One of the most important parts of the kitchen design process is deciding how to light the room. Due to the multifunctional nature of the kitchen, the lighting used plays a huge part and can make or break the space, so it needs to be just right.
Ideally, kitchen lighting should allow you to prepare food with ease, but also have the ability to create an inviting atmosphere for entertaining guests. In other words, the lighting should be just as versatile as the room itself.
From kitchen diner lighting ideas to pendant and ceiling lighting, we spoke to the experts to create a wealth of inspiring kitchen lighting ideas that’ll help turn your kitchen from day to night in style. Here are some Awesome Kitchen Lighting Ideas.
- 1 White Kitchen with Good Light
- 2 Modern Steel Chisholm Hall Lights over a Kitchen
- 3 Copper Pendant Lights over the Kitchen Island
- 4 Glass Hanging Lamps for Kitchen Decorating
- 5 Traditional Kitchen with Industrial Chic Lights
- 6 Modern White Kitchen with Wooden Pendants
- 7 Pendant Light For Kitchen
- 8 Stunning Lantern Style Kitchen Pendant Lighting Over Island
- 9 Modern White and Gray Kitchen with Lanterns
- 10 White Kitchen with Lamps
- 11 Kitchen Pendant Lights
- 12 Kitchen Island Lighting
- 13 Exposed Wires
- 14 Hanging Edison Bulbs
- 15 Industrial Loft
- 16 Reclaimed Lights
- 17 Light over the Kitchen Sink
- 18 Simple Ceiling Light
- 19 Exposed Beams and Spotlights
- 20 Downlights and Chandeliers
- 21 Style Statment
- 22 Gaze Grabber
- 23 Copper Touch
- 24 Chic
- 25 Clear Vision
- 26 Designer Touch
- 27 Freat Height
- 28 All That Glitters
- 29 Sputnik
- 30 Vegetable Delight
This kitchen combines natural lighting from a vintage-style, arched window, which is great for cooking or hanging out by day, but also a striking chandelier over the island, complemented by matching torch lights placed strategically in the corners for function and mood setting.
Modern and futuristic, these cage-like, Chisholm Hall Lights are a perfect choice to create moody, yet powerful light over a striking kitchen design.
Simple, yet attention grabbing, these pendant lights are perfect to light up a simple kitchen design and give a copper glow over the island during supper.
These industrial, chrome lights give the traditional kitchen an edgy vibe it wouldn’t have otherwise, while managing not to look out of place and to serve their functional purpose.
Lantern pendant lights may not seem like an obvious choice for a modern kitchen, but they add a charming touch to the otherwise impersonal design.
Kitchen Pendant Lights
This simple lighting arrangement will work in any type of kitchen. These black pendant lights work perfectly in this farmhouse kitchen, but they would also look great in a modern or traditional kitchen. With three pendants, it’s important to hire a professional to install your ceiling lights. After all, you want to make sure the kitchen lights are spaced evenly and hung at the same height.
Kitchen Island Lighting
If you’re lucky enough to have enough space for a kitchen island, you’ll want to accent it with ceiling lights. These hanging lights have a bit of an industrial vibe to them but look great in this modern kitchen. We love the contrast between the black lights and splashback and the white cabinets and worktops.
This is a pretty trendy kitchen lighting idea, but it’s not overly expensive. That means that you can install it in your home now and then update it when the trends change. This kitchen features light bulbs hanging from cords wrapped around a brass pole. This industrial look is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your flat if you can’t install a whole new light fixture.
Hanging Edison Bulbs
To add a vintage touch to your modern kitchen, we recommend installing hanging Edison bulbs above your island. You can even drape them around a brass pole like the previous idea to create a more intricate focal point. These Edison bulbs are spaced perfectly above the island and allow for a clear sight line throughout the space. The great thing about exposed Edison bulbs is the fact that they won’t impede your field of vision.
This beautiful industrial loft features fourteen Edison bulbs at two different height levels. This means that people using the ladder to access the bar as well as people at ground level will both have ample lighting. To ensure your safety, it’s best to hire a professional if you want to achieve a similar effect in your kitchen.
If you want to bring the farm into your vintage farmhouse kitchen, we recommend looking for reclaimed pieces that can be transformed into lights. You can scout out pieces at charity shops or flea markets and then use a bit of creativity and your DIY skills to fashion them into lights. If you need some help with the DIY portion, you can hire a professional handyman to help out.
Light over the Kitchen Sink
While you may think that a window will provide enough light for your dishwashing, you’ll likely find yourself needing a bit more brightness. For this reason, it’s smart to install a ceiling light over your sink. This kitchen features traditional ceiling lights, with two large lights over the island and a smaller one over the sink. It’s smart to keep the design of the lights in your kitchen the same in order to ensure cohesion throughout the room.
Simple Ceiling Light
If you’re not ready to splash out for an extravagant light fixture or fancy chandelier, worry not! You can find many budget-friendly options that provide plenty of light to your kitchen. The light fixture pictured features four bulbs pointing in different directions, making sure that the light covers the whole room. This light is modern enough to update a kitchen, but not too modern that it would look out of place in a simple kitchen.
Exposed Beams and Spotlights
If hanging ceiling lights aren’t your style, we bet you’ll love these kitchen spotlights! This kitchen features modern cabinets and worktops, but the ceilings are accented with exposed beams. The beams provide framing for a series of spotlights, with added lights above the kitchen island. Installing a similar setup in your kitchen would be quite labour intensive, so hiring a professional is a safe choice.
Downlights and Chandeliers
Small chandeliers like the ones pictured don’t emit very much light, so you may need to add extra downlights in your kitchen. This contemporary kitchen features high-end appliances, vintage chandeliers, and recessed downlights. We love the waterfall worktop, as well! If you’re happy with your existing light fixture but want to brighten up your kitchen, consider installing downlights!
The Forties circular light is the pièce de résistance of this glamorous kitchen. The kitchen was inspired by the look of Thirties Parisian pharmacies. The island was designed to look like a freestanding piece of furniture and the unlacquered brass brings warmth and depth to the space.
The gaze-grabbing extractor hood took its cue from the Lacanche range cooker and was hand-forged in Ohio.