We have officially begun our kitchen remodel by removing a useless wall last weekend. I can’t wait to share the big change with you but first I wanted to talk about lighting, which has proven to be a difficult design decision to settle on.
To get an idea of the space we’re lighting up, I’ll attempt to walk you through the space without images. The dining room and kitchen are now in the front of the house. As you enter the house through the front door, you can see the kitchen and will be standing almost directly across from the kitchen sink. There is currently a ceiling fan over the dining room table (an identical one hangs in our living room as well) that I’m hoping to replace, either before the kitchen is done or at some point in the future. There will be an island in the kitchen that will unite the dining room and the kitchen and we plan to hang two pendant lights over the island.
Above the kitchen sink, which is opposite from the island, there will either be another pendant or a sconce. I’m hoping for a sconce if my electrician can make it happen, since the wall where it needs to go is the exterior block wall. For the purpose of this blog post, I’m assuming we’ll have a wall sconce. Off of the kitchen and dining room is a short hallway that leads to a bathroom and the children’s bedrooms. There is a currently a standard, ugly light fixture in there that I’m eager to replace with a simple fixture that coordinates with the rest of the lighting.
“Coordinate” is the key word, here. I don’t want the lights to be super matchy-matchy, but I don’t want them to be so far off from each other that it looks like a hot mess of a hodgepodge. It’s easy to see beautiful kitchens on Pinterest and relate with the style, but it’s a whole other thing to successfully bring your style into a room and end up with a finished, well-thought-out space.
With that said, here are some of my ideas for the space.
All eight of these fixtures could technically be mixed and matched, but will they go with the ceiling fan? Even if we do replace the dining room fan right away, you can still see the living room fan from the kitchen and the two rooms need to flow together, almost making it feel like I shouldn’t go with all brass lights in the kitchen/dining room. This ceiling fixture from Triple Seven Home could be a replacement for the dining room fan and still coordinate with the living room fan (if I ordered the shade in black). My biggest concern is whether I will tire of the black in the Satellite wall sconce or if I should stick with the all brass fixtures. Another concern is if the fixture in options one and two is too modern for the space?
I already have a tendency to make decisions difficult and this case is no exception. So please, help me out and tell me what you think!