This New Lighting Trend Might Make You Ditch Last Year's Edison Bulb

Updated 08/20/18
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When it comes to kitchen lighting, bright ideas are always welcome. In fact, finding the right lighting is essential to the heart of the home. For starters, the kitchen is a place where guests tend to congregate, and we all know it’s always of utmost importance to serve up chic vibes when playing host. To satisfy your cravings for a change in the kitchen, the answer might just be to look up, setting your gaze beyond the backsplash, appliances, countertops, and cabinets to focus on new kitchen lighting ideas that include pendants, chandeliers, and sconces.

The truth is you don’t have to put on your chef’s hat to serve up major style. Whether your needs include ample light for entertaining or a little mood lighting for midnight snacking, upgrading your lighting provides an instant kitchen face-lift at a fraction of the cost of a major redesign. So swap out the old chandelier, bid adieu to Edison bulbs, and say farewell to flush mounts in favor of new kitchen lighting ideas that make a bolder, brighter style statement.

The future is bright: Ahead, check out 13 inspiringly gorgeous kitchens with chic lighting to match.

Mat Sanders ; DESIGN: Consort Design

Monochrome lighting is a sleek way to add high contrast to a kitchen space. This chic black-and-white stunner shines bright with a whole new riff on (kitchen) island life: It doubles as a dining table chandelier.

Atelier de Troupe Balise Pendant $3570
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David Gilbert Photography ; DESIGN: Simo Design

In designing the perfect all-white kitchen space, lighting is sometimes the obvious choice to introduce a different color or finish into the mix in a small way. This kitchen presents a fresh new twist on the almost-all-white trend, with a wood island that paves the way for white pendant lights to enhance the room’s bright-white appeal.

LD Shoppe Thames Cement Pendant $214
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Bethany Nauert ; DESIGN: Kishani Perera

Sleek, high-shine lighting illuminates a dark, masculine kitchen design. No matter which metal suits your fancy, from copper to gold to silver to chrome, a shiny finish adds wow factor. How’s that for putting a little sashay in your sauté?

Crystorama Lighting Group 6461 Arlo Single Light 12" Wide Mini Chandelier with White Glass Shade $288 $230
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Heredwelling ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

If you’re like me, you might play the sous chef in the relationship (let’s be honest: I pour the wine). For kitchens where it’s a priority to keep the cook company, it makes things all the more fun to replace the idea of a kitchen island with a full-on farm table. And what pairs perfectly with a farm table (besides wine, of course)? A grand chandelier.

Restoration Hardware Bistro Globe Clear Glass 16-Light Chandelier $2299
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Bethany Nauert ; DESIGN: Bryan Wark

Brass-and-gold lighting adds warmth to the kitchen, making the space all the more inviting for guests, taste testers, and anyone else looking to join the chef in his or her wheelhouse. We love the mix of warm tones in natural wood and tobacco leather to enhance the golden hues of these brassy pendant lights.

Schoolhouse Electric Royce Chain Pendant $559
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Ryan Garvin ; DESIGN: Blackband Design

For a kitchen already filled with clean, modern lines, selecting the perfect pendant lights elevates the space even more. To add subtle variation in surface texture, play off marble countertops with a matte finish.

Tom Dixon Beat Tall Pendant Black $550
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Studio McGee

You can’t go wrong with gorgeous globes to brighten up the heart of the home. In an open-concept kitchen, the combination of simple white globes with gold chains creates a classic appeal.

Visual Comfort Thomas O’Brien Casual Katie Globe Pendant in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass With White Glass $315
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Armelle Habib ; DESIGN: D + D Home

Love to feel minty fresh? Try giving your kitchen a little bit of tinted love with pastel pendant lights. Softer shades can be just the right amount of subtle color to mix into a bright-white or neutral kitchen space.

Space Copenhagen for andTradition SC6 Small Copenhagen Pendant Light $420
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There’s something downright sexy about a shiny brass chandelier with a balance of geometric lines and spheres. Against a more minimal, modern design, this multi-arm version adds a glam touch to a dreamy kitchen island.

Beacon Lighting Aksel 6 Light Pendant in Brass/Clear $895
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Julia Robbs for Homepolish ; DESIGN: Annouchka Engel

Don’t be afraid to embrace the unexpected for kitchen lighting that truly sparkles. Break out the bubbly with pendants and chandeliers that feature clustered orbs to give the appearance of effervescence. 

Gilded Home Taylor Bubble Chandelier Clear $2259
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Simo Design

One way to make a more impactful kitchen lighting moment is to size up. A large white pendant light is both simple and bold, and it’s the perfect choice to lighten up a kitchen filled with levels of texture and saturated color. 

Benjamin Hubert for andTradition Spinning BH2 Pendant Lamp $499
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Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Emily Henderson Design

To build a little bit of extra style into a kitchen space, try mixing and matching eclectic light fixtures like an antique pendant light paired with modern sconces. This kitchen is proof that bright ideas come in all shapes and sizes.

AERIN Clemente Wall Light $496
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Claire Esparros for Homepolish ; DESIGN: Jennifer Hallock

Our favorite new kitchen lighting ideas take a more complementary approach to mixing old and new, sleek and textural ingredients. The combination of modern cabinets with twisted rope pendant lights is perfect for sipping, snacking, entertaining, or all of the above.

Pottery Barn Glass Globe Hood + Rope Bulb Kit $129
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Which of these bright ideas would you like to see in your kitchen?

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