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.
These silver orbs/wannabe disco balls are the cool kitchen upgrade you never knew you needed. They’re unexpected, but totally rad.
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 globe lantern makes this colorful kitchen feel exotic. Even though the space is small, it still has an impact.
In the kitchen of an Upstate New York ranch, a root table found at an upstate New York auction was fitted with a glass top, the Josef Hoffmann chairs are covered in a vintage Larsen fabric, the ceiling incorporates beams from a 19th-century Pennsylvania barn and the lights are by Isamu Noguchi.
If you want an eye-catching piece in your kitchen, you need a statement chandelier. Even though this one is massive, it doesn’t feel obtrusive, due to the minimal design and clean, open framework.
This is how you create the ultimate mic-drop moment in your kitchen. Bonus points if you DIY this from your backyard.
Mixing metals feels cool and perfectly imperfect. If you’ve got stainless appliances, try brass pendants.
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.
People will think you bought them at a Moroccan bazaar. (But no one has to know that you actually didn’t.)
If you want a neutral metal, choose steel. It works in basically any decor style.
In a clean-lined kitchen, pendants add an industrial edge. Up the vibe even more with black nailhead bar stools.
Pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the marble-top kitchen island in Tamara Mellon’s Hamptons house, the cabinetry is custom made, the oven and stove are by Wolf, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White.
The custom furnishings in the dining room of this West Village apartment include a table and a banquette upholstered in Maharam fabrics, The Thonet chairs are vintage, the barstool is by Gubi, the sconces are by Areti, the wallcovering is Work + Sea’s Watercolor Stripe and the artworks include pieces by Wardell Milan, John Register, and Jeff Lewis.
Bored of your traditional kitchen? Geometric pendants to the rescue.
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.
In Palm Springs, this breakfast room’s Saarinen table and chairs are by Knoll, the painting is by Martin Sniper and the light fixture is by Artemide.
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.
If you use a lot of color in your kitchen, add contrast with brass pendants. They’re neutral without looking boring or cheap.
In a country home in Uruguay, the kitchen’s pendant light is leather, the ceiling beam is an old railroad track found in a nearby field and the flooring is tinted cement tile.
The dining table and banquette in this Upper West Side apartment, upholstered in a Maharam mohair, are custom designs; the swivel chairs are by Koi and the painting is by Allen Anthony Hansen.
In a glamorous Central Park apartment, the kitchen table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.
The Los Angeles dining room’s 1890s pendant lights and chairs, which retain their original leather, are French.
A natural texture like rattan is ideal for a coastal kitchen. Even if you don’t actually live by the sea, you can decorate like you do.
In this Floridia home by Nate Berkus, stools by BDDW and light fixtures by Historical Materialism fill the kitchen. The marble wall tiles are by Ann Sacks, and the counters are teak.
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.
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.
If you want to update your cooking space without shelling out serious money, you’ve come to the right place. Lighting is an easy way to make a big difference in your kitchen. These fixtures will make a statement, enhance your existing design, and brighten up your kitchen without costing you a fortune. That way you can save those dolla dolla bills for the things that really matter, like having that bounce castle at your wedding.
Pops of yellow wake up a breakfast nook. It’s like a jolt of energy before you’ve even had your first sip of coffee.
In the kitchen of an Idaho home decorated by Mary Lynn, Marie, and Emily Turner of M. Elle Design, the island and vent hood in the kitchen are custom made, the range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, and the barstools are by BDDW.
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Need to brighten up your kitchen? Paint lanterns white inside to reflect more light.
If you want to add some color but are afraid to go too bold, try a mobile. It will liven up a neutral kitchen without overpowering it.
Use a pendant to add a subtle vintage feel. Though longer ones work over kitchen islands, this short hanging pendant is perfect over a kitchen sink.
Lanterns are a classic fixture but still feel modern when hung in an unexpected place, like in the kitchen. Pick a finish for the lantern’s interior that works with your decor style.
In a New York apartment, the kitchen’s sink, fittings, and tile backsplash are by Waterworks. The range is by Wolf, the pendants are by Circa Lighting, the custom island has a Calacatta marble top, and the flooring is limestone with black-marble cabochons.
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The custom kitchen island in Christina Juarez’ home has a Carrara marble top, the pendants and floor lamp are by Tom Dixon, and the barstools are by CB2; the bar cart is by Homenature, and the Sam Still artwork above it hangs on a wall covered in a Madeline Weinrib wallpaper; the antique birthing chair is from New Orleans.
In Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills home, the kitchen’s range and hood are by Wolf, the Whitehaus sink is fitted with a Kallista faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by Heath Ceramics; the island has a countertop of Caesarstone, the pairs of pendant lights are by Tom Dixon, and the cabinets are painted in Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore.
The kitchen cupboard and marble-topped Tuscan tables in this Florence estate are 19th-century and the flooring is handmade cement tile from Florence.
A chandelier is peak glam. Make it a gold one and live your fanciest life.
In a NYC apartment dedicated to art, the kitchen’s custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by Wolf, the Saarinen table and chairs are from Knoll, and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from Remains Lighting; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from Duralee, and the floor tiles are by Paris Ceramics.
With a pineapple lantern and bright yellow wallpaper, it’s tropical vibes all around. It might be a bit much for a dining room, but it’s ideal for a breakfast nook.
Tie your kitchen together by matching your pendants to your backsplash. It can add even more color and liven it up.
In John Robshaw’s kitchen, the settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sink fittings are by Newport Brass, the ceiling lights are by Restoration Hardware, 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.
Balance rustic and modern with industrial hanging pendants. They can also help ground an all-white kitchen.
Contrast a rustic, wood kitchen with glass pendants. It’ll brighten up the space and keep it feeling modern.
Industrial-style pendants add contrast above the kitchen island in a traditional home. They balance out an ultra-femme room.
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.
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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.
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.
If you’re already feeling your existing lighting, you can still update it by rearranging your grouping. An L-shape feels cool and unexpected.
The dining table and chairs are by DimoreStudio, the Sputnik ceiling light is by Fedele Papagni, and the marble flooring is original to the 1970s building in this Monte Carlo apartment. The artworks in the dining area are by Pierre Le-Tan.
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.
A trio of pendants look clean over an island. Farmhouse decor goals.
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.
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.
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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.