20 Style-Making Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen

Illuminate the heart of your home with jaw-dropping lighting that'll elevate your kitchen's style.

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Go Big With Contrasting Styles

This inviting kitchen brings in rustic appeal with exposed wood beams and brick walls, throws in cottage charm with white cabinets, marble countertops and a subway tile backsplash, and then tops it all off with a dose of industrial-style lighting. Two Restoration Hardware 'Bistro Globe' chandeliers are hung side-by-side for maximum impact over the farmhouse-inspired kitchen table.

Old is New Again

When this 1888 Chicago home was remodeled, an open floor plan to meet a modern family's needs was a necessity. The updated kitchen now mixes contemporary and traditional elements for a space that's truly the heart of the home. A trio of brass pendants from Circa Lighting stand out in the sea of warm woods and soft whites. A Restoration Hardware 'Wine Barrel Chandelier' hangs over the streamlined breakfast table for a touch of Old World style.

Brass is Back

Sleek hunter green cabinets plus black marble countertops equal a full-on showstopper. Modern 'Tom Dixon Beat' tall pendant brass lights are the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, adding the just-right touch of warm metallic to the space. Brass continues in the teal-topped barstools, cabinet hardware and sink faucets, allowing the eye to travel throughout the whole kitchen.

From: Caitlin Murray and Caitlin McCarthy Designs

Bring on the Metals

White-on-white architectural details abound in this open, cottage-inspired kitchen. The shiplap walls and exposed arched beams are joined by built-in cabinetry that maximizes storage and creates the opportunity for a rolling ladder. (Because who doesn't want one of those?) A jolt of color comes from the Kelly Green island. And certainly not least, the Low Country Originals 'Double Copper Drum' lights balance out the almost-all-whiteness of the space and add an industrial element that becomes an essential part of the design.

Shades of Green

Soft green 'Muuto' pendants create a subtle yet impactful moment in this cottage kitchen. By pulling their hue from the surrounding green soapstone countertops, they seamlessly merge the kitchen island with the Farrow & Ball's 'Dove Tale'-painted cabinets. Scandinavian-inspired barstools add welcome depth to the space.

Bigger is Better

Step away from those old skinny pendants and embrace the bigness of bold pendant lights, like these Arteriors Home 'Armand Pendants'. The hammered silver adds tactile appeal to this classic kitchen, which already has a striking display of contrast with two-toned cabinetry. Traditional trimwork and crown molding frame the space in a full-on timeless vibe.

Clear Globes, Full Style, Can't Lose

This wow-worthy kitchen already stands out with a custom hot pink island and mosaic tile climbing rose backsplash. The key to lighting was to choose fixtures that added to the overall look without cluttering the space. Arteriors Home 'Caviar Fixed Staggered Pendants' with their clear globes and polished nickel fittings make a statement without distracting from the awe-inspiring design elements.

Style Meets Function

Robin's-egg-blue cabinets and a subway tile backsplash set the scene for this updated cottage kitchen. The monochromatic color palette allows the trio of Thomas O'Brien 'Garey' pendant lights in polished nickel to create an eye-catching statement above the large family-friendly island. Striped barstools add texture and pattern, while mimicking the beadboard facade of the island.

Fair and Square

Two Creative Co-Op metal-and-wood square chandeliers bring farmhouse charm to this streamlined traditional kitchen, where the subtle blue-gray cabinets and range hood are paired with snowy white marble countertops and tile backsplash. The X shape of the light fixtures is repeated at the end of the island for a barn door-style look.

Up the Style Ante

A surefire way to make a design element stand on its own: choose the opposite shade of everything else in the space. Sleek oil-rubbed bronze lights from Rejuvenation create a striking contrast in this all-white and wood kitchen. The windows are also bordered in black to pull the hue throughout the space, and of course, frame the stunning landscape outside.

Reclaimed Contemporary

Dark, cramped kitchens are virtually obsolete. Open floor plans that seamlessly combine the kitchen and dining spaces merge our love of gathering around food with a pleasing, easy flow design. Here, the light fixtures are not only eye-catching, they also create a striking juxtaposition. Over the kitchen island, vintage hammered-copper pendant lights add soul and personality while a contemporary branch-like Lindsey Adelman chandelier highlights the dining table, which combines two replica Saarinen Tulip bases with a reclaimed slab of Douglas Fir.

Lighting With a Story

Instead of buying reproductions, look for the originals. Designer Sarah Richardson's love for antiques knows no bounds, so when designing this cool gray kitchen, she chose vintage lanterns from Of Things Past. The oversized light fixtures match the proportion of the 10-foot-long island to create an overall balanced design.

The Right Mix

The balance of warm woods and clean whites blend for an inviting, eat-in kitchen. Steel-and-linen light fixtures from Low Country Originals add an eye-catching accent above the dining table, which is surrounded by classic Parsons chairs and a tufted gray bench. Statement-making doesn't have to mean elaborate. Clean lines and simple shapes are often the perfect combination for leaving a lasting impression.

Amp Up the Glam

No need for pendants when you can opt for chandeliers. Gorgeous crystal chandeliers from Dering Hall hang over this French Country-inspired dining area and the expansive kitchen island. This well-curated Malibu kitchen mixes styles perfectly: rustic reclaimed wood finds its way to the pitched ceiling, classic herringbone flooring grounds the entire space and then for good contemporary measure, the range hood is a shocking bright yellow. Eclectic brilliance.

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Reclaimed for a Purpose

Contemporary and traditional styles come to a head in this warm, inviting kitchen designed for entertaining. Dark chocolate oak cabinets, granite countertops and tumbled stone floors combine with sleek stainless steel appliances and streamlined barstools. Yet the real star of the space is the trio of 'Milk Bottle Lamps' by Tejo Remy, which actually repurpose standard milk bottles into a polished, contemporary light fixture.

From: Drury Design

Elegance Never Goes Out of Style

This timeless kitchen is full of opulence, from the custom cabinetry and marble countertops to the built-in china cabinet and classic moldings. A skylight above the massive island bathes the space in natural light, while 'Victorian Hotel Pendants' from Restoration Hardware add the finishing touch of sophistication.

Be Transparent

Kitchen pendants may be a small detail, but they have a huge impact on the overall look of your design. The open framed simplicity of the 'Hadley Chandelier" from Ballard Designs fits in perfectly with the updated classic style of this family-friendly kitchen.

Seek the Unexpected

A giant marble kitchen island may take center stage in this midcentury modern kitchen, but the lighting deserves its fair share of attention. The Resident Lighting 'Tri Pendant' almost seems to hover above the island and adds a contemporary geometric note to the space. The Danish-inspired 'Very Large Luxus Glass Globes Chandelier' by Uno and Osten Kristiansson elevates the breakfast area to next-level chicness.

Simple and Sophisticated

For this family of five, an oversized kitchen island was a must. Clad in honed snow-white granite, the island is illuminated by traditional-style 'Chapman Country' lights from Visual Comfort. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry maximizes storage (another must-have!), while glass upper cabinets keep the space light and airy.

From: Drury Design

Make It One of a Kind

Maximizing the potential of the structural steel beam, designer Jordan Iverson custom designed an industrial-meets-modern light fixture that mixes steel with exposed bulbs and wires.