Would you like to refresh your kitchen without installing a new sink or splashback? Does a full kitchen renovation seem like too big of a project right now? Luckily, you don’t need to take on a full gut job to add some flair to your kitchen and make it look fresh. All you need to do is install a new light (or two!) and you’ll be set. We’ve collected our favourite kitchen lighting ideas to help inspire you to update your kitchen!
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Exposed Wires
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.
4. 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.
5. Industrial Loft
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.
6. Large Pendant Lights
The large pendant lights made of steel, along with the high-end appliances, make this kitchen feel like a professional kitchen. These heavy metal pendant would need to be installed by a professional given their weight and risk of falling on your family members. If you’re searching for an industrial and professional look, though, these lights are perfect for you!
7. Reclaimed Lights
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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Vintage Ceiling Lights
This traditional kitchen features white cabinets and worktops, as well as a white brick splashback throughout the kitchen. The lightness of the kitchen is contrasted by the dark wood island and vintage ceiling lights. These lights look like they were taken directly from a castle or medieval town! We love the way the vintage lights look with the shaker-style cabinets and the clean lines of the range hood.
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7 Ideas for Kitchen Spotlights
1. 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.
2. 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. To keep your kitchen contemporary considering adding kitchen features like high-end appliances, vintage chandeliers, to accompany your recessed downlights.
3. Luxury Kitchen Downlights
What’s a luxury kitchen without enough light to truly appreciate it? This high-end kitchen is illuminated by downlights along the perimeter of the room and hanging pendant lights over the island. There is also task lighting under the cabinets, providing extra light to the worktop surrounding the cooker.
4. Downlights in a Galley Kitchen
If you have a galley kitchen, you’re no stranger to needing more light. Galley kitchens don’t have much room for hanging pendant lights, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t install ceiling lights! For a well-lit galley kitchen, look no further than recessed downlights. By installing downlights in your kitchen, you’re making sure there’s enough light to go around. This kitchen also features task lighting on the worktops to add a bit more illumination.
5. Framing the Kitchen Island
This large kitchen features a grand kitchen island with a traditional ceiling light above it. On the ceiling, the island is framed by oversized crown moulding to add visual interest to the space. Since the main ceiling light really only sheds light on the island, there is also a ring of downlights surrounding the island. These lights frame the space and provide light to the entire kitchen.
6. Bright Country Kitchen
Unlike many kitchens on this list, this bright country kitchen does not feature a main light fixture. Instead, the kitchen is lit with a series of downlights around the perimeter of the room. Since the kitchen is relatively small, the downlights do a great job at lighting the entire room. If the kitchen were a bit bigger, it would be smart to add a ceiling light or alternative light source to the kitchen.
9 Kitchen Chandelier Ideas
1. Edison Bulb Chandelier
This kitchen features a number of popular trends, making it the perfect kitchen for a photographer or any other creative professional. The walls are covered in both a toned down zebra print wallpaper and white shiplap cladding, which don’t clash as much as you’d expect. The kitchen island chairs are lime green, bringing some colour into the room. And finally, the centrepiece of the kitchen is the large Edison bulb chandelier over the island. The chandelier makes the kitchen look more vintage, especially when paired with the painting over the bar sink.
2. Bring the Outdoors In
If you love the look of the outdoors and want to incorporate nature into your kitchen, this chandelier idea is perfect for you. This chandelier is made of reclaimed sticks, and could even be a weekend DIY project! We love that it looks like a tree’s roots are growing from the ceiling, and we bet your woodsy home will compliment it perfectly. Given the weight of the project, we recommend hiring a professional to install this chandelier in your kitchen.
3. Shabby Chic Chandelier
A shabby chic chandelier is the perfect way to give your kitchen a vintage look that's modern. To save costs, try antique markets and shop around for an antique chandelier for your kitchen.
4. Brass Chandeliers
This simple kitchen is accented by brass fixtures, high-end appliances, and an extra bar sink. The stars of the room, though, are the dual chandeliers over the centre island. The brass chandeliers make the island the focus of the room and provide extra light to an already bright kitchen.
5. Capiz Chandelier
For a true showstopper of a chandelier, look no further than this tiered piece made from Capiz shells. These shells are mostly harvested from the Capiz region of the Phillippines. They are the shells of windowpane oysters and have been used as an alternative to glass for years. This chandelier is a showstopping piece that is sure to impress your guests and bring light to your kitchen for years to come.
