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Q: ‘I’d like to update my kitchen with industrial-style pendant lights above my island unit. What style do you recommend for kitchens and would I be able to customise the colour to match my scheme?'

A: Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director of Industville, has this advice...

Hanging pendant lights above an island is a popular trend that is set to continue and is a great way to create a statement in your kitchen. Industrial-style pendant lights are ideal for this as they suit any era and style of home, providing a modern-rustic update. Not only are pendant lights attractive, they also provide functionality for tasks such as reading recipes and food preparation.

In terms of the size and arrangement of the lights, this completely depends on the size of your kitchen and island dimensions, as well as the overall look you want to achieve. One of the most common mistakes with island lighting is that people go too small. I advise customers to consider using a cluster of several smaller pendants either arranged in a traditional line or various heights, as this will create an impressive and interesting display. Our Brooklyn Glass Cone Pendants are ideal for this and will give a subtle nod to the industrial look. Alternatively, for those wanting to totally embrace the style, the Brooklyn Umbrella or Brooklyn Balloon Cage lights look great hung in a group and will create an eye-catching feature.  Another option is to go for a single drop pendant in a much larger size to create a dramatic statement. Our Brooklyn Dome Pendant Lights work perfectly for this and are available in an impressive 23.5”(also available in 18”, 13” and 8” sizes), with a choice of on-trend finishes including brass, copper and pewter.

Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 8 Inch - Pewter & Copper, £79

All too often with a kitchen redesign, the lighting is an afterthought, but it is important to do your research and invest in quality lighting.  The material the lights are made of make a big difference so avoid plastic finishes as these will devalue the whole look of the kitchen. Here at Industville, all of our lights are handcrafted from quality materials such as pure brass or copper, adding that extra touch of luxury, but without the high price tag.

In terms of colour-matching to your room, we offer a bespoke painting service (priced at £30 per lampshade) so we can ensure the lights will fit into your interior scheme perfectly.  A rewiring service (£20 per holder fitting) with a choice of coloured fabric flex is also available and allows you to create a truly individual customised lighting solution, whatever your preferences.

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