For spaces where you spend the majority of your time at home, like your kitchen and around the fireplace, consider custom details that you're passionate about. A run-of-the-mill pendant light would work, of course, but an expressive installation of a truly special piece could elevate a workmanlike space. Ahead, nearly 50 unique kitchen lighting ideas—chandeliers, pendants, flush-mounts, globes—suited for a wide range of sensibilities.
In the kitchen of this lofted Los Angeles home, Hans Verstuyft brass pendants from Plug Lighting are a sleek counterpoint to an 1890s farm table framed by vintage French chairs from Obsolete.
A relatively traditional kitchen in this Tribeca condo is brought to life with a scattering of Murano-style blown glass pendants in confetti tones.
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 a New Orleans mansion, an open cage, polished nickel pendant from casts stylish shadows in a marble kitchen.
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—a collection of Edison bulbs framed out in a glass rectangle—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 Homepolish co-founder Will Nathan's industrial loft, a trio of concrete gray pendants softly grounds a white and wood kitchen.
In this serene country kitchen, a soft coolness was heightened with large, soft seafoam pendant lights by Muuto.
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.
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 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.