(The Washington Post)

Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, the mother-daughter duo behind the interior design company McGrath II, are firm believers that a little lighting can go a long way.

“Many home renovations wait until the end of the project to focus on lighting decisions, but in fact lighting should be prioritized early, as it is one of the most important elements in the room,” wrote the McGraths in an email.

The pair, who wrote the decorating book “Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime,” shared with us a few of their favorite lighting fixtures for a kitchen island or table.


(Circa Lighting; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Hicks large pendant in bronze finish ($735, circalighting.com), left. SAVE: 14-inch Rejuvenation Cedar & Moss pendant in antique bronze ($349, westelm.com).


(Candelabra; Serena & Lily)

SPLURGE: Palecek Green Oaks pendant ($748, shopcandelabra.com), left. SAVE: Santa Barbara pendant in natural ($298, serenaandlily.com).


(Serena & Lily; Rejuvenation)

SPLURGE: Large Goodman pendant in white ($1,198, serenaandlily.com), left. SAVE: Butte cone pendant in white ($399, rejuvenation.com ).


(YLiving; Ballard Designs)

SPLURGE: Washington five-light pendant ($700, ylighting.com), left. SAVE: Sawyer one-light pendant in bronze ($299, ballarddesigns.com).


(Circa Lighting; YLighting)

SPLURGE: Large Fulton pendant in polished nickel with polished nickel shade ($1,650, circalighting.com), left. SAVE: Large Marion pendant in polished nickel ($568, ylighting.com).

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