Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Under $200

From retro to sleek, low-budget fixtures update this important room.

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December 08, 2016

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Mason Jar Charm

Let your love for vintage jars shine. Light fixtures made from Mason jars fit with a vintage, rustic or farmhouse kitchen design. These single pendants made of upcycled jars cost about $125 each, says Atlanta designer Jenn Ryan, owner of Jenn Ryan Designs and Reclaimed Lighting. Chandeliers made with a trio of Mason jars can also be found for less than $200 through online artisan marketplaces, or you can make a holiday-inspired Mason jar chandelier.

Get Thrifty

Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.

Industrial Meets Farmhouse

Change up your room with an industrial light fixture, but in a color that doesn’t seem too harsh. These metal pendant shades, which are under $80, come in a spa blue selected by Wendy Durnwald, Georgia DIY and home decor blogger. She saved even more by finding the vintage-like fixture at the Ballard Designs outlet.

Exposed Bulbs

These glass Kichler Everly pendants boast a gentle curve and a filament bulb for a vintage twist. The pendants can be found online from multiple retailers for less than $150. This kitchen is designed by Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon of Atlanta-based GordonDunning.
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Farmhouse Flair

A gooseneck fixture over the sink fits with the style of a renovated Georgia lake home, designed by Beth Johnson. These vintage-style fixtures are often sold new for less than $100.

Island Luminary

These pendant lights were $90 from Joss and Main, which designer Nancy Keenan of Harris Park Homes often goes to for stylish budget pieces. The streamlined shape of the glass shades are timeless, she says.

Throw Some Shade

Change the look of existing pendants or garage sale finds with interchangeable shades, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. You can alter the room’s design style and add color with this simple change. Here, textured glass shades catch the eye and soften the light over the kitchen island.

Think Outside of the Box

A globe chandelier adds a geometric element in a kitchen, and often without the high cost of ornate fixtures. This new Allen + Roth fixture was less than $175, and the black finish ties to the Silestone countertops selected by Atlanta stylist and DIY blogger Jo Torrijos

Try a Table Lamp

Illuminate key sections of a peninsula or island by using stylish lamps normally reserved for other parts of the home. Atlanta designer Jo Torrijos selected white table lamps from a national home goods retail chain for the renovated kitchen in her modernized Craftsman bungalow.

In the Round

Patience and timing can pay off when trying to redo a kitchen and also stick to a budget. Elizabeth Lineberry with New River Building Co. in metro Atlanta found round glass pendants priced at two for $289, with 20 percent off at a modern home decor and furniture store. The simple glass fixtures add subtle visual curves and don’t obscure the shiplap walls and rustic wood vent hood.

Drum Up a Deal

A drum pendant with a shade offers affordable elegance, no matter your style, above an island or kitchen table. The filter on the bottom hides the bulbs and creates a soft glow, says interior designer Michelle Mentzer. You can find drum pendants with solid or patterned linen shades often starting at $125.

Lay on the Light

“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
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Hit the Spotlights

For just under $150, these Savoy House Vintage pendants really pack a punch. Designers Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon of GordonDunning placed the pendants over the island, using them to highlight the pops of color provided by fresh produce. 
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Keep It Classic

These pendant lights are a classic look that won’t go out of style too quickly. “You have to be careful with something that most people feel like is a pretty permanent addition,” says Atlanta designer and builder Nancy Keenan. Similar lights with a schoolhouse look and a white opal glass shade can be found at home improvement stores for under $70.

Find Your Style

To get a designer look on a budget, Atlanta designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta says she loves the prices and variety of lighting fixtures offered at home improvement stores. “They literally have a thousand choices online. You can order something and if you don’t like it, you can take it back in the store, so that’s a really great feature for lighting and mirrors,” she says. These orb lights from Home Decorators Collection were under $50.

Inspiration at the Shore

Take a cue from the lighting in this coastal kitchen, which combines sleek style with weathered ceiling beams reminiscent of driftwood from the sea. The glass-domed shade on these pendants strikes a fine balance between those modern and rustic elements in this home in Florida’s Alys Beach community. You’ll find similar pendants priced between $125-$200 at lighting and home decor retailers.

Industrial Touch

Industrial lights are becoming more popular in styles and designs, which is bringing down the price point for new fixtures. “If you use authentic industrial lighting, it was meant to hang in a factory. So you can find an old vintage light a lot of time and get it for a good deal,” says Stephanie Andrews, a designer for an Atlanta-based company, Balance Design.

Bedazzle With Class

Bling out an existing or repurposed light fixture by adding crystal garland and gorgeous glass droplets to get the look of a crystal chandelier without the cost. You also could repurpose crystals from another fixture.

Mercury Glass Glam

When you have a large island, designers often use three pendants to fill the space. A pendant with mercury glass, for example, can add style to any kitchen, no matter whether you’re going for a retro look or an upscale Mediterranean-style beach cottage, like this home in Alys Beach, a coastal Florida community. This finish is available anywhere from $50 and up through home decor stores and retailers.

Veneer Finish

Create a trio of colorful pendants to illuminate a small island or kitchen table. Reuse paint cans as the base and then wrap them in oak veneer, in this low-budget DIY project that Lowe’s says beginners can do in a few hours.

In with the Old and New

For a bit of industrial style in your kitchen, upcycle a light fixture. Designers with McNeal Walker Interiors in Atlanta found the metal fixture at the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore and repurposed it to fit in their kitchen redo.

Find the Light

Scour home donation centers and nonprofit home decor stores for single pieces that can go into small spots, such as a bar nook. This industrial-style fixture was one of the items that McNeal Walker Interiors found at such a store and repurposed.

Farmhouse Feel

Gourd-shaped pendants are a designer favorite for a rustic aesthetic in a new or renovated home. You'll find them starting at $100, and the finishes range from chrome to mercury glass to beaded. And in this home, they point to a defining element -- the rustic ceiling beams.

Beside the Kitchen Sink

Instead of the functional but boring can light over the sink, use a mini pendant. This dome light with a clear prismatic glass shade and a bronze finish retails for less than $50. 

Industrial Roots

A vintage-industrial fixture like this one creates a sleek yet cozy silhouette. You can find these one-light pendants for around $200 each from online and home decor stores, in polished and oil rubbed finishes, from chrome to bronze. 

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