Brighten up your kitchen with these stylish lighting ideas
Modern kitchens (and bathrooms) benefit from being bright and airy, so lighting is key. But there’s a lot more that can be done than installing ceiling spotlights. From pretty pendants to gaze-grabbing statement lighting, practical kitchen island lighting to wall lights in the shape of vegetables, there are plenty of ways to incorporate stylish kitchen lighting.We’ve searched through our archives to find some more stylish kitchen lighting ideas.
The Forties circular light is the pièce de résistance of this glamorous kitchen. The kitchen was inspired by the look of Thirties Parisian pharmacies. The island was designed to look like a freestanding piece of furniture and the unlacquered brass brings warmth and depth to the space.
Get the look: The pendant is from Marché aux Puces in Paris. The Tiffany Blue Amazonite is from The Marble & Granite Centre. Find similar wall tiles at Fired Earth. The cabinetry and shelving are bespoke.
LED lighting was cleverly incorporated into the apex of the kitchen’s roof, accentuating the height of the space.
Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry by Sola Kitchens features Corian worksurfaces and antique mirror-glass panels on the island. The island’s bespoke legs (matching the legs of the bar chairs) are by Adam Paterson at jpatersonbuilders.co.uk. These are Hauteville concrete bar chairs by Lyon Beton at Rockett St George. The felt Corn Flakes packet and other felt products on the shelving is from The Felt Cornershop collection by Lucy Sparrow at sewyoursoul.co.uk.
The gaze-grabbing extractor hood took its cue from the Lacanche range cooker and was hand-forged in Ohio.
Get the look: The Classic Dome range hood kitchen extractor is by Vogler Metalwork & Design, as is the bespoke brass sink. This is the range cooker by Lacanche. These are Autoban 249T Butterfly bar stools by De La Espada. The brass 1030 kitchen mixer tap is by Barber Wilsons & Co.
Who said kitchen lighting couldn't be fun? Here, bespoke modern units and fun copper pendant lights sing.
Get the look: The kitchen cabinetry was made by a local carpenter. The table was bought from an antique shop and resprayed. The Alto dining chairs are upholstered in Amlapura Damson F2119/02. The overhead copper pendant lights are from Holloways of Ludlow.
Choosing a marble splashback and worktop means the natural striations add subtle pattern to the fuss-free cabinetry. Knarled brass handles and light fittings act as a gleaming contrast for a chic finishing touch. Lipstick-red artwork by Sara Pope is repeated in a set of pouty Gubi stools that were reupholstered in luscious fuchsia velvet, giving the space an edgier feel.
Get the look: The bar stools are by Gubi, re-covered in Varese velvet in Fuchsia by Designers Guild. The lips artwork is by Sara Pope. The light is by Där Lighting.
The chandelier in the kitchen came with the house but was painted bright pink for a modern look.
Get the look: The kitchen units are from Krieder and are finished in sprayed lacquer, with worktops in Corian and banana leaf veneer. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray estate emulsion. These are Argento Larch porcelain planks from Mandarin Stone. This is the Josef armchair from Swoon Editions. These are Jerry dining chairs by Habitat.
Clear lights add style while not taking away from the rest of the kitchen design. The kitchen is chic and simple, with plenty of marble to add a natural yet sophisticated element. Details are all-important, from rounded cabinet corners to the brass footrest.
Get the look: The cabinetry is bespoke by Studio DB with a La Cornue range cooker. Mandarin Stone can supply similar marble. The pendants are from Crate & Barrel. These are Sable stools by Ochre.
This fun yellow pendant adds a bit of colour and sunshine to this chic, navy space.
Get the look: The kitchen surfaces are in Arabescato Paonazzo marble. The Seventies bar stools are by American designer Warren Bacon. This is the Cross Cable customised ceiling light by David Weeks Studio.
Tom Dixon lights over the island are a stylish alternative to a cooker hood. A zinc breakfast bar was created as somewhere to eat and as a way to extend the scale of the unit to fit the size of the room. There are lots of details that make this kitchen special, from the beaten silver cabinet handles to the mirror-back glazed units. A special shade of slate blue from Paint & Paper Library was chosen because it adds a softness that black or grey units couldn’t achieve.
Get the look: This is an original Hand Painted kitchen by Smallbone. The island is painted in Slate IV architects eggshell; and the cabinets in BTWN Dog & Wolf architects eggshell, both by Paint & Paper Library. The work surface is Misty Carrera Caesarstone. These are Pam bar stools by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pucci for Ligne Roset. These are Tom Dixon’s Melt pendants. The sofa is by Designers Guild.
A series of pendant lights hang at different heights from the tall ceiling, emphasises the ceiling height of the space.
Get the look: The kitchen is bespoke through Andy Martin with a worktop by Diespeker & Co. The pendant light is also by Andy Martin. The Déjà-vu stools are by Naoto Fukasawa for Magis at Viaduct.
Low hanging brass pendants complement the brass hinges, handles and details, tying the whole room together. The inspiration for the kitchen came from old French bakery cabinets. The symmetry is simple, but so striking.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Space Exploration Design and White Arrow, painted in Wimborne White eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The range cooker is by Lacanche. The bar stools are by Sawkille Co. These are BL9 pendants by Gubi. The handles are vintage finds.
Dark cabinetry links with the metal-framed glazing at the other end of the open-plan space, while a Sputnik chandelier adds glamour. A glam Sixties-style fitting isn’t your usual off-the-peg choice for a kitchen. The softer, tawny tone of the oak flooring works really well against the dark kitchen and the golden Sputnik light.
