The kitchen is the heart of the home, often becoming the social hub for all daily activities. For this reason, it is important that the space remains highly functional whilst also having a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere.
Lighting plays an instrumental part in creating the right ambience, whether you want to softly illuminate dining areas or show off with a statement fixture. Kitchens can be full of character, with your choice in lighting tying everything together to build a cohesive space that exudes style.
As lighting can be the cornerstone to any successful interior design, you’ll want to get it right. Our guide provides kitchen lighting inspiration to give you some ideas on incorporating industrial kitchen lighting and other timeless styles into your home.
Even if you have a smaller kitchen, there is plenty of space to get creative with your lights. Here at Industville, we’re big fans of statement lights because they can add instant style and visual interest to any room.
When it comes to statement lights, there are so many options to choose from, making finding the perfect piece for your kitchen easy, no matter how your current interiors are designed.
Incorporating statement lights into your kitchen gives you a chance to be bold and reflect your personality.
Hanging pendants make a great choice for kitchens as they can either function as spotlights over kitchen islands, providing task lighting for when you’re preparing food or doing work, or can illuminate a whole room in style.
We often find that using a series of stunning pendants makes for an eye-catching option as they give structure and a dynamic feel to your space.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Copper, by Industville (Image supplied by @shane_interiors_tbkc and @tbkc_essex)
There are countless styles of pendants to choose from, but glass pendants make a particularly elegant and versatile choice.
Delicate glass pendants reflect light beautifully, casting an ambient glow over your kitchen.
Recently, there has also been a growing interest in unique or custom pendants that bring something new to a space.
More people are beginning to see how lights can be used as a piece of art in their own right, adding effortless grandeur and personality to a kitchen. Some may view kitchens as purely functional spaces, but incorporating characterful light fixtures shows how easily a functional space can double as a stylish one.
The industrial look is an ever-popular design aesthetic, especially for kitchen interiors.
There are many tenets to the industrial ethos, with raw materials and an exposed look being key. Industrial kitchens that make use of these concepts are particularly striking - industrial-inspired light fixtures help tie the room together, showing great attention to detail.
When looking to embrace an industrial feel in your kitchen, using stunning metals is vital. Whether you opt for wall sconces, pendants or various light types, a combination of raw metals will help solidify your theme.
Metal lighting can give a clean, sleek feel that is perfect for the industrial look.
Lighting with a blend of metals is also particularly popular at the moment. Using a combination of different tones and finishes helps to create lux pieces with a stunning contrast.
Exposed Wires and Bulbs
Exposed wires and large filament bulbs can also be a great addition to an industrial kitchen.
Stringing up multiple lights with exposed filament bulbs or hanging statement pendants with corded wires helps to give an instant industrial feel with just a little attention to detail.
Caged Wire Pendants
Caged lights with wire shades also make unique pieces that incorporate geometric shapes into your space, adding the clean lines but exposed feel that works best in industrial spaces.
Dark Colour Palettes
Darker colours are another essential for the industrial style. As dark kitchens full of depth become more popular, think about how your lights can feed into this look.
Rich blacks, greys and silvers make great choices for your kitchen lights.
A Traditional Look
A fully-decked out industrial style kitchen might not be for everyone - so, how can you embrace a more traditional look?
Cottagecore and farmhouse-inspired kitchens are becoming more sought-after, and there are plenty of ways you can reflect this look in your lights.
You can choose brighter tones to create a lighter, cosier space. Using raw metal lights in colours like copper or brass adds a level of warmth to your kitchen that will beautifully complement a room painted in light or pastel colours.
Vintage Light Fixtures
Embracing retro lights can also help you develop a farmhouse chic feel. Vintage lights with dynamic shapes provide instant charm and character, turning harsher kitchen spaces into warm, welcoming sanctuaries.
A traditional kitchen design is all about creating a classic, comforting space - this can be achieved brilliantly with warmly glowing retro lights.
Industrial kitchens will embrace striking, geometric shapes, but traditional spaces are better suited to softer lines, blurring the edges of your kitchen to evoke that homely feel.
Lights that include softer shapes like curved domes and globes make perfect options for more traditional spaces.
A Modern Design
If you want to move away from more raw and rustic looks and would rather embrace a modern design, there are also plenty of lighting ideas you can try to achieve the modern kitchen of your dreams.
Although minimalism as a general design choice is beginning to fall out of favour, modern kitchens remain a space in the home where minimalism and simplicity are welcomed.
When considering how your lights can add to the simple, uncluttered feel of your kitchen, it is often best to keep to just one or two styles rather than mixing and matching lights as you might in a more eclectic space.
Simple but striking lights that are unadorned make great options for modern kitchens.
Pops of Colour
However, simple does not have to mean boring or dull. More frequently, we are seeing splashes of colour and patterns being added into modern kitchens.
This can not only be done through bright walls or coloured accents but can also be achieved through your statement lights. Pendants with shades in a colour that ties in with the rest of your scheme can become great focal points in your kitchen while also giving it a cohesive feel.
Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 17 Inch - Brass, Long Arm Dome Wall Light - 13 Inch - Brass & Swan Neck Outdoor & Bathroom Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Brass, by Industville (Image Supplied by Chris Snook Photography or @snookphotograph)
Lighting Ideas for Small Kitchens
We don’t all have the luxury of vast open-plan kitchens with high ceilings, so how can you incorporate some of the best kitchen lighting ideas into the space you have?
Don’t Sacrifice on Style
Just because your kitchen is small does not mean you have to settle for commonplace ceiling lights. Finding the right pendant is key - if you are worried about a pendant overpowering your space, choose a glass fixture to give you an airier, less confined feel.
Strategically placed walls lights can also help you make the most of your space.
Incorporate Lighting Throughout the Kitchen
You may only have room for one statement piece, but the rest of your kitchen will also need to be illuminated, creating both the right ambience and level of functionality.
Using hidden lights on the underside of kitchen cabinets or in kick-boards is a great way to maximise your space and ensure that each area of your kitchen is receiving the right amount of light.
Maximise Natural Light
If you have limited space to work with, make sure you pay attention to any sources of natural light and be strategic about where you locate your light fixtures.
Making sure you have the right style of light is also important to think about when ensuring you have plenty of space for natural light to move through your kitchen.
Creating the Right Ambience
No matter if you prefer an industrial, traditional or contemporary look for your lights, you must consider how you can make sure they are creating the right ambience, giving you all the light levels you need while still delivering on style.
Choosing the Correct Shade
When ensuring that you’re creating the right ambience for different areas of your kitchen, your lights’ shades will be an important aspect to consider.
How a particular shade diffuses the light will change the mood of your space. If you want to create a mellow ambience for your dining area, amber or grey-tinted glass shades can make a lovely option.
Optimal Light Positioning
It is also important to pay attention to where you position your lights, as where they are shining will affect the kind of mood you are able to create.
Before setting your heart on a particular piece, work out where you could realistically put any new fixtures and how the light there would shine.
The best positioning for your lighting will depend on how you will use the spaces in your kitchen. Illuminating a workstation will require different lights that create a different ambience when compared to lighting your dining area.
The right lighting plays a vital role in turning basic kitchen interiors into stylish sanctuaries that have a professionally-designed quality. With all these kitchen lighting ideas, you’re bound to find something to suit your style and space.
If you’ve been inspired, explore our range of meticulously designed, hand-crafted lights to create your own stunning kitchen interior! Make sure to follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages for even more daily inspiration.