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Need help with kitchen lights!

gracezhouNovember 21, 2012
I have struggled for a month as what lights to put in my kitchen to add more characters to this area.I initially wanted to add a few mini pendants over the counter. But our counter is very long (12 feet), and the 5 hidden lights on the ceiling make it hard to arrange the pendants along the counter symmetrically. Then inspired by houzz, I now lean toward hanging a centric light to replace the middle hidden light. But my question is: what kind of light? My choices are chandelier, pendent, or semi-flush. We both like Tiffany style light, but since we want a matching piece in the adjacent breakfast area, two Tiffany may look too busy? Or maybe they don't have to match, so we put Tiffany in breakfast, and a chandelier in the kitchen? We have too many options and get totally confused! Open to any suggestions! Thanks a bunch!!

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Maybe something like this... http://www.wayfair.com/Minka-Lavery-Raiden-6-Light-Chandelier-1186-357-MKL1245.html

Although not completely convinced a chandelier in the middle of your kitchen is the best choice. I guess if you want that to be the eye catcher of your kitchen (all eyes to the chandelier) and it isn't too elaborate it may work.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 3:18PM
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Reading your post a little closer... : ) two Tiffany's would work well. Use a semi flush in the kitchen and a pendant one above the table or something with two small pendant types attached (this looks like a smaller table anyway, right?) ... Go with different colors in each light, for kitchen and above dining table.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 3:26PM
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Thanks so much for your suggestion standinginline! And the chandelier in your link is absolutely gorgeous, but just off our budget a little bit :(. I tent to put up this Tiffany above the breakfast table http://www.lowes.com/pd_29071-2120-34449_4294796691__?productId=3772689&Ns=p_product_avg_rating|1, And the matching semi-flush one in the kitchen. But I feel the semi-flush is too small (13 inch). Or maybe this in kitchen would be better? http://www.lowes.com/pd_339930-82850-34538_4294687722__?productId=3388926&Ns=p_product_avg_rating|1#BVRRWidgetID
1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 3:44PM
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How about one long chandelier? [houzz=
Pollyanna Suspension Light · More Info
Alexis Rectangular Pendant by Forecast Lighting at Lumens · More Info
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1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 4:53PM
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Kitchen Art of New England LLC
Nice big drum pendants with glass bottoms
1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 5:34PM
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@olldbob Thanks Bob! I thought about that too. But since the middle light is not above the counter, but above the aile between counter and stove, I think a Long Island light may not look good. But it's certainly an option!

@Kitchen Art Thanks! We had that lovely light in our old house above dinning table. It was truly beautiful especially when turned on. When picking the various lights for our new house, I can't help going back to that one :) !
    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 7:02PM
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Also, does anyone have suggestions on the window treatment in breakfast area (2nd pic) and the family room (below). Thanks a lot! Our floor and furniture are dark, so I hope the window could soften the feel and also blend in ( sorry about the quality of the pic taken by phone).
    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 7:29PM
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A couple ideas... http://www.bestwindowtreatments.com/versailles-lace-curtains-in-4-colors.aspx ...lace curtain panels on each window--they add a needed feminine vibe to the space but a but a neutral color--can also add light green curtain panels in addition to the lace panels to add color. Rug in green also... http://www.homedecorators.com/P/Olympia_II_Area_Rug/620/ ...can add in some soft yellow patterned pillows and other accessories in a similar hue to the green and yellow. Of course, there are a number of ways you could decorate this room, but there is one idea : )
1 Like    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 10:39PM
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Thanks standinline! That kind of proved what I thought. Instead I'll probably go with yellow/cream/blue tone as our room actually has some subtle blue touches (the rug https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/bedbathbeyond/product/detail.do?itemId=14935231&categoryId=&path=&notinregularhierarchy=false&comeFromSearch=true, vase on mantel, etc).

Happy Thanksgiving!
    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 6:22AM
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