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.
In the kitchen of this Los Angeles home, an 1890s farm table is framed by vintage French chairs from Obsolete. The stove and hood are by Wolf, the counters are soapstone, and the Hans Verstuyft pendants are from Plug Lighting.
The kitchen of this Tribeca condo, which is completely custom, is located just past the entryway through gorgeous mirrored French pivot doors. The kitchen’s modern framework is woven with vintage touches, including the use of restored glass that echoes the windows in the living room.“We opted for a black range, fume hood, and hardware, and kept the cabinetry light to create contrast. The inside of the cabinets and drawers are made of black melamine, making them extremely durable and easy to clean, while adding an unique decorative accent.” A highlight of the space is the artwork: two oversized pieces by German/Italian artist Markus Brunetti and a custom-made wall map are placed across the room. The map was designed and commissioned by Carolyn 11 years ago, and it has accompanied the family around all their homes over the years. Silver pins represent everywhere they have traveled together. “This is what I would theoretically yank out of the wall to bring with me, in case of a fire,” Carolyn says.
In the kitchen of this renovated spec home, natural light complements the custom cerused oak kitchen cabinetry with custom brass detailing. Circular pendant lights from Lambert & Fils provide contrast and bring out streaks of black in the marble countertops and backsplash from Marble America in New Rochelle, New York. The stools were sourced from CB2, and the appliances, Wolf.
In this Lake Tahoe retreat, the kitchen’s backsplash tile is by Exquisite Surfaces, and the countertop is by Caesarstone. The ceiling beams are reclaimed barnwood, the flooring is stained white oak, and the artwork was painted by the owners’ young daughter.
On an idyllic Aegean island, the kitchen’s custom island is in stainless steel, the sinks and fittings are by Marcel Wanders for Boffi, and the wall cabinets, counters, and backsplash are in Carrara marble. The ceiling is clad in bamboo and walnut, and the light is custom.
In this Milanese attic apartment, the custom cabinetry is fitted with marble counters, and the ceramic pendant is vintage.
"The vintage Rolleiflex pendant lamps are also one of my favorite things in our home," Refinery29 founder Christine Barberich says of these blue and white striped pieces. "I found them on eBay for next to nothing and they cast the most beautiful glow."
In this serene country kitchen, a soft coolness was heightened with large, soft seafoam pendant lights by Muuto.
In this light filled Greek kitchen, a modern light fixture enclosed in a glass box stands out as much as it blends in.
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.
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 , the ceiling lights are by , 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.
The custom kitchen island in Christina Juarez' home has a Carrara marble top, the pendants are by , and the barstools are by ; the bar cart is by , and the Sam Still artwork above it hangs on a wall covered in a wallpaper; the antique birthing chair is from New Orleans.
In Amanda Seyfried's Catskills home, the kitchen’s range and hood are by , the sink is fitted with a faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by ; the island has a countertop of , the pairs of pendant lights are by , and the cabinets are painted in .
In a NYC apartment dedicated to art, the kitchen’s custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by , the Saarinen table and chairs are from , and the chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from ; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from , and the floor tiles are by .
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.
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.
In a New York apartment, the kitchen’s sink, fittings, and tile backsplash are by . The range is by , the pendants are by , the custom island has a marble top, and the flooring is limestone with black-marble cabochons.
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.
The kitchen cupboard and marble-topped Tuscan tables in this Florence estate are 19th-century and the flooring is handmade cement tile from Florence.
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.
The light, striped wallpaper in this West Village dining room is illuminated with simple wall sconces, designed to reflect light outward and fill the entire space. Other furnishings include a table and a banquette upholstered in fabrics, The Thonet chairs are vintage, the barstool is by , the wallcovering is and the artworks include pieces by , , and .
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 mohair, are custom designs; the swivel chairs are by and the painting is by .
In a glamorous Central Park apartment, the kitchen table is by , the chairs are covered in a leather from and the light fixture is by .
In the kitchen of an Upstate New York ranch, handmade lantern-style 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, thechairs are covered in a vintage Larsen fabric, the ceiling incorporates beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn and the lights are by .
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 ). The cabinetry is custom made, the oven and stove are by Wolf, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Decorators White.
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.