I’ve received a few questions lately about how to choose coordinating light fixtures in the kitchen. I’m not sure there’s any magical method, and open kitchen/breakfast room concepts can make things a little tricky since you see everything all at once.
I thought it might be fun for us to help Kara, a reader who’s trying to make her own lighting decisions. Here’s her email:
I am about to pull the trigger on a lantern light for my kitchen. I can’t decide if I want to put it over my farm style table or the small island. My question is should I put two of the same, complimentary ones, it something different? I can’t figure out how to make it work and I love the lantern look over both places. My table and island are close together.
She sent me a couple of lantern options that she was considering, but my favorite was this cleaner one:
I do think that using two of the same lights can work in certain spaces—but the right scale is key. In Kara’s kitchen, I would probably keep the chandelier over the table, but possibly give it a coat of spray paint (oil-rubbed bronze?) to coordinate with the lantern over the island. (I also think using the round bulbs goes a long way in making a transitional fixture feel more modern.)
I had considered using two of the same pendants in my own kitchen, but went with a similar look that I think would work in Kara’s kitchen, as well. Even though they’re completely different styles, I think the mix of straight and curvy (plus being similar colors and materials) works well together:
What are your thoughts on Kara’s kitchen lighting dilemma?
And, a couple of other thoughts on possible ways to coordinate kitchen lighting. . .
Using two (or more) of the same lights: As mentioned earlier, I do love this look, but I think the scale has to be right. There’s something about the uniformity of the same fixture in the line of sight that feels so clean to me. (And, I’ve just always loved this kitchen. . .)
Coordinating with color: A fun color can also be a great way to unify two very different light fixtures. I also like how they repeated it on the chairs in this space, keeping everything else neutral.
What other tips do you have for choosing kitchen lighting that complements one another?
(If you have a photo of how you’ve done this in your own kitchen, feel free to post to my Facebook page.)