48 Kitchen Lighting Ideas To Illuminate Your Space in Style

Refresh your space with unique, expressive light fixtures.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Amanda Kirkpatrick

Lighting is one of the most fundamental elements to setting the mood in your home. Once you decide on your desired atmosphere, the way you illuminate your space should be the first step in achieving it. The actual lighting fixture, in addition to the type of lighting, can add a unique and decorative pop to your home. These kitchen lighting fixtures help set the stage for your best meal yet. From sculptural chandeliers to rustic pendant lights, good lighting gives these cooking and dining areas a personality of their own. Take a look at 48 of our favorite kitchen lighting ideas.

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Amanda Kirkpatrick
Soft Sloping Pendants

In this serene country kitchen, a soft coolness was heightened with large, soft seafoam pendant lights by Muuto.

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Ricardo Labougle
Glass Enclosed Bulbs

In this light filled Greek kitchen, a modern light fixture enclosed in a glass box stands out as much as it blends in.

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Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Courtesy of The Selby
Ultra Long Minimalist

The pendant lights in designer Irene Neuwirth's LA home complement the surrounding gold accents, while the length of the fixtures highlight the height of the ceilings.

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kitchen lighting ideas
Richard Powers
Blending in

In John Robshaw's kitchen, ceiling lights are simple and understated, keeping the focus on the bold, primary-colored walls. The settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sink fittings are by Newport Brass, the ceiling lights are by Restoration Hardware, the countertops are marble, and the custom dhurrie is by John Robshaw; the walls are painted in Rose Quartz and the cabinetry in Starry Night, both by Benjamin Moore.

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kitchen lighting ideas
Eric Piasecki
Gilded pendants

The custom kitchen island in Christina Juarez' home has a Carrara marble top, the pendants are by Tom Dixon, and the barstools are by CB2; the bar cart is by Homenature, and the Sam Still artwork above it hangs on a wall covered in a Madeline Weinrib wallpaper; the antique birthing chair is from New Orleans.

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kitchen lighting ideas
Stephen Kent Johnson
Simple Retro

In Amanda Seyfried's Catskills home, the kitchen’s range and hood are by Wolf, the Whitehaus sink is fitted with a Kallista faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by Heath Ceramics; the island has a countertop of Caesarstone, the pairs of pendant lights are by Tom Dixon, and the cabinets are painted in Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore.

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kitchen lighting ideas
Richard Powers
Dandelion Chandeliers

In a NYC apartment dedicated to art, the kitchen’s custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by Wolf, the Saarinen table and chairs are from Knoll, and the chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from Remains Lighting; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from Duralee, and the floor tiles are by Paris Ceramics.

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Simon Upton
1920s Antique Lighting

In this Connecticut kitchen, the island has a top of honed Carrara marble, the wall tiles are by Waterworks, the stove is Viking, and the stools are by York Street Studio; the 19th-century Windsor chair is a family heirloom, and the 1920s English pendants are from BK Antiques.

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Douglas Friedman
Antique tole chandelier

In the kitchen of fashion designer Veronica Swanson Beard's Long Island home, the chairs, with cushions in a Schumacher stripe, and table are by McGuire, the tole chandelier is antique, and the flooring is oak.

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kitchen lighting ideas
Mikkel Vang
Massive pendant lighting

In a New York apartment, the kitchen’s sink, fittings, and tile backsplash are by Waterworks. The range is by Wolf, the pendants are by Circa Lighting, the custom island has a Calacatta marble top, and the flooring is limestone with black-marble cabochons.

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Ricardo Labougle
Organic 20th century design

In a London townhouse, the kitchen cabinetry by Plain English is painted in Pure Grey 6 by Papers and Paints, the 1955 pendant lights are by Serge Mouille, the wall tiles are by Neisha Crosland and the floor is made of three types of limestone.

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mid-century modern lighting
Francis Amiand
Solid brass & frosted glass

The dining table and chairs are by DimoreStudio, the Sputnik ceiling light is by Fedele Papagni, and the marble flooring is original to the 1970s building in this Monte Carlo apartment. The artworks in the dining area are by Pierre Le-Tan.

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mid-century modern lighting
Trevor Tondro
Concentric art

The unique structure of this Artemide light fixture is made out of aluminum and white metal. The sleek design allows for "...a nuanced mix of light and shadow".

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JEAN-FRANÇOIS JAUSSAUD
Understated & round

The kitchen cupboard and marble-topped Tuscan tables in this Florence estate are 19th-century and the flooring is handmade cement tile from Florence.

