Eye Candy: Lamps in the Kitchen

Eye Candy: Lamps in the Kitchen

Last weekend my honey and I were rethinking the placement of our kitchen table. We turned it 180 degrees with one short end of its rectangular top very close to a wall. Seeing it there, I had a thought: Lamp. I ran and scrounged up a little 'save for later' lamp I had tucked in our guest room closet. I put in it very low-watt CFL and set the lamp in the center of the table. As soon as I flicked the switch, my boo and I grinned. It looked great. We particularly love the more lived-in glow it gives the kitchen. Immediately, I began wondering if we were the only ones with a lamp in our kitchen. I foresaw a trip to the Google in my future.

Honestly, I didn't find a lot of examples, but these five are all we need. The first picture (above) comes from photo stylist Annette Joseph. In her discussion with chef Craig Kettles, Craig suggests that "For a warmer kitchen, [we] include non-kitchen elements." His examples include art, furniture, rugs and, of course, lamps.

From black to white, here's another lamps-on-the-island idea:

And another from House Beautiful. Note how skipping the second lamp makes the look more informal.

Don't have a big honkin' island on which to set a big honkin' lamp? No worries. This so-sweet example comes to us from The Kitchn. Using a mirror behind the lamp actually multiplies the light and the mood.

Of course, if you want to use a lamp in the kitchen, you're going to need an outlet nearby. That means, like the picture above, you'll need to move your table closer to a wall. Or DO you??? Debbie added a floor lamp to the eating nook off her eclectic kitchen for added light and interest.

created at: 02/17/2012

So, have any of these pictures made you itch for a switch in your kitchen too?



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Mildred on Feb 17, 2012:

I love, love, love, lamps in the kitchen! Been doing it for years!! Such a warm glow. Keep up the good work.

cheryl on Feb 17, 2012:

yay! yes! i've had a big lamp made out of an old antique crock/jug, sitting on our kitchen island for years. also have a small lamp on the kitchen window sill over the sink. just like the other rooms in my house, i love the glow of lamps over big overhead light fixtures, though we have those too for when we need them.

Ideas Woman on Feb 17, 2012:

Would not last five minutes in my kitchen. Stir frying and fabric do not mix!

Elly on Feb 17, 2012:

I have a lamp in my kitchen and it gives me the best work light!  I have it on all the time!  Love it!!!  Why not make it feel more homey in there??

Shawna on Feb 17, 2012:

Yay, definately yay!  I have one that stays on 24/7 with a 15 watt bulb. 

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