(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

After renting a house that came with a Sputnik light fixture in the kitchen, I have an appreciation for a really dramatic lighting statement. Even a modest rental kitchen can get such a shot of juice and personality from a great light. I think that Krzysztof's kitchen in San Francisco is another very good example of this design principle in action. Let's take another look, shall we?

(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

While Krzysztof's kitchen is nicer (although not much bigger) than my old rental kitchen, it's still quite simple and not flashy. The light fixture adds a personal statement of style that lifts the simple, clean lines out of nice territory and into great; it's really quite gorgeous.

(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

Here it is as seen from the dining area. I feel like it makes even more sense to have a great light like this when you also have an open dining area.

A pendant light fixture like this is a great rental change. It's quite easy to swap out a ceiling light for another, more stylish one (and to switch it back when you move out).

And if you're jonesing for a similar pendant, check vintage shops. Krzysztof found his at The Other Shop in San Francisco.

See the full tour: Krzysztof's Modern Deco-Inspired Home at Apartment Therapy