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On Trend Tuesday

Hello! Today I am going to share another trend that I have been making note of lately. It is the third installment of On Trend Tuesday and the third kitchen trend. Obviously I love kitchen design! The first was about narrow kitchen storage and the second was about pretty little accessory rods. Today's is about a shift away from larger "statement" kitchen island pendants to the use of more minimal lighting and even so far as no specific kitchen island lighting at all.

I first started to notice this minimal island lighting trend in deVol kitchens - a favorite source for inspiration. deVol is based in England and they design a lot of kitchens for old homes that have standout architectural features as a canvas to start from. Often times the rooms are on the smaller side too. Minimal lighting really helps the older architectural kitchen features stand out and it actually enhances the overall look of the space.

Here are some examples:

These three lights virtually disappear to let the windows, flooring, and paneling stand out.

This minimal, unconventional light over the island is beautiful and enhances the existing character of the room.

These next two pictures are the same kitchen, styled differently. The single light is simple and elegant in the space. And the half copper, half stone island countertop is to die for.

The island lights in this Humphrey Munson kitchen in the home of Alexandra Maman (also in England) are almost invisible, letting the beauty of the kitchen stand on its own.

Moving stateside now to the country home of Eva Chen, These island lights are minimal and total knock outs at the same time!

This next one is from the showroom in Unique Kitchens and Baths in the Washington, D.C. area. This trend is about to grow! Love these lights!

The entire lighting situation in this kitchen designed by And Studio is over the top awesome. All of the lighting is minimal in size and major in impact from the ceiling lights to the sconces to the island lights. Love. This.

Another kitchen to love that showcases this minimal island lighting trend is this one by Stephanie Sabbe. Petite lighting perfection!

Next up are kitchens with minimal light fixtures rather than pendants.

This kitchen by Betsy Brown uses a narrow, long fixture over the island that typically you would see over a dining table - it really makes an attractive statement in this kitchen.

These dangling lights are like jewelry - stunning. Design by A + I and Unionworks.

You cannot get much more minimal than these lights! Architectural Design by Alba and Interior Design by Charlotte Taylor.

These next two kitchens have unconventional choices above the island too. The first has a single chandelier. Talk about a statement with the plaster medallion - old meets new in the best way. Design by Crystal Sinclair.

The next kitchen has a ceiling fan with a single light above the island - not something you are used to seeing over an island by any means. Design by Lindsay Hill. This house is in Sundance - there is some amazing design coming out of Utah, it really makes me miss living in Salt Lake City.

The ceiling fan above is the perfect transition to the following kitchens that have no lights hanging over their islands at all.

This island with no lights and no stools is no slouch. I love the antique round wood table with all of the modern elements, and the simplicity of the island is top notch design by Betsy Brown - she is so talented!

This kitchen, styled by Heather Clawson is a classic white kitchen with the unexpected twist of no island pendants.

This kitchen by Humphrey Munson is charming with beams only over the island.

The last kitchen to shine with no lighting over the island, no traditional island either for that matter, is this beauty by Stephanie Sabbe. There is an almost invisible pendant over the sink though. This kitchen is the starry night of the bunch. The more you look, the more you see - so much to take in and be inspired by. And, may I please have this island table?

I am now rethinking lighting options for my own kitchen - shocker! Stay tuned! The best thing about this shift to visually minimal lighting over kitchen islands is that putting it into practice is open for interpretation and the options are plentiful. A trend that will not look the same in house after house, in other words not too trendy, because it can be altered to your taste. The best kind of trend.

I will be back tomorrow to talk about lighting details of a different kind, see you then!

Thank you for being here today,





Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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