30 Kitchen Lighting Ideas That'll Transform Your Space
Lighting sets the mood and tone for your space before guests even enter the room. Let’s face it, you spend most of your time in the kitchen cooking meals or gathered with family and friends sharing a sweet treat. Kitchen lighting is crucial in a home—it’s vital to illuminate the one room in the house that is inhabited the most. A poorly lit space can set the wrong tone for guests. You certainly don’t want to spend time in a room that’s too dimly lit or blindingly bright. Lighting is a great decorative accent, but in the kitchen, it’s especially important to get the lighting balance right for your safety and comfort. We found great ways to showcase statement lighting while also being practical and functional for your kitchen. From golden glows to bright whites, we’ve compiled the best ways to illuminate your kitchen to make it look like a beaming masterpiece. Trust us—with these lighting tips, it’ll be hard to leave your radiant space.
Add a relaxed, yet polished air to any kitchen island by pairing built-in overhead lights with bohemian statement pendants.
Light Blue Pendant
A light blue clouded pendant is the perfect accessory for any white kitchen.
Small Modern Pendants
Small, streamlined pendants against shiplap walls bring a breath modern farmhouse style to any kitchen space.
Vintage glam meets modern finishes with large brass-accented glass pendants.
Antique lamp fixtures can make kitchen eating feel refined yet relaxed.
Three's a Crowd
Three’s certainly not a crowd with fixtures that match the number of seats at the counter. If you’re not keen on a chunky overhead light, go for matte gold fixtures to provide a radiant look.
Mix and Match
We almost don’t know where to look first. Mix and match fixtures, like this high coral pendant sandwiched between modern, longer globes.
In a classic white kitchen, adding texture and shape is a beautiful thing.
A flexible spotlight can illuminate the sink or counter, but it's also handy to move when needed.
Don't shy away from complementing color in the kitchen. Here, a grapefruit pink pendant gets playful against tropical green.
Industrially glam and wonderfully geometric, these large gold fixtures brighten up a space before you even flip the switch.
Intricate in design and abundant in lights, these pendant lights contain 4 miniature lamps within them.
These white industrial pendant lights add a vintage edge to this playful kitchen.
Nooks are great for natural sunlight, but when the sun goes down a country-chic pendant can keep the candle burning at any hour.
An elongated, petite pendant easily showcases the height of the ceilings and cabinets.
Industrial String Lights
Draw the eyes up with elegantly strung lights over industrial beams.
Oversized and Rustic
Emphasize high ceilings and beams with an oversized, glass pendant light.
Glass Globe Lighting
Glass globe lights captivate attention without taking away from other details in your kitchen, like beautiful backsplashes, wallpaper, or seating.
Coastal Blue Pop
Finish any color scheme with light to match, like these coastal blue statement lights.
Etched glass brings an air of sophistication above a sink, no matter how dirty the dishes are below.
Colorful Statement Pendant
Who says pendants can't have a pop of color? A dark teal fixture can add character above any kitchen sink.
Black matte pendant lights can blend with any kitchen color combination.
Under Open Shelving
Open shelving just might be here to stay. Illuminate your neatly placed dishes and glassware for guests to easily grab what they need.
Under Cabinet Lighting
Add extra light to prep spaces while highlighting your favorite countertop decor with under cabinet lights.
Balance an oversized island pendant with small sconces by the sink.
Galley Kitchen Lighting
Keep things clean with a simple glass fixture. But, if you want an additional glow, add a lamp to the counter and use colorful string lights by the window.
Use accent lighting to highlight collections and artwork in your kitchen.
Check out our Kitchen Lighting video for more kitchen lighting information and ideas.
Directional downlighting illuminates your work surface to make your time in the kitchen safer and easier on your eyes.
Windows are a healthy and energy-efficient way to add light to your kitchen. Traditionally, there is a window located above the sink.
General lighting provides overall illumination to a space. Use decorative ceiling fixtures supplemented by recessed lights for style and even light.