Kitchen Island Stools and Pendants That Pair Up Perfectly
If organic modern style is the look you’re after, a pairing of watery aqua-blue glass pendants with earthy wooden stools is a can’t-miss combo. Hanging the lights at varied heights — as shown in this project by Cornerstone Architects — gives a naturally imperfect effect well-suited for the style.
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Low-profile leather bar stools look sleek yet warm, making them a good choice for a range of kitchen styles. In the space shown here, designer Alethea Sadowski paired them with midcentury modern globe pendant lights with black and brass details.
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Love the globe lights, but want a look that’s a bit more formal? In this space, designed by Barbara Milner of South Hill Interiors, brass globe pendant lights are paired with walnut Cherner counter seats for a dining room-worthy combo. Milner chose the pendant lights because they are dramatic without overwhelming the space.
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Airy, serene and glamorous are three of the words that come to mind when viewing this Houston-area kitchen, designed by Michele Merz of MMI Design. A client of Merz’s reached out for a home renovation after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey ravaged the house. The kitchen, with its fresh white and pale blue color palette, is uplifted by Lucite stools and gleaming polished nickel lanterns.
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Swapping out the lighting is one of the quickest ways to add a high-impact change without completely redesigning your home. Oversize brass pendants like the ones seen here make a dramatic statement. Pair them with earthy wood and metal stools to keep the look grounded.
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Metallic details bring a warm glow to your kitchen
Vintage-style ribbed glass and brushed-nickel pendant lights pair up with classic Philippe Starck Emeco brushed-aluminum bar stools in this stunning kitchen from Pickell Architecture. It’s a subtle combination, but in an all-white kitchen, shapes and details make a big impact.
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