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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10 Ideas for Kitchen Ceiling Lights
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.