Get the look: This is the Starburst chandelier by Graham and Green. The bespoke cabinetry by Richard Emerson is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black estate eggshell. This is a Rangemaster cooker. The Weathered Oak stools are from Cox & Cox.
The home owner designed the leek wall light as a tribute to her favourite vegetable. Simple Ikea carcasses were dressed up with marble worktops and bespoke brass handles. Amazingly, the entire kitchen budget came to under £5,000.
Get the look: For an alternative to this Azul Bahia granite from Brazil, try MKW Surfaces. The door handles are by The Beardmore Collection.
Warm pendant lights illuminate the kitchen island, bouncing light around the room.
Get the look: Source white metro tiles from Fired Earth and a Le Creuset casserole dish from John Lewis. For a similar marble worktop, try Mandarin Stone.
Wall lights are an unusual choice for a kitchen, but these extendable lamps offer great task lighting for cooking.
Get the look: Jamie Blake of Blakes London made this kitchen from sketches drawn up by the home owner. The cabinet doors came from Waxed Floors. The wall lamps were bought on eBay.
These vintage pendants offer a pastel contrast to the cabinetry, emphasise the ceiling height and subtly echo the aqua shades of the collectable ceramics.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Woodwork Traditional Handmade Furniture, painted in Railings estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
This black-walled space is leavened only by a trio of white pendants and a touch of wood. This kitchen doesn’t get much light, so it was purposefully made even darker. The bespoke kitchen features a huge slab of black granite work surface with a tactile brushed finish. Just as dark are the walls, units and painted brickwork.
Get the look: For a similar paint shade, try Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion. The stools are vintage – visit Cox & Cox for similar. The vintage pendants are from Jaime Beriestain Concept Store.
A simple pendant light suits this pared-back, rustic space.
Get the look: The cabinetry is by Interior Elegance London. The light-wood floor is from The Natural Wood Floor Company. The stools are from Ikea. The ceramics above the stove are by Derek Wilson; and most of those on the open shelving are by Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.
The kitchen cabinetry is ice-white and simple, with all the textural impact emanating from a splash back of rich copper and the glass pendant. Glazing above and around the kitchen extension makes the most of available light, with the open feel enhanced by clever structural techniques that remove the need for supporting pillars.
Get the look: The kitchen is by Goldman & Rankin. Metal Sheets can supply a burnished-copper splashback. The mixer tap is by Vigo. This is the Diner 125 pendant by Davey Lighting at Original BTC. The Industrial leather bar stools are from Rockett St George. This is the Dot vase by House Doctor at Lef Living.
With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall, this kitchen is already flooded with natural daylight. But for the winters and evenings, wall lights illuminate the space in a warm glow and offer handy task lighting for cooking.
Get the look: The tap is from Barber Wilsons, made bespoke. Wall light is from Lampe Gras. The marble for the worktops came from Marble City. The table is from Belgian company Heerenhuis. The moulded plywood chairs are by Eames for Herman Miller, bought in the US and shipped over. The island is painted in Off-Black eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
Bronze mirrored-glass adds a glam note, while the kitchen pendants over the island don’t block out any natural light.
Get the look: The island is made from Calacatta Vagli marble from Italy, sourced by Jon Loveday. The Raimond pendants are by Raimond Puts for Ox-ID at Moooi. These are Charles Ghost stools in Matt Gloss White by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Axor Citterio Semi-Pro single lever kitchen mixer tap is by Hansgrohe.
This kitchen has an industrial edge, with hard surfaces and simple, practical fittings. A large pendant suspended above the kitchen island offers a warmer light to complement the practical spotlights.
Get the look: The Honed Petite Granite floor tiles are from Integrated and the Grove wall tiles are by Waterworks. The mahogany kitchen island with its white Carrara marble worktop came from Fullscale Woodworking Inc, while the drawer unit and white oak shelves and brass brackets were all custom made. The collection of crockery is by Sir/Madam. The Tolix bar stools are from Antiquaire and the large pendant Candy Shop light, made from industrial parts, is by John Ogden from John Derion. The brass taps are by Waterworks, the farmhouse sink is from Rohl, the stove is La Canache and the fridge is by SubZero. The woodwork is painted in ‘Wrought Iron’ by Benjamin Moorre. The door hardware came from Frank Allart.
Crystal chandeliers add drama and contrast against the exposed brick walls and dark minimalist furniture.
Get the look: The Kenta table and benches were custom-made by Lombok. The ballroom chandeliers are from Abigail Ahern. The plant pot is by marthasturdy.com. The kitchen units and island were custom designed, made in Poland via architect Waind Gohil. For this inset stove, visit Fisher & Paykel. The Singing bowls are by Donna Karan.
Factory style pendants complement the factory style pipe tap and raw surfaces. The standout island worktop was crafted from reclaimed parquet flooring, while two structural beams became the perfect spots to hang lighting and a quirky display shelf from.
Get the look: The bespoke kitchen was built by Gregos Builders and is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Black Blue estate eggshell. The pendant lamps are vintage German Bakelite found at Sunbury Antiques Market. This is the Grottesco tap from Stockholm-based company Tapwell.
A single hanging lightbulb lends a more casual touch to this brass and marble kitchen.
A vibrant pop of yellow adds a fun, bright contrast against the more muted browns.
Get the look: Try Rene Houben for similar vintage lights. The bar stools are by HK Living. The flooring is from Oude Plank.
The best things come in threes. This trio of simple pendant lights emphasises the clean simplicity of this kitchen.
Get the look: The kitchen is bespoke by Matrix Design, with a marble and brass island. These are Hooked pendants by Buster + Punch. The bar stools are from Rockett St George.