Kitchen Lighting


Lighting is a huge part of interior design, and can make or break a space! In all of our projects, we focus heavily on the lighting to ensure our clients have the flexibility for all eventualities. A key area of the home that is crucial for getting the lighting right in is the kitchen! It can also be equally tricky to get the lighting right in kitchens because there are so many different things that occur in the space. From food preparation to socializing – the lighting needs to cover all bases!

In this Shop the Look feature we’re going to share our top tips and ideas on Kitchen Lighting so you can create the perfect lighting set up in your space!

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How to Recognize Kitchen Lighting

There are different elements to kitchen lighting: light over the sink, island lighting, general ceiling lights, under cabinet lighting, and even wall sconces!

Firstly, it’s important to understand how you use the space. Is it mainly used for cooking, or do you socialize here too? It’s a good idea to have different layers of lighting so you can adjust the lighting levels when needed.

A light fitting over the sink is needed for building code purposes, and can be either wall sconces above looking downwards, or a simple pendant light. Kitchen island lighting could be either one linear chandelier or a few of the same pendants installed in intervals. If you have open shelving as part of your kitchen design, consider adding wall sconces on either side or above to add soft illumination to them (see example in the mood board above).

Kitchen Fun Facts:

Cooking food has been a necessity for all of time, yet in ancient times people cooked on open fires that were built outside on the ground. These then started to migrate inside as large fires with hanging pots.

We started installing modern kitchens back in the 1600s which is when kitchens became commonplace and weren’t just reserved for the wealthy. Kitchens were very much a separate room in the house, or a completely separate structure entirely.

In the early 1900s a kitchen was very basic with freestanding appliances (if the family could afford them), and a worktable in the center of the space.

Nowadays, kitchens are considered the heart of the home! This is due to the fact that families tend to congregate there at dinner times and the space has become a central hub for entertaining guests.

Style Clues

This style often includes:

  • Sink lighting (wall sconces or pendants)
  • Island lighting
  • Wall sconces
  • Under cabinet lighting

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Gold and Matte Black Mini Pendant

This mini pendant light is perfect for installing above a kitchen sink to add a stylish touch to the space!

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Brass Linear Chandelier

Use a linear chandelier like this one for above the kitchen island.

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Globe Wall Sconce in Antique Brass

We love using wall sconces above floating shelves in kitchens as this adds a softness to the space!

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Gold Pendant Light

Use a gold pendant light like this one above the kitchen sink or island to give the illusion of space in smaller kitchens.

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Black Lantern Pendant

We love the classic look of this lantern pendant as it would look fantastic above a kitchen island!

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Warm Brass Pendant Light

This dome style pendant is perfect for adding a statement above any kitchen island.

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