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Charming kitchen lighting ideas

Whether you're doing a full kitchen remodel or you just want to get rid of those old fluorescent light fixtures, updating your kitchen lighting is a simple and affordable way to transform your kitchen style and create a whole new atmosphere in the most important room in your home.

At times, your kitchen may be used as a serious workspace or just a place for gathering and entertaining family and friends. No matter the use, kitchen lighting is essential. Find lighting that is bright enough to illuminate the kitchen while you're cooking and cleaning, but also soft enough that it's warm and inviting when accommodating guests.

Because kitchen lighting is such an essential part of kitchen decor, there are many aesthetic styles that have emerged. From rustic pendant lighting to traditional chandeliers and contemporary recessed lighting, our extensive guide of kitchen lighting ideas will help you find a design that fits the look and needs of your kitchen.

After having fun choosing new lighting for your kitchen, you may catch the bug and want to do more upgrades. If so, be sure to check out our extensive selection of kitchen cabinets. With a versatile selection of styles and colors, we are sure to have a cabinet-type perfect for you and your kitchen.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Below is an eclectic selection of kitchen lighting ideas. Browse through and find the best styles to match your tastes and kitchen design.

Pendant lighting

Pendant lights are fixtures that hang from a cord or pole and usually come in sets of two or three. Pendant light fixtures have many design types, from rustic traditional to contemporary. They are a great option for kitchen islands because they hang low and illuminate your counter space, avoiding harsh lighting from the ceiling. Because pendant lights hang down at eye level, they're also a great opportunity to flex your interior decor muscles. Try matching your pendant light with accent colors and materials around your kitchen. For instance, if you have gold knobs or handles on your cabinets, incorporate gold into your fixtures.

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Kitchen wall lighting

Kitchen wall lighting usually comes in the form of a lamp or lantern and in sets of two or three. They are typically situated over the sink or stovetop, but are also a great option for illuminating your open shelving as seen with Beginning in the Middle's chic shelving and wall lighting combination. Kitchen wall fixtures are especially useful for those nights spent cleaning or cooking, when you want to illuminate just the small sections of your counter space or your sink. Kitchen wall lights don't take up much space and are placed in open areas on your wall, so if you like simple and understated designs, this is a good option for you.

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Under cabinet lighting

Under cabinet lighting is an excellent way to brighten some of the darkest areas of your kitchen. This is a great option if you don't have enough natural light in your kitchen or if you prefer soft lighting on your counter space for those late night trips to the kitchen for a snack. Under cabinet lighting pairs well with recessed lighting. Together, they create a consistent and balanced glow throughout your kitchen without causing any areas of harsh light.

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Recessed lighting

If you're attracted to understated lighting, then recessed lighting is the best option for you. Recessed lighting can be small circular fixtures or the recessed trim lighting you see in the elegant kitchen from EH Design. Recessed lighting not only creates a seamless look on your ceiling, but also provides a balanced spread of light around the room that other lighting types can't provide.

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Kitchen island lighting

Kitchen islands are the new must have in kitchen designs. They create a cohesive workflow by providing extra counter space to prep and eat. As kitchen islands have become more popular, so has kitchen island lighting. Island lighting usually comes in the form of pendant lights as mentioned above, but can also be chandeliers or track lighting. Consistent spacing is essential for island lighting. You don't want too much or too little light on your island or around your kitchen.

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Kitchen chandeliers

Chandeliers are a timeless and classic light fixture option. There are traditional options like the examples from My Soulful Home and Laura Design Co., contemporary options like the designs from E Interiors and A Nomad at Home and rustic options like the example from Petite Haus. Chandeliers are one of the most aesthetically stunning types of light fixtures, but they may not be the most practical if you are looking to illuminate a large space. Consider a chandelier as a complimentary option to balance your recessed lighting.

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Track lighting

Track lighting has many useful functions and is the most simple fixture to install in our guide. Its most practical feature is being able to adjust the focus of each light, so if you want to illuminate a specific area of your kitchen all you have to do is reach up and adjust one of the individual lights. You can quickly and easily change the lighting depending on the situation, whether you are cleaning, cooking or entertaining.

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Kitchen ceiling lighting

Ceiling lighting fixtures are usually a single apparatus in the center of the kitchen ceiling or placed near the stovetop. Kitchen ceiling lighting is a practical option for smaller kitchens that don't have a lot of surface area, but can also work well in large kitchens like Living Vintage Co.'s rustic kitchen design.

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There are many factors that go into choosing the right kitchen lighting for your kitchen's needs. Before making a commitment, consider the size of your kitchen, the amount of cooking and cleaning you do and what type of lighting best fits your style. Once you've made a decision on your kitchen lighting type, be sure to install the lighting with appropriate balance for your kitchen's needs.

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