Question: I am remodeling my kitchen and getting stuck on the lighting over my island. I find lots of things I like in magazines, but I’m not sure how to apply the ideas in my own kitchen. Do you have any rules you follow about this?
Phoebe’s Answer: This is a tricky one because so much depends on the specific kitchen. We do have some general guidelines, but they do vary once we apply them to a situation. Usually we like to use two light fixtures, unless it is one very large fixture or a smaller island. The base of the fixture should be around 39-42” (sorry for our typo - we had 30-36" before) above the island’s countertop. We don’t like the fixture to be so big that it blocks the view of the hood (which is usually directly behind the island). We like a variety of styles, but no matter what you choose, it should be cohesive with the rest of the lighting in the kitchen as well as whatever lighting you can see from nearby rooms. Below are some examples of my and Jim’s work. Also, here is a Q&A we did a while back about kitchen lighting in general. Good luck!