Hanging Out | Chandeliers In The Kitchen

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There is one design element that I've seen more of in the kitchen, and it's not tile or appliances. It's Chandeliers. You won't find them relegated to the dining room anymore, they are now being hung over kitchen islands. It's an unexpected and dramatic adding visual impact to a space that has traditionally been a wall of cabinets and shiny stainless steel surfaces. There was a time when the kitchen was the most utilitarian space in the home, and while the function is still important there are many opportunities to inject style and unexpected elegance. Chandeliers are certainly paving the way.

Since kitchen islands are getting larger and becoming such a central part of kitchen design, substantial lighting is needed to keep everything in scale. So an idea was born, and now chandeliers in the kitchen are frequently used by designers. Most kitchens don't have a lot of natural lights, so a chandelier is a great choice. Even when the fixtures aren't illuminated, the crystals will be. Walking into a kitchen and seeing it awash in reflective crystals creates a striking silhouette. It's always a challenge to bring in additional lighting to a kitchen without over-lighting the space. Since chandeliers aren't a central source of illumination in most cases, it's like the cherry on the proverbial design sundae. Bringing contrast and sophistication to even the most rustic interiors.

For those of you who don't want to commit to larger scale lighting hang several smaller pendant chandeliers over the kitchen island, it will break up the focal point without sacrificing the visual impact. So if you want to bring in an unexpected and striking element to you kitchen, chandeliers may be the perfect solution.

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Vicki Gladle Bolick, is the Creator & Editor of The Ace of Space Blog in Atlanta, Georgia. Considered an industry expert and forecaster, Vicki has appeared in magazines such as Elle-Décor Mexico, HGTV, Atlanta Home Improvement, as well as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and local television. Her Interior Design & Lifestyle blog has been recognized nationally and is a three time finalist for Best Writing & Best Overall Design Blog at the DBC. Vicki has worked with national brands such as Kohler, KWC, Martha Stewart, Legrand, and is a frequent contributor to industry articles and blogs.