Kitchen Lighting Ideas Add Style & Functionality

Looking to brighten up your kitchen?

Just add new light fixtures!

From enhancing the overall atmosphere to better illumination for food preparation, fresh lighting design offers an excellent way to instantly update your kitchen without a full remodel.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular kitchen lighting options you’ll want to consider.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights give your kitchen an upscale look with options to fit every budget.

They look great over islands, sinks or dining tables. And with an almost endless array of styles, materials and finishes to choose from, they can go with any decor — from modern to traditional, glam to minimalist. Install in a straight line, or cluster them in unique patterns for a touch of creativity.

Flush Mount Lighting

With no gap between the fixture and the ceiling, flush mount lights give you abundant, consistent illumination throughout the kitchen without taking up too much space.

Lightweight and easy to install, flush mounts add a spacious feel to homes with more compact kitchen areas. Pair with a dimmer switch to instantly adjust the ambience from bright and practical for cooking and cleaning to soft and welcoming for entertaining.

Tube Lights

For the larger kitchen, tube lighting provides ample illumination to the whole space.

Also easy to install, tube lights give your kitchen a bright, cheerful feel and do a great job of complementing contemporary designs.

Recessed Lighting

If you prefer a flatter profile, look for recessed lights.

Installed into an opening in the ceiling, this option gives your kitchen a sleeker, cleaner appearance with abundant light from more modest fixtures that don’t stick out.

Track Lighting

Need more light for chopping veggies or mixing ingredients?

A highly functional option, track lighting includes multiple fixtures that can be angled in different directions, so the light goes exactly where it’s needed. Choose a model that’s dimmer-compatible so you can adjust the illumination for the task at hand.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Similar to track lights, under cabinet lighting makes cooking easier and comes in a variety of sizes and lengths. Look for dimmable models that let you enjoy a softer glow for unwinding after the meal is done and the dishes have been washed.

Kitchen Chandeliers

Far from being a relic of a bygone era, the versatile chandelier isn’t just for dining rooms — it can be right at home in your kitchen as well! It can also be as traditional or as modern as you like.

The clean, contemporary lines of a smooth, round drum chandelier give off a calming vibe. Bring a touch of nature to your kitchen with rustic models fashioned from twigs or canvas. Or enjoy the one-of-a-kind timeless elegance of a classic crystal chandelier.


Lanterns add an unexpected touch of nostalgia to the kitchen and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and materials.

Exotic designs lend an international flavor to your kitchen, while leafy, tropical patterns create a relaxed coastal feel. From bright, energetic colors to soothing round designs, there’s a lantern for almost every decor.

Showcase Lighting

Want to show off that fabulous wine collection? Beautiful stemware? Top-of-the-line cookware?

Install a few display lights inside glass-front cabinets or open shelving to let the items in your kitchen be a part of your decor. Recessed spotlights mounted inside cabinets or shelves can also put a spotlight on special features like a wet bar, sink or other upscale touches.

A zone lighting pattern lets you combine different fixtures in different areas of your kitchen for maximum functional and aesthetic benefit. Recessed lights allow a centerpiece chandelier to stand out, while track lighting over the counter helps with cutting, chopping and mixing.

Need help choosing the right lighting fixtures for your kitchen? Contact Elite Renovations & Design and our experts will help you select and install the best options to fit your needs.