Let there be light. For illumination brings new life to dull spaces.
The kitchen can be functional and utilitarian – a space for heating up, wiping down, and consuming fuel.
Or it can be inspiring, beautiful, and entirely aspirational – a room for creating, for nourishing, and a superb venue for entertaining. Let’s face it – everyone always ends up in the kitchen at parties.
We’ve explored the web and discovered the most beautiful, the most surprising, and the most inspiring collection of kitchen lighting ideas to help you transform your kitchen into a destination that everyone will love.
Let’s start things off with a few rules. Proportions are everything in a well-designed kitchen, so applying some simple guidelines can help your investment pay off.
LED strip lighting has transformed illumination for kitchens: easily recessed into ceilings and walls, it’s the most subtle and space-age radiance your kitchen can accommodate. The ceiling strips follow the angled gable, while the under-counter lighting brings light and elevation to the units and the island. Stunning.
The strip lighting around the floating shelf creates an antumbra of ambient radiance, accentuating the appealing imperfections of exposed brickwork. This warming, ambient motif reiterates beneath the island bar and at floor level, creating a stunning, mellow aura in this beautiful kitchen.
This superb Mondrian-inspired wall light could take pride of place on an empty wall in any room in the house. But for kitchens, this piece infers an appreciation of aesthetic that’s often overlooked. Creative ambience for inventive spaces. Fabulous.
If your kitchen has a low ceiling, you face certain limitations for pendant lighting. However, all is not lost. This box light embodies 1930s sophistication – making a feature of restricted dimension. Superb.
For some, trailing wires are an eyesore. But for the lover of post-industrialism, the stark black of the power cable adds as much beauty as the lighting itself. See how the “You & Me” neon is obscured by the background cordage? Exposed wires and bare bulbs make for beautiful rusticity in this relaxed environment; celebrating retro love.
Not only is this handsome kitchen striking in masculine black and stained oak, but the under-unit lighting draws the eye towards the luxurious lustre of the work surface and highlights the leather-like texture of the sheeny splashback. Stunning.
Galley kitchens can sometimes feel a little claustrophobic and oppressive, allowing energy to shoot straight through the space and out through the back door. The temptation, therefore, can be to soften that flow – but why soften it when you can reinforce it? This inset strip- and under-counter lighting adds dimension, elevation, and a little space-age chic. Wonderful.
This gorgeous space is vitalised by mother-of-pearl mini-tiles which gently reflect natural light into the kitchen. The industrial lighting enhances the starkness of the white and grey, adding the strength of black, echoed through the taps and the work surface. Simply stunning.
The golden glow of copper is a striking feature of this lovely kitchen. The antique-style brass pendants hover directly over the breakfast bar seating; the mosaic tiles adding additional glitz. Fabulous.
Colour interest can be introduced into a neutral kitchen through suitable lighting. This hot pink splashback adds instant pizazz into an otherwise nice, but uninspired kitchen. Light bringing energy and style.
The skylight ensures plenty of natural light in this bright and breezy modern kitchen space; curated in warm, neutral tones. The kickboard lighting, however, lifts this room from lovely to spectacular. The conical pendant lights in pewter and black define a clear centre point for this spacious, open-plan area.
The centre panel appears to hover in mid-air thanks to uplighting; suspended directly over the island unit providing both ambient and direct illumination. There’s a striking lack of pendant lighting in this minimalist space – LED strip luminosity at its very best. Wonderful.
Small is truly beautiful with this bijou space. The striking architectural pendants add style as much as illumination in this lovely kitchen in warm, neutral tones. The elongated conical form of the pendant lights is mirrored directly through the elegance of the chair legs, while the jaunty breakfast bar stand mimics the same conical angularity. Balance and poise.
Genius ideas don’t always need to break the bank. These quirky up-turned teacups are a DIY-project that will inject a little character into your kitchen. Inspired.
The brass mosaic tile is an excellent choice in combination with inset lighting. These floating shelves appear to glow, rediating beautifully into the rest of the room. The glitz of the copper juxtaposes strikingly with exposed brickwork, offering an opulence of textures. Fantastic.
The sleek right-angles provide perspective and depth that extend into a floor-to-ceiling aesthetic of calming pewter. The kickboard lighting gives this minimalist space a genuine space-age feel. Fabulous.
You could say that these triangular, conical pendants are deemed somewhat redundant underneath the glorious skylight that floods this space with all the energy of natural daylight it will ever need. But they help to define the centre of the room, adding an unexpected cosiness.
For something altogether more rustic, this fantastic train sleeper performs a beautiful function while maintaining theme with the wooden beams. The random hanging pendants present a quirky aesthetic, while the filament light bulbs provide a welcoming ambience. Gorgeous.
This cluster of goldfish bowl pendants is totally en mode for kitchens heading into 2020. The random heights introduce a graceful, diamond-like, reflective beauty. Cool and sophisticated.