Complement the island. This kitchen is in a stately 1920s mansion. "Kitchens in those types of houses were originally only used by the staff, not by the homeowners, and were therefore dark, tiny, impractical in layout, and the space was broken up by a lot of doors leading to the basement, the servants' quarters, and butler's pantry," says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. Her challenge was to create a space that was in keeping with the grand lines of such a home without making major modifications to the available square footage."I had room for a 4-foot by 4-foot island, and the homeowner requested that it be more like a table rather then a typical island with base cabinets. Because of its design, choosing an antique chandelier was very fitting for the island. Although the chandelier isn't really necessary for illuminating the space, it does serve as a beautiful, glowing eye catcher, and it defines the airspace exquisitely. I made sure to put plenty of pot lights and under-cabinet lights into the space, so it would function without the chandelier as well."