Try using mini chandeliers in place of pendants for unexpected elegance over a kitchen island.
This chandelier with its accompanying shade also adds a touch of the unexpected while emphasizing the unique coffered ceiling in this ktichen.
In an expansive kitchen such as this one, larger scale chandeliers can be used in pairs and still not be overpowering.
Dual islands, dual chandeliers. Not many kitchens can boast two islands, but should you be lucky enough to have more than one, why not add a pretty chandelier above each?
Here's another version of the mini chandeliers as pendants. Not only do they add a touch of elegance, but they also grant the space just a bit of whimsy.
A crystal chandelier seems right at home in the center of this grand ceiling. Anything else may have been too understated.