6. Mason Jar Chandelier
If you’ve ever spent any time on Pinterest, you’re no stranger to mason jar crafts and DIYs. This mason jar chandelier is a relatively simple DIY and would look great in a rustic kitchen. In the photo, the chandelier hangs above a kitchen island made from reclaimed wood, adding to the farmhouse charm of the kitchen. We love the contrast between the rustic island and the white cabinets along the wall of the kitchen.
7. Gold Chandeliers
This kitchen features pastel cabinets, gold hardware, and a butler sink. It also includes gold and glass chandeliers, which look a bit like terrariums for succulent gardens. The chandeliers are hanging from gold chains above the kitchen island and make the island the focal point of the entire room. We love the rustic flooring and wooden beams framing the space, as they bring a lot of rustic charm to the kitchen.
8. Glam Kitchen Chandeliers
If you’re looking for a glam kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining, look no further! This beautiful kitchen features a concealed refrigerator and dishwasher, as well as a professional range. The room is centred around a contrasting kitchen island with marble countertops. The room is lit by glamorous chandeliers with hanging gems above the kitchen island.
9. Silver Chandeliers
If you’re lucky enough to have two islands in your kitchen, we recommend highlighting each of them with a glamorous chandelier. This kitchen features more storage than the average person needs, two full-sized kitchen islands, and a large professional cooker. The chandeliers, along with worktop lighting and downlights, bring a warm ambience to the high-end kitchen.
Kitchen Worktop Lighting
1. Large Desk Lamp
If you’re not a fan of chandeliers or even ceiling lights in general, don’t worry! This tiny kitchen has the perfect solution for you. Instead of a ceiling light, this kitchen features an oversized desk lamp that can be manoeuvred to point wherever you need it. It looks right at home with the stainless steel worktops and built-in appliances.
2. Under Cabinet Kitchen Lighting
When you’re in your kitchen late at night, you probably don’t want to turn on a ceiling light or downlights. That’s why under cabinet lighting exists. A professional can install strips of lights under your cabinets to help you see your worktop. This isn’t just helpful during the night, though. Worktop lights can add functionality to your cutting and cooking at any time of the day.
3. Bright Under Cabinet Lighting
To add a more futuristic vibe to your kitchen, consider installing LED or neon lights along your worktop and under your cabinets. If you have an acrylic or glass splashback, these lights will look especially high-tech. We’re sure your guests will be impressed by your kitchen if you install this type of lighting, especially if you host parties regularly.
4. Cabinets with LED Lighting
In your kitchen, lighting doesn’t have to just be above the worktop! This kitchen features LED lighting under the cabinets, allowing the floors to stay lit during the night. Think of this as a nightlight for your kitchen! A professional can install these lights and hook them up to a switch so that you don’t have to fiddle around to turn them on and off. Make your midnight trips to the fridge a bit easier with lights along the underside of your cabinets. You could also use kitchen plinth lights to achieve a similar effect.
5. Lighting Under Kitchen Worktop
Do you struggle to find what you’re looking for in your cabinets? If you do, why not install lighting underneath your worktops? Having extra light will help you sort through the drawers and cabinets in order to find your missing spatula. To make sure you don’t stop your drawers or cabinets from opening, it’s smart to hire a professional to install these lights in your kitchen.
6. Lighting in Cabinets
Now that you’ve added a number of our kitchen lighting ideas, including lights under your cabinets, along the base of your cabinets, and under your worktops, why not add some inside your upper cabinets? These lights will help you keep your cabinets organised, and will look great if you have glass cabinets like the ones in the photo. If you want to make your kitchen a bit more high-tech, you can install sensors that will turn the lights on when the cabinets are open. That will help you save money on your energy bills!
7. Lamps and Open Shelving
In this small kitchen, the open shelving is home to lamps that shed light on the dishes and glassware stored on the shelves. There are also downlights in the ceiling, adding some extra light to the narrow room. Thanks to the glass door, this kitchen has plenty of natural light, and the amount of white in the room amplifies the brightness. This is one of our favourite kitchen lighting ideas, as it makes the most of the space it has.