Distinctive Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Set your kitchen apart with lighting that matches your style. Get inspired by lighting in every shape, size, style, and material, and then decide what is right for your kitchen.
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Mix-and-Match Light Fixtures
Mixing and matching light fixtures creates a collected look especially appropriate for an eclectic kitchen like this one. This kitchen looks like it evolved over time and mixes industrial pieces -- such as the light fixtures and metal chairs -- with the traditional cabinetry. The light fixtures seen here relate to each other while keeping with the unfitted look of this historical home.
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Light fixtures with vintage appeal perfectly accent this French country kitchen. Two matching lantern-style fixtures light the island, in addition to the recessed ceiling lights. While the rest of the kitchen features light-color paint and bleached-wood cabinets, the dark iron pendants give the room weight.
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Layers of Light
Everything about this kitchen is traditional: the painted white cabinetry, the dark hardwood floors, and the dramatic coffered ceiling. Instead of using recessed lights in each coffer, the homeowner installed small, semiflush fixtures. Over the island a two-light chandelier adds another layer of lighting, while the wall of unadorned windows floods every inch of the space with even more light.
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Spotlight Your Work Space
Kitchen lighting should be as functional as it is fashionable. Here, two wall-mount lights in a brushed-nickel finish illuminate the range and the prep area surrounding it and fit right in with the metal hood and range.
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Small Pendant Lights
Stagger small light fixtures above the island to bring light to a wider area. The pendants seen here complement the open layout and country style of this kitchen without obstructing the view of the charming red plaid fabric inset in the cabinets or the detailed backsplash and range hood.
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Some kitchens call for a bit of sparkle. Here, a curvaceous crystal chandelier adds glamour and a bit of the unexpected to an otherwise subdued gray kitchen.
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Staggered Pendant Lighting
Lighting contributes to a kitchen's overall look and feel, as seen in this contemporary setting. Cylindrical pendants of varying diameters hang over the island in a staggered pattern to provide fashionable function.
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Sleek pendants with metal shades echo the stainless-steel apron-front sink, cabinet hardware, and commercial-style faucet in this kitchen. The lights are attached to the ceiling by an unobtrusive cable, keeping the overhead space open.
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Track Lighting and Pendant Lights
Track lighting was installed in this kitchen to spotlight functional areas around the perimeter of the kitchen, shedding light on important work spaces.
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Old-Fashioned Glass Light Fixture
The antique look of these glass pendants adds old-fashioned charm to a modern kitchen. Polished-nickel hardware echoes the stainless-steel appliances, and a heavy chain anchors the fixture to the ceiling.
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Large kitchens and hefty light fixtures go hand in hand. This kitchen, with its high ceilings and spacious floor plan, requires fixtures substantial enough to balance the space. Chandeliers made with interlocking circles hang above a pair of islands. In a neutral space, intricate lights add detail needed to keep the space interesting.
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Hang It Up
Infuse even more of the cottage vibe into a kitchen by using a piece of thick rope to hang a pendant. The texture of the rope and the painted metal shade on the vintage pendant give the space a lived-in and comfortable feel.
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The minimalist design of these contemporary drum-style pendants works well in a variety of settings. The fixtures are large enough to cast plenty of light on work surfaces, yet with thin, white shades and soft edges, they give the kitchen an open and airy feel.
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The organic shape and repeating arrangement of these small pendants works beautifully in this kitchen. Hung at different heights in somewhat random groupings, the shades add subtle variations to the natural look.
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The trio of pendants over this island shed a warm glow onto the large work space. Glass shades like these can often be swapped out, which gives you the freedom to try a new look without a lot of work.
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Tall Pendant Lights
Cylindrical pendants with linen shades extend the space vertically and supply artistic interest and practical lighting above the island. Crystal finials add a touch of sparkle.