Pendant lights can also function like sconces when placed against a wall especially in a bathroom. Always remember: When a person will be looking in a mirror to shave or apply makeup it’s important to light the person and not just the mirror. A few lights in the center may make the room feel bright enough but only lights in front of the user will truly illuminate the face.
Translucent glass shades on pendant fixtures will reduce glare in the kitchen. Hanging overhead lighting fixtures such as pendants should sit 30 to 36 inches above the island work surface.
Don’t limit lighting to downlights. Depending on the location consider wall sconces or uplighting to create a softer ambiance and avoid potentially harsh downlighting that can cast ominous shadows.