Kitchen Lighting Ideas

If you want to add both beauty and function to your kitchen, an update to your lighting may be just what you need. Cleverly designed illumination doesn’t just brighten up a room, it can also create a stunning impact that changes the entire look and feel of the space.

The following tips from our expert designers will help you create an inspired lighting design that is a reflection of your unique style.

Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Match

When it comes to kitchen lighting, your options are virtually endless. As you create your new lighting design, don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors, shapes, and styles. Just make sure you stick to a core tone or theme so everything looks cohesive.

For example, you may choose a chandelier, wall lighting, and several different styles of pendants, making it work by ensuring they’re all black and a few have matching accents.

Use Light to Create Shadow and Depth

The best kitchen lighting designs allow you to create a balance between shadow and light. By placing your lighting close to natural materials, you’ll enhance the texture of the wood and grains, bringing them to life. You can also layer your lighting so various light sources come from different angles, adding even more dimension to the space.

Try adding a bit of discreet illumination, such as under-cabinet lights, along with indirect ambient lighting that bounces off the ceiling. Also, don’t feel like you have to light every inch of your kitchen. Allowing for some shadow adds both depth and visual interest.

Consider a Single Statement Light to Highlight a Focal Point

When you want to draw attention to a beautiful marble island, a gorgeous table, or some other focal point, a single statement light is an excellent option. This can help unite the overall look of the space and add a touch of elegance.

Be sure to choose a style you really love and one that complements the space. Also, make sure the light is scaled in proportion with the island or other focal point and that it is centered.

Remember the Rule of Three

A great kitchen lighting design incorporates three types of lighting: task, mood, and feature. Task lights are bright and functional, illuminating areas like your stovetop, sink, and food prep surfaces. Mood lighting is typically a soft, diffused light that is used to create ambiance in the space. Feature lighting can be anything from a single statement light to a color-changing lighting system, in-cabinet illumination, or any other attention-grabbing feature that appeals to you.

Schedule a Personal Design Consultation  

Still not quite sure exactly what type of lighting your kitchen needs? No problem! Our experienced design experts can help guide you through the process of choosing the perfect lighting for your kitchen design. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.