like the way that kitchen is built in.

katek said...

Anon 8:04 PM, you are very, very astute. I have #2 in my dining room, and while it looks very nice (right scale for the small room, etc.) it is not quite level, and it's because it's not that well made. The bits that hold the bulbs aren't *quite* perfect. That said, I am happy to have a light of any kind in the dining room. (But I wouldn't put it in a kitchen.)

Anonymous said...

I like 4 best. Chandeliers don't really work in the kitchen unless it's over the dining area. Absolute NO to 1, 6, 8 and 9.

magpiesandmagnolias said...

Yes, yes! I like No1. I went to a holiday party on Friday night and the house had two identical crystal chans hanging from a tin-tiled ceiling above the kitchen island. It was quite lovely.

Holly @ Maison James said...

I don't like most of them. I do like number 8 with the sparkles. Unpredicable, just pretty and a great conversation starter. I suggest Circa (as others have said) Shades of light or LBL Lighting, for great pendants that can be on or off a track. Good luck with a fun decision. Oh and I love my recessed lights as well - they just add another layer of lighting for flexibility when u need it, and I've never found their shadows bothersome.

Anonymous said...

I like all but #1. That being said, you could create something completely custom. I lived in an older house that sounds a lot like yours, and we designed our own light fixture through Rejuvenation. It was kind of pricey (for me), but totally worth it.

Jessica Claire said...

love 4 and 9

Nina79 said...

Actually I've changed my mind about one of them: Yes to Nr. 7, in the right kitchen.

AL said...

7 and 9 for me.

Iheartfashion said...

I like numbers 1 and 4.

Linda said...

Hi!
I love # 2 and # 3 for the kitchen table, but if it´s for the kitchen island I´ll go for #4. I wish we had these lamps to pick from in sweden. I hope you´ll get your answer.
/ Linda

Stephanie said...

2 or 4, definitely!

Anonymous said...

Numbers 6 or 9.

Mike and McGee said...

You know what's sad? I spent enough time obsessing over lighting in our house that I recognized most of the lights on your list. We have the linear crystal chandelier in our dining room, and we love it.

Dakoota said...

If I decorate your kitchen, then I will select the 4rth and 9th light for the kitchen. Anyways excellent job!
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Koekkener said...

Very romantic kitchen I hope I have mine. Thank you for sharing..