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 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.
A Beverly Hills home boasts circa-1935 pendant lights and a Wolf range in the kitchen. The kitchen counters are quartzite, the cabinetry is custom made, and the flooring is Marmoleum.
Salvagni designed the brass light fixture in the kitchen of a Rome palazzo. The 1780 Venetian portrait is of a family ancestor, the custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Elephant's Breath, and the walls are painted in Skimming Stone.
The kitchen island was made with reclaimed wood from the Upstate New York house, the countertop is Carrara marble, and the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero; the light fixtures are from Time and Materials, and the window frames, shutters, and cabinetry are painted in Farrow & Ball's Buff.
Vintage light fixtures from an ammunition factory hang above an early-19th-century shop counter in the UK kitchen; the floor is painted in Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe.
The Los Angeles dining room's 1890s pendant lights and chairs, which retain their original leather, are French.
The kitchen stools are by Mark Albrecht Studio, the glass-topped table is by Kelly Wearstler, the chairs are by Minotti, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, and the custom cabinetry is stained oak in a Beverly Hills home.
The kitchen stools are by BDDW, the pendant lights are by Paul Ferrante, and the ceiling fixtures are by Charles Edwards in this Santa Monica kitchen. The range is BlueStar, the refrigerator is Sub-Zero, and the custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Old White.
In a Manhattan kitchen the chairs and banquette are custom made, the Saarinen table is from Design Within Reach, and the pendant light is from Avantgarden; the wallpaper is by Hines & Company, and the herringbone flooring is original.
This Hollywood Hills kitchen features vintage pendants from Obsolete, BassamFellows stools from Design Within Reach, and a sink by Shaws with fittings by Jaclo. The custom-made cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue, the countertops are Carrara marble, and the hood by Modern-Aire is custom made, as is the flooring by Granada Tile.
On the Upper East Side, pendants from a Czechoslovakian factory and 1940s stools by Warren McArthur in the kitchen; the oven is by Wolf, the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles, and the staircase is suspended from cable supports.
A chandelier by Jonas Bohlin for Örsjö Belysning hangs above a custom-made table in a Swedish kitchen. The chairs are by Magis, and the rug is sisal.
In a Moscow apartment, designer Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby created a breakfast area within the kitchen. Pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the table; the chairs are by Vitra, and the plates on the kitchen counter are by Seletti.
The kitchen cabinetry in this Hamptons house is custom made, the stools are by BassamFellows, and the pendant lights are by Louis Poulsen; the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the hood is by Wolf.
The custom made kitchen counters and sink are accented by a pair of stylish pendants, and the dishwasher is by Fisher & Paykel in a home in New York's famed Tuxedo Park.
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.
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.
In London, the kitchen island is made from a 19th-century cast-iron stove and topped with Carrara marble; the pendant light is early-20th-century French, and the walls are lined with 19th- century Portuguese tiles.
In a Manhattan townhouse a custom-made lacquer cabinetry lines a wall of the kitchen; the barstools are by Philippe Starck, the vintage light fixture is by Stilnovo, and Saarinen Tulip chairs by Knoll surround a table designed by John Meeks.
The kitchen island and counters in this New York home are topped with a Caesarstone surface, the Bertoia barstools are by Knoll, and the 1950s pendants are Italian; the refrigerator is by Thermador, and the sink by Elkay has Rohl fittings.
A chandelier from a church hangs in this kitchen in Nashville, Tennessee. The range is by Dacor, and the cabinetry, painted in Farrow & Ball's Estate Eggshell in Mouse's Back, and range hood are custom designs.
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.
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.
In this New York kitchen, the custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with Nero Marquina marble, the Milo Baughman barstools were found on eBay, and the iron sculpture is a Paris flea market find; the range is by Jade, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the sink fittings are by Kohler.
The kitchen cabinetry and island are custom made in this home in Illinois. The drum pendant lights are by the Urban Electric Co., and the chandelier is by Restoration Hardware; the range is by Viking, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht, the backsplash is of subway tiles by Ann Sacks, and the floor is ebonized white oak.
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.
In the kitchen area of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's former home in Santa Monica, an Italian industrial light fixture hangs above an antique bluestone table and 19th-century American Windsor chairs; an Ib Kofod-Larsen armchair and a midcentury Danish lounge chair in its original leather are placed near the fireplace.