Well-functioning kitchens often use a variety of lighting sources, and pendant lights are one of the most versatile. As a concentrated light source, pendants excel at providing task lighting and often work double duty as decorative focal points in the kitchen landscape. Pendant lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so before you set out to purchase new lighting, here are some of our favorite kitchen pendant lights for inspiration.
Here, caramel-colored wood against stark white walls and cabinetry makes for a beautiful kitchen that’s hardly demure. The minimalist, dome-shaped black pendant lights tie the room together, their reflective surfaces enlivening the matte black sconces and cabinet pulls. These pendants are a premium balance of boldness and simplicity, their parabolic structures seeming to float within the delicate metal threads that encase them.
High design always has a moment of the unexpected—consider these pendants that pleasant surprise. The classic lampshade shape done in this bright metallic makes the pendants feel like floating sculptures. Hanging them high keeps them humble; the strong shape and color could overwhelm the space if hung too low. We love how the Champagne Bronze faucet and coordinating cabinet pulls look like they were always meant to be paired with these pendants.
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This cozy kitchen packs a design punch with the addition of midcentury modern-inspired pendants. Their shape feels architectural—a thriving mix of angular and cylindrical—with an artistic edge. These pendants are proof that going big isn’t always the best idea—even the small in stature can make a strong (beautiful) statement. Pendant lighting is always versatile, working in kitchens of all shapes and sizes. Matching these pendants with a matte black Trinsic faucet and black cabinet knobs is a total design win.
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Stainless steel faucets and an elegant pot filler all gleam in concert with the golden glow of the pendant lights delicately dangling over the center island. This oblong threesome is a bold grouping that plays well with the wood, metal and textured glass tile details in this kitchen.
Is it the windchime shape that makes these pendants so enchanting or their honey color that feels both soothing and intriguing? This triptych (surrounded by a frame of molding) exemplifies all the reasons why making pendant lights a focal point in a kitchen design is never a bad thing.
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The vintage aesthetic of these smoky glass globes is a striking yet fitting contrast to this traditional kitchen. The kitchen is eclectic, for sure—we love the chrome pull-down faucet—and these unique pendants take the overall environment to the next level. These pendants won’t make for good task lighting, but they will make for an excellent detail in your kitchen. Hung high above the peninsula, these pendant lights are meant to be studied and adored at a clever distance; hung any lower, and the pendants’ size, shape and color could overwhelm this room and probably be a tad quirky. Distance, in this case, makes the heart grow fonder.
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This kitchen is welcoming, with a color palette exuding serenity, but the finer details of this space give it its megawatt power. The bold island may seem like the standout, but it’s really the pendant lights that make this kitchen stellar. The more traditional shade paired with the fixture’s modern structure and finish echoes the contrasts in the rest of the room. We can just imagine the warm light shining through the semitransparent linen shades.
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The serenely lush palette of sunset shades and mellow gray-blues is a showstopping combination that leaves room for going bold with your fixtures. The Champagne Bronze finish on a traditionally shaped faucet is strong enough not to be overshadowed by the atomic whirl-inspired pendant lights floating high in the kitchen’s atmosphere. We love that there’s nothing quiet about these pendants: They’re an intense display with an astral edge. Consider hanging the pendants in your kitchen independent of the island. Just like the stars, these fixtures aren’t perfectly placed to hover over the island. They stand alone, anchoring the room with their beautiful gravity.
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The large conical shape of these pendants demands pride of place in this energetic kitchen. The stainless steel finish on the faucets and appliances sparkles against the matte black lighting. These lights provide a grounding focal point for the kitchen’s design, making the space feel even more accessible by tying in the various design elements.
Don’t be afraid to get wild with your pendant light selection. Pick a bold design or get creative with how you hang them. While you think about kitchen pendant lighting, consider all the other great things you can do to update your kitchen. If you’re worried about big design changes, don’t be scared—there are kitchen renovations for every budget. Should you find yourself stuck for ideas, this year’s kitchen design trends are worth getting to know.
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