17 Unique Lights to Upgrade Your Kitchen Without a Costly Renovation

Updated 03/04/19
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Unique Kitchen Lighting
Catherine Kwong

Lighting can be one of the most transformative elements of any room in your home. With the right illumination and decorative style, you can set the tone you want, whether it's a bright and airy living room, a dark and moody bedroom, or a well-lit bathroom fit for getting ready in the morning.

The kitchen, in particular, is a room that can benefit greatly from the right lighting. It's the place where you carefully prepare meals and gather with friends and family to eat, so you'll want to ensure that space is not only properly lit, but that it also fits into the rest of your home's décor style so it's ready for entertaining and enjoying.

From contemporary chandeliers and clusters of pendant lights to modern sconces and industrial fixtures, there are so many unique kitchen lighting ideas to choose from. The best part is that most are actually relatively easy to install on your own or with a professional as well. So, while a new piece can completely transform your space, it won't be a major design project. 

If you're ready for a change, keep reading for 17 unique kitchen lighting ideas that are sure to make an impact.

Rejuvenation Haleigh 16
Rejuvenation Haleigh 16" Oil-Rubbed Bronze Dome Pendant $749 $599
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This custom piece from Rejuvenation is sleek and modern with a matte black finish. It also features a slightly industrial look thanks to the brass hardware that surrounds the dome shade.

CB2 Nassa Basket Pendant Light
CB2 Nassa Basket Pendant Light $299
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Get in on the rattan trend with this bohemian-inspired basket pendant light. The natural texture will instantly add warmth and interest no matter where you hang it.

CB2 Firefly 5 Bulb Brass Pendant Light
CB2 Firefly 5 Bulb Brass Pendant Light $229
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Whether hung above a kitchen island, table, or countertop these brass globe pendants make an impression. They're equal parts industrial and modern and with adjustable cord lengths you can create a neat or eclectic appearance.

West Elm Sculptural Glass Faceted Flushmount
West Elm Sculptural Glass Faceted Flushmount $79 $63
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Although it's a bit unusual for kitchen lighting, you can experiment with using a few flush mounts instead of traditional recessed lighting. This one from West Elm features geometric edges for a truly unique look.

Rejuvenation Carson 12
Rejuvenation Carson 12" Cord Pendant with Cage $309 $247
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This copper penny pendant light feels vintage and industrial. It's inspired by warehouse lights from the late 19th century and would look stunning in a rustic kitchen.

West Elm Duet Pendant
West Elm Duet Pendant $199 $140
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If you can't decide between a globe-shaped pendant and a more traditional shade feature, why not pair the two elements together? That's exactly what this duet pendant from West Elm does. The piece would look lovely on its own or in a row with a few to match.

IKEA Sjuttiofem Pendant Lamp Shade
IKEA Sjuttiofem Pendant Lamp Shade $10
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If you're going for a bohemian-inspired kitchen look, consider this paper pendant lampshade sourced from IKEA. It's an affordable and unique kitchen lighting idea—cool girls everywhere are losing it over this trend.

West Elm Curvilinear Mid-Century Chandelier
West Elm Curvilinear Mid-Century Chandelier $399 $319
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If your home features mid-century modern décor, consider this curvilinear chandelier. It features three shell-shaped shades that can be adjusted to direct light exactly where you want it. It would look chic above a kitchen table or even a countertop. 

Tom Dixon and Front Design Collective Melt Pendant
Tom Dixon and Front Design Collective Melt Pendant $1100 $825
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This irregularly shaped copper pendant light was designed by Tom Dixon and it features his signature sleek style and shiny finish. Hang a trio above the kitchen table for a chic look.

Rejuvenation Radcliffe 40
Rejuvenation Radcliffe 40" Rectangular Bare Bulb Chandelier $1999 $1599
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Make a statement with this large bare bulb chandelier. It's a contemporary piece accented by gold hardware and a clear suspension that gives it the appearance that it's effortlessly floating.

Rejuvenation Anello 12
Rejuvenation Anello 12" Spun Cone Pendant $329 $263
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This unique piece of kitchen lighting was made for minimalists. Meant to emulate the look of two spinning tops connecting, the piece was designed by Brendon Farrell and emits a warm, glowing light.

West Elm Light Rods LED Chandelier in Antique Brass
West Elm Light Rods LED Chandelier in Antique Brass $499 $399
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This contemporary chandelier is both functional and stylish, offering the illuminating light from LED technology and the sculptural effect of three diverging rods. If you're going for a fresh, design-forward look, consider this unique kitchen lighting style.

Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting PH5 Minim Pendant Lamp
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting PH5 Minim Pendant Lamp $698
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This popular pendant design hails from the mid-century modern era. Featured in a mini size, it's perfect for hanging in multiples above a kitchen counter or island.

West Elm Sculptural Glass Globe Pendant
West Elm Sculptural Glass Globe Pendant $99 $79
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This globe pendant would work well above a kitchen counter. Try using three in a row for a cohesive look.

CB2 Fringe Faux Leather Pendant Light
CB2 Fringe Faux Leather Pendant Light $299
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This fringe faux leather pendant light belongs in a free-spirited, boho chic kitchen space. Designed by Ceci Thompson, it's fun and carefree while remaining sophisticated and undeniably cool.

Pablo Designs Bola Pendant
Pablo Designs Bola Pendant $395
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There's nothing more elegant and modern than a cluster of unique pendant lights in the kitchen. This design features a flat element that beautifully contrasts with the globe light below. It's a stunning, futuristic piece of décor.

West Elm Sculptural Metal Pendant in Blush
West Elm Sculptural Metal Pendant in Blush $99 $79
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This metal pendant comes in a muted blush color that feels like the mature version of millennial pink. It could stand alone above a table or work in a group above the counter.

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