Having vintage pendants hanging over kitchen islands is something you see a lot in current design magazines and blogs. I think it looks great, especially with more traditional cabinets – it updates the room, keeps it current. It can also add a very welcoming element to the room.
Here are some options to get this type of look.
Boathouse Industrial lights
These lights from Factory 20, a recent find for me of a wide range of vintage lights, would be great for this application. Either as is with the vintage patina, or recoated for a pure white – or colored – look.
Ivanhoe Sinclair Porcelain Pendant
If you want the same look as above but for less, Barn Light Electric has an option in porcelain for $159 each. This pendant is very thin in its vertical scale (would be an especially good option if you have lower ceilings), but has a great vintage look and feel.
Restoration Hardware Barn Pendants
Restoration Hardware also has an option for above in its Vintage Barn Pendant, ranging from $199 to $499 depending on the size in a range of colors. I also like the Glass Barn Filament Pendant for a variation on the look, especially if you like being able to see the bulb (assuming you use a vintage bulb). I think the glass has a nice shape to it, and they are $129 each
Milk Glass Filament Pendant
The Milk Glass Filament Pendant offers a bit of color (if you consider white a color). Given the polished Nickel fittings and the straight lines of the light, this has a more contemporary look to it. Again, I would go with a unique lightbulb.
Clemson Classic Pendant
I think the Clemson Classic Pendant ($259-$379 each) is beautiful and fresh. With the polished nickel band at the bottom and top cover, plus the milky white glass which lights up so beautifully when the pendant is on, these lights would make a space look updated and chic, but warm and inviting at the same time.
Eugene Pendant Light
This light is a taller version, similar to the Clemson but with a uniform finish. Available in Bronze (shown), Antique White, Antique Nickel or Hand-rubbed Brass, this light has a great shape, an updated vintage feel, and would be a beautiful addition to a kitchen. ($483 each for the large size)
For another variation in the look, this Hicks Pendant from Thomas O’Brien offers a beautiful rounded bottom in the milk white glass. This light could be a nice option if you have a lot of sharp lines and edges in your kitchen, or if you wanted a softer look.