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Ricardo Labougle
Unique materials

In a country home in Uruguay, the kitchen’s unique pendant light is leather, giving texture and lending an added warmth to the space. The ceiling beam is an old railroad track found in a nearby field and the flooring is tinted cement tile.

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William Waldron
Polished wall sconces

The light, striped wallpaper in this West Village dining room is illuminated with simple Areti wall sconces, designed to reflect light outward and fill the entire space. Other furnishings include a table and a banquette upholstered in Maharam fabrics, The Thonet chairs are vintage, the barstool is by Gubi, the wallcovering is Work + Sea’s Watercolor Stripe and the artworks include pieces by Wardell Milan, John Register, and Jeff Lewis.

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Joshua McHugh
Hammered Brass Chandelier

The hand made chandelier in this Upper West Side apartment adds a metallic element that gives movement to the space. The dining table and banquette in this apartment, upholstered in a Maharam mohair, are custom designs; the swivel chairs are by Koi and the painting is by Allen Anthony Hansen.

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mid-century modern lighting
Trevor Tondro
Radial, symmetrical forms

In a glamorous Central Park apartment, the kitchen table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.

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mid-century modern lighting
Richard Powers
Sculptural Lanterns

In the kitchen of an Upstate New York ranch, handmade lantern-style ceiling lamps were designed with the intention of creating "a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form." A root table found at an upstate New York auction was fitted with a glass top, the Josef Hoffmann chairs are covered in a vintage Larsen fabric, the ceiling incorporates beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn and the lights are by Isamu Noguchi.

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mid-century modern lighting
Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by William Waldron
Mirror Ball Pendants

In Tamara Mellon’s Hamptons house, pendant lights by Tom Dixon create a refined, disco-esq vibe. The shape and material of the fixture is “lightweight yet robust and reflects its environment, projecting downward ambient light” (via tomdixon.net). The cabinetry is custom made, the oven and stove are by Wolf, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Decorators White.

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mid-century modern lighting
Photography By Eric Piasecki / Produced By Cynthia Frank

In a Manhattan home the kitchen cabinetry and island are custom made, the chandelier is by Serge Mouille, and the walls are lined with tiles by Ann Sacks.

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Björn Wallander

A Beverly Hills home boasts circa-1935 pendant lights and a Wolf range in the kitchen. The kitchen counters are quartzite, the cabinetry is custom made, and the flooring is Marmoleum.

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Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by Simon Upton
Custom Brass Design

Salvagni designed the brass light fixture in the kitchen of a Rome palazzo. The 1780 Venetian portrait is of a family ancestor, the custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Elephant's Breath, and the walls are painted in Skimming Stone.

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mid-century modern lighting
Produced by Robert Rufino; Photography by Björn Wallander
Refined Industrial

The kitchen island was made with reclaimed wood from the Upstate New York house, the countertop is Carrara marble, and the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero; the light fixtures are from Time and Materials, and the window frames, shutters, and cabinetry are painted in Farrow & Ball's Buff.

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Photography by David Woolley/Limitless Pictures
Repurposed Pendants

Vintage light fixtures from an ammunition factory hang above an early-19th-century shop counter in the UK kitchen; the floor is painted in Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe.

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Produced by Robert Rufino; Photography by Björn Wallander
1800s Pendant

The Los Angeles dining room's 1890s pendant lights and chairs, which retain their original leather, are French.

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mid-century modern lighting
Produced by Cynthia Frank; Photography by Douglas Friedman
Subtle & Funky

The kitchen stools are by Mark Albrecht Studio, the glass-topped table is by Kelly Wearstler, the chairs are by Minotti, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the custom cabinetry is stained oak in a Beverly Hills home.

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Produced by Robert Rufino; Photography by Björn Wallander
Charcoal Cone Pendants

The kitchen stools are by BDDW, the pendant lights are by Paul Ferrante, and the ceiling fixtures are by Charles Edwards in this Santa Monica kitchen. The range is BlueStar, the refrigerator is Sub-Zero, and the custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Old White.

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blue kitchens
William Waldron
Sleek Metal

In a Manhattan kitchen the chairs and banquette are custom made, the Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, and the pendant light is from Avantgarden; the wallpaper is by Hines & Company, and the herringbone flooring is original.

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blue kitchens
Richard Powers
Worn Metal & Glass

This Hollywood Hills kitchen features vintage pendants from Obsolete, BassamFellows stools from Design Within Reach, and a sink by Shaws with fittings by Jaclo. The custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, the countertops are Carrara marble, and the hood by Modern-Aire is custom made, as is the flooring by Granada Tile.

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