15 Pendant Lights to Elevate and Illuminate Your Kitchen

Update boring and outdated kitchen lighting with a beautiful pendant that adds style, charm and ambiance.

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February 10, 2021

If you just bought a house or simply updating your current kitchen design, lighting can really make a difference. You can express your unique design style through lighting, whether it's an oversized, sparkly pendant light (just like your personality) or an understated trio of vintage-inspired lights over your kitchen island. Below, we share our favorite pendant lighting ideas for your kitchen that you'll love for years to come.

$79 - $169
West Elm

Simplify your kitchen with this sleek, glass pendant design. The industrial fixture includes a transparent glass shade and metal hardware with a contrasting brass finish (or choose from two other finishes). Add one above your kitchen table, or use a few to illuminate your kitchen island.

Hunter Fan

Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, this mini pendant light graces rooms with its round glass shade and sleek design. The pendant’s diameter is eight inches, while the download can extend to a whopping 64.6 inches. Choose from matte white, brushed nickel and modern brass to coordinate with your design style.


Drawing inspiration from vintage styles, this pendant is an ideal piece to transform a plain kitchen into an eye-catching eat-in ensemble. Its round canopy and slim stem are crafted from meta, while the exposed socket is augmented by an outsize clear glass bowl shade for a bold look.

The Home Depot

Grab one or two of these classic, bronze lantern pendants to give your kitchen a timeless update. We envision this design shining above an island or breakfast table in a traditional, transitional or modern farmhouse setting.

Hunter Fan

This rustic mini caged pendant is perfect for both modern industrial- and farmhouse-style spaces. Included downrods allow you to customize the height, from 17 inches to 65 inches, making it completely customizable for every kitchen.

$163 $130
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Create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with the classic barn-like touch of this open-caged light fixture. It features a faux-wood frame with a rich painted finish. A farmhouse-inspired X-brace design stretches across each side of the frame, recalling old barn doors and rustic farmhouse gates.

$132 - $209
Pottery Barn

These schoolhouse-inspired pendants are at the top of their class. Each one features a glass shade and an iron frame with a handpainted bronze or nickel finish.


Hollywood glamor in the kitchen? Yes, please. These soft glow pendants possess a star quality that transcends time. It's crafted from a sturdy gold-tone metal top with a white globular glass lighting body that's also dimmable, allowing a customized lighting ambiance to add as much or as little shine to your home.

$255.05 $179
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Turn heads in your traditional or transitional kitchen with this pagoda-style lantern pendant. The pretty, curved lantern cage is crafted from metal and features three dimmable lights. Choose between brushed or polished nickel, or opt for burnished bronze to add rustic appeal to your design. Display two or three over your kitchen island to illuminate and anchor an open-concept kitchen and living space.

Hunter Fan

Featuring a beautiful quatrefoil design coupled with distressed finishes, this chic pendant light has a soft and authentic look perfect for French country- or farmhouse-style spaces. You can even convert this pendant into a semi-flush mount light to meet your space's needs and create a cohesive look.

$228 - $278

Bring some brightness to your midcentury kitchen with this jute and steel pendant light. The stunning fixture is crafted from a durable steel frame and features fine jute details. The combination of natural jute with the modern frame yields an accessory that's guaranteed to bring a golden glow and a heightened style to any space.

$273 $240
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This drum-shaped pendant is perfect for a kitchen island searching for some shine. The versatile luminary offers a great amount of filtered light and is dimmable for a true cooking ambiance.

$298 - $448
Serena & Lily

Looking for a no-fail lighting option? This chic, white ceramic pendant delivers every time. It sports a classic silhouette and a glossy, white finish that promises to play well with any of your current (or future!) kitchen decor. The ceramic shade stands apart from similar designs because it features a subtle, ribbed texture throughout that gives it an undeniably high-end look.

$299 - $599
Crate & Barrel

Make a modern statement with a pair of these wire-weave dome pendants over your kitchen island. The striking, sculptural globe shade is made of hand-welded iron wire and comes in three sizes and finishes. Choose the icy white or earthy gray to add a sleek accent to your minimalist design, or bring warmth overhead with the gorgeous, golden brass finish.

$398 - $598
Serena & Lily

This sleek dome pendant appears fresh and clean with a simple white exterior and a glamorous, gilded shade interior. The gold-leaf finish adds chic contrast to the fixture and ushers a luxurious glow above any kitchen island or dining nook.

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