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Kitchen Lighting Ideas to make your kitchen look brighter

The heart of the home deserves better-than-builder-grade lighting. In today's blog we will talk about the different types of lights you can use in your kitchen to make it look newer and modern!

Super-Sized Kitchen Lighting

Soaring vaulted ceilings call for oversize fixtures. Here, a pair of bigger-is-better basket pendants light up the long island (once an old workbench), while a more petite version hangs above the sink.

On the Grid Kitchen Lighting

A group of four simple, flush-mount fixtures with a slightly larger center fixture means every inch of the kitchen is properly lit. The symmetrical arrangement within the exposed beams adds even more visual interest to the ceiling. Pro tip: Install fixtures on their own switches so you can turn lights in certain areas on and off as you desire.

Brass Band Kitchen Lighting

Keeping finishes consistent unifies the different lighting styles in this Kentucky kitchen, as seen here in the brass wall sconce above the open shelving and the aged brass-topped pendant above the sink. Brass brackets from Rejuvenation, drawer pulls, and countertop accessories pull the sophisticated look together.

Outside-In Kitchen Lighting

A substantial lantern is a grounding design element in this light and airy kitchen. Typically seen outdoors, this style is showing up more and more inside. For an even bigger impact, paint a vintage fixture a bold color in a glossy finish.

Milky Glass Kitchen Lighting

Salvaged school house-style, milk glass pendants are positioned above the island, sink, and breakfast area in this kitchen. They enhance other neutral features like the white apron sink and are a nod to the home's overall nostalgic vibe.

Novel Kitchen Lighting

Not all kitchen lighting has to be purely functional. How about adding a little something that's just pure fun? This red arrow marquee light adds loads of personality to this already colorful Texas kitchen.

Show Stopper Kitchen Lighting

A brass pendant, fittingly salvaged from a shipyard, is a statement piece in this small kitchen and a tribute to the home's waterfront setting.

Recycled Material Kitchen Lighting

In a house built with almost all recycled materials, why not keep going when it comes to the lighting? This matching set of found objects was fashioned into one-of-a kind pulley pendants for a unique focal point over the island's countertop. Pro tip: When bulbs are exposed, try the more attractive Edison bulbs, which are now widely available.

Happy Clamper Kitchen Lighting

An industrial clamp light brings cool shape, color, character, and texture to this kitchen workspace. And best of all, it's adjustable, so it sheds light wherever you need it. A barn light in the same hue hangs overhead.

Contemporary Kitchen Light Fixtures

Super sleek fixtures are a surprising touch in this most-rustic-of-all kitchens. The pendants and the swing arm lamps lend an unexpected contrast to the reclaimed wood and antique stove.

Vintage Kitchen Light Fixtures

In a newly renovated kitchen, this vintage industrial trio of lights makes for an instant focal point. Colored glass insets create a muted pop against the mostly white space. Bonus: The pulleys still work, which makes for adjustable task lighting. Pro tip: When shopping for vintage lighting, always buy extras if they're available. Parts and pieces from additional fixtures may come in handy down the road.

Copper Toned Kitchen Light Fixtures

Customized from a wire basket turned upside down, this three-bulb fixture makes for an interesting conversation starter. The patina of the basket and matching chain play off the copper-y colors found on the hood trim, shelf brackets, and drawer pulls for a cohesive farmhouse aesthetic.

Clear Pendant Kitchen Lighting

A symmetrical arrangement of clear glass pendants creates order, adds sparkle, and allows an unobstructed view through the trio of windows. Because it almost disappears, clear glass is a good choice for small kitchens—and it doesn't compete with other decorative elements.

Eclectic Kitchen Lighting

Industrial ceiling lights from a local Mexican restaurant are paired with a more feminine shabby-chic iron chandelier painted white, taking the collected vibe of this kitchen to the next level.

Pretty as a Picture Kitchen Lighting

Brass picture lights illuminate traditional kitchen workspaces, as well as the homeowner's art collection (a nice personal touch in the kitchen). Sculptural sconces light up the sink area.

Nautical Kitchen Lighting

This pendant light from a decommissioned ship looks right at home in this Ohio lake house. The aged metal top and clock's frame add a little edge to this all-white space. Pro tip: Wrap unsightly cords with rope or fabric for a more finished look.

Pendant Kitchen Lighting

Let Mother Nature do the work during daylight hours. Leave windows bare to let the sun shine in. When the sun goes down, rely on pretty pendants and recessed lighting on dimmers to cast a glow.

Elegant Kitchen Lighting

A crystal chandelier and a tall, slender table lamp nestled into the corner give this kitchen an elegant feel that's in keeping with the rest of the house. The tailored black lamp shade is especially chic. Bonus: Moody lamplight is especially pleasing at night.

Kitchen Sconces

A pair of petite twisted iron sconces with shades flanking the window allows for the maximum amount of cabinetry, as well as proper lighting for dish duty. Tucking in lights under the cabinet is another smart way to illuminate hardworking spaces and take advantage of every precious square inch.

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