8 pendant lights to brighten your country kitchen

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  • Good-looking and practical, a pendant light is a classic choice for a country kitchen. We shed new light.

    A single statement pendant above the table brings this area into focus, while a neat row of fittings is the on-trend choice above an island unit. Designs range from sleek modern fittings to styles rooted in our industrial past. Zinc, brass, galvanised steel or copper shades are all excellent for providing a gleam above rustic kitchen tables. Enamelled or painted shades can be finished in country whites or bright colours. Light filtering through ceramic lamps creates an appealing glow, while glass shades fracture the light so it sparkles.

    Zinc finish
    Matt grey tones of zinc give this statement pendant light an industrial feel that’s right on trend this season. The generously sized shade comes with height-adjustable flex and a matching ceiling rose. It is also available in white.

    Emil pendant light in Zinc, H25x50cm diameter, around £125, Cox & Cox.

    Gleaming glass
    Light will sparkle through the fluted glass shades of this double pendant fitting. The steel arms and cross pole are finished in a nickel coating. The height is adjustable by 25cm.

    Double Paris pendant light, H92.5xW87.5xD30cm, around £165, Garden Trading.

    Chic china
    Switch on and enjoy the bright glow as light washes through the translucent bone china shades of these pendants. They’re made in the UK, as part of a range that also includes wall,
    floor and table lights.

    Hector pendant lights, H30.5×23.5cm diameter, around £155 each, Original BTC at John Lewis.

    Organic form
    The perfect addition to a Shaker-style kitchen, this organically shaped pendant light is based on the design of an acorn cup. It is shown in off-white aluminium with oak detailing.

    Acorn pendant light, H34x48cm diameter, around £334, Northern Lighting at Nest.co.uk. Real Shaker kitchen, from around £8,000, DeVol Kitchens.

    Classic shading
    This light was designed to be suspended above an island unit. Telescopic arms allow the fitting to be adjusted so that the shades hang at the ideal height.

    Hughes double pendant light, col Natural, H81xW130x D42cm, around £195, Neptune.

    Shiny metal
    Finished in polished nickel, these pendants suggest the glamour of vintage film studio lighting.
    The pendants also come in antiqued nickel, antiqued brass, bronze or with a white glass shade.

    Mini pendant lights in polished nickel, H117.5x14cm diameter, around £335 each,
    I&JL Brown.

    Bright light
    The handmade metal shade of this pendant light is simplicity itself. The combination of retro style and a clean white finish gives the light fitting a fresh appeal. It’s one of three recent pendants from Loaf, all at good-value prices.

    Workshop pendant light, H25x35cm diameter, around £65, Loaf.

    Rise and fall

    Add a hint of period style to a farmhouse kitchen with the warm glow of brass. This pendant light
    has a rise and fall mechanism, so you can lower it while you dine, while its shapely solid brass shade cuts out any glare.

    Butler rise and fall pendant light in Antiqued Brass, H155x26.5cm diameter,
    £239, Jim Lawrence. Dyke &
    Dean fabric flex costs around £5 for a 1m length from Heal’s.

    The low-down on pendant flexes
    Many fittings can be adjusted by shortening
    the flex; ask your electrician to do this for you. For a more personal
    style, suspend a light from a coloured, twisted fabric flex. Set your pendants at least 80cm above a table, or select a flexible rise-and-fall fitting.

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