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.
The best things come in threes. This trio of simple pendant lights emphasises the clean simplicity of this kitchen.
2. MATTE BLACK PENDANTS
The walnut-veneer kitchen island in Paris and cabinetry are custom made, the stools are by Mater Design, and the pendant lights are by Tom Dixon; the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau, and the sink fittings are by Franke.
3. Hang Your Pendants Low
Low-hanging, industrial-style pendants add contrast above the kitchen island in a traditional home. They balance out an ultra-femme room.
A vibrant pop of yellow adds a fun, bright contrast against the more muted browns.
5. LONG HANGING
Pendant lights by Produzione Privata hang above this marble-top kitchen counter in Westchester, the bar chairs are by Thonet, and the table is custom made, as are the milk glass–lined cabinets. The backsplash tiles are by Waterworks.
6. Group In An L-Shape
If you’re already feeling your existing lighting, you can still update it by rearranging your grouping. An L-shapefeels cool and unexpected.
7. LIGHTBULB MOMENT
A single hanging lightbulb lends a more casual touch to this brass and marble kitchen.
8. AQUA GLASS
A 1950s FontanaArte chandelier and 1970s barstools in the kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill home; the cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.
9. Play With Different Shapes
Bored of your traditional kitchen? Geometric pendants to the rescue.
This black-walled space is leavened only by a trio of white pendants and a touch of wood. This kitchen doesn’t get much light, so it was purposefully made even darker. The bespoke kitchen features a huge slab of black granite work surface with a tactile brushed finish. Just as dark are the walls, units and painted brickwork.
17. CHAIN HANGING
In a New York apartment he kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the sink fittings are by Waterworks, and stools by Palecek are covered in a Designtex fabric; the cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray, the hood is custom made, and the walls are sheathed in Walker Zanger tiles.
18. Think Exotic
A globe lantern makes this colorful kitchenfeel exotic. Even though the space is small, it still has an impact.
Tom Dixon lights over the island are a stylish alternative to a cooker hood. A zinc breakfast bar was created as somewhere to eat and as a way to extend the scale of the unit to fit the size of the room. There are lots of details that make this kitchen special, from the beaten silver cabinet handles to the mirror-back glazed units. A special shade of slate blue from Paint & Paper Library was chosen because it adds a softness that black or grey units couldn’t achieve.
20. WHITE BALL LIGHTS
Pendants by Circa Lighting hang above the granite-topped kitchen island. The cabinetry is custom made, the range is by De Dietrich, and the flooring is granite and quartzite in this Paris kitchen.
21. Keep It Classic With Pendants
Tie your kitchen together by matching your pendants to your backsplash. It can add even more color and liven it up.