Modern kitchen lighting does more than just shine light on a work surface; it adds charm and character to the space and showcases your personality. Whether you’re planning a kitchen lighting makeover or you’re designing a new kitchen from scratch, this list of kitchen lighting ideas is sure to inspire.
Think chandeliers are too fancy for a modern kitchen? Think again! Kitchen chandeliers come in a number of styles designed specifically for kitchens and breakfast rooms. Take a look at mini chandeliers and you’ll find everything from traditional crystal chandeliers to decidedly modern kitchen chandeliers choiceslike the Socket-to-Me chandelier by Varaluz or the Cromo Chandelier from Eurofase.
Linear Pendant Lights
Linear pendant lights are a type of suspension lighting well suited for kitchen areas. Whether you hang a series of individual linear pendants or opt for a suspended linear pendant fixture, the linear arrangement is ideal for lighting long, rectangular areas such as countertops, dining tables, and breakfast bars. You could also use linear pendant lights for kitchen island lighting. Linear pendant lights add a beautiful and functional statement to any kitchen — and the style choices are virtually unlimited.
Mini Pendant Lights
Need kitchen lighting in a nook, over a sink, or in a prep area? Mini pendant lights complement your overall kitchen lighting scheme, adding light or a splash of color in areas as needed. For example, the Fire Pendant from Tech Lighting comes with a gorgeous Murano glass outer shade available in six colors (amber, cobalt, smoke, Havana brown, steel blue, and red).
Use mini pendant lights to further define a work space, highlight an architectural element in the kitchen, or add personality to your kitchen. For unique breakfast room or kitchen island lighting, consider grouping a series of mini pendant lights together.
Kitchen Wall Lights
Wall sconces are another modern kitchen lighting idea that can brighten the room and make a statement at the same time. Kitchen wall lights range from simple accent lights to dramatic kitchen lighting choices. Wall sconces are available in any number of styles such as the stunning Meurice 5-Arm Wall Sconce by Jonathan Adler Lighting to the charming Teardrop Sconce by SONNEMAN Lighting.
Kitchen lighting under the cabinets can be both functional and beautiful. Whether you’re looking for task lights to illuminate kitchen work surfaces as you prepare meals or want dramatic lighting effects at night with LED lighting, installing under-cabinet lights in your kitchen is an easy choice. Options include under-cabinet light bars, track lights, and round button lights. Many under-cabinet kitchen lights, such as the Unilume LED light bar, feature modular construction, allowing you to snap multiple pieces together. Under-cabinet lighting often includes options for USB modules, outlet modules, and tablet and phone cradles.
As you can see, modern kitchen lighting choices are plentiful, allowing you to light your kitchen and breakfast room to suit your home’s architecture and your personality. While you’re mulling over these kitchen lighting ideas, don’t forget about kitchen lighting accessories such as kitchen dimmer switches, control boxes, and accent lights. And if you are in the midst of a full kitchen remodel, check out more kitchen remodeling tips from DYZ Home.