New Pendant Light Suggestions for this Kitchen?

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Q: I recently moved into an older apartment in Brooklyn, that hasn't been fixed up in quite a while. Some of it I find charming — and some of it I could do without. The kitchen features a whole wall of dark brown cabinets, a linoleum patterned floor and a giant, overhead, pizza-parlour type light.

Sent by Becky

The lamp doesn't provide much light for the room, and just looks heavy and overwhelming. The room ends up feeling very dark and gloomy. I'd really like the kitchen to feel bright and happy — so I'm going to paint the walls off-white (any suggestions on a nice, warm creamy off-white paint color would be much appreciated) and my landlord is willing to install a new overhead light, but I have no idea what kind of light to pick to accomplish the following goals:

1. Provides a ton of light, making the kitchen feel light and bright
2. Looks more modern than what is in the kitchen currently, but isn't SO modern it looks completely out of place.
3. Doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

Please help! I've been wandering the aisles of Home Depot completely lost — I really need some guidance! What kind of light should I put up there? Thanks!

Editor: A simple round globe on a pole would be cheap and chic — who else has suggestions?

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