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Which room of your home is usually the most popular? For many of us, it’s the kitchen. Some even think of their kitchen as the heart of their homes; it’s where they cook and eat, as well as enjoy time together with friends or family.

So why settle for a ho-hum kitchen when there are so many magnificent ways to spice it up? The good news is that transforming an ordinary kitchen into a stylish and savvy kitchen space you’re sure to love doesn’t necessarily require a major renovation.

Whether you’re in love with the rustic, farmhouse style or you lean more towards a modern, contemporary look (or fall somewhere in between!), there are endless ways to create a kitchen space that works for your lifestyle.

A few carefully chosen, well-placed light fixtures can completely revitalize your kitchen and turn it into a more comfortable, functional, beautiful space. For example, under-cabinet or toe-kick lighting is easy to install and instantly creates an updated look.

Get started by checking out these lighting ideas that will brighten up your kitchen:

You may first want to consider adding a few fixtures which serve as both aesthetic and functional focal points in your kitchen. A popular option for kitchen lighting plans incorporates pendants.

Pendants are easy to install and come in many different sizes, colors, and styles. With the many different finishings and materials available in today’s fixtures, you can easily create a look that shows off your personal taste.

Consider adding pendants or other light fixtures over your casual eating area and/or the island for optimum illumination.

Here are a few examples of kitchen lighting fixtures we like:


Savoy House | Cranford

This Savoy House Cranford 4-light pendant has a relaxed yet stylish look that combines high-end shine and rustic touches. Strands of beads in vintage brass are strung from a hoop wrapped in textured rope.

Golden Lighting | Leighton

Golden Lighting’s Leighton Linear Pendant in Pewter with Navy boasts sturdy steel construction which provides extra durability. Its open cage and minimalistic design create a beautiful, airy aesthetic; the exposed candelabras and strong lines are elegant.


Capital Lighting | Dahlia

Capital Lighting’s Dahlia Collection finished in Silver and Bronze speaks to the sought-after mixed-metal glam trend. Fixtures feature sculptural intrigue and open, orbital forms that fit into transitional or contemporary design concepts.


Hinkley Lighting | Nula

Hinkley Lighting’s Nula is a work of art. A juxtaposition of industrial elements and organic influences transmutes simplicity into decadence. Pairing a dense chalk-white exterior with a gleaming, luxe gold interior elicits a dramatic effect. Several designs offer flexibility to customize for unique installations. Nula is part of the Lisa McDennon Collection.


Kuzco Lighting | Tulip

Primarily consisting of linear plated elements, the multiple arms of Kuzco Lighting’s Tulip fixtures set various heights for the spread of light. Rectilinear and organic the customizable fixture is composed of alternating gently bent stems, all converging at a central down tube. Numerous fine metal finish options and elegant cast glass shades allow for a multitude of aesthetic results, the pairing depends on your space and the palette required.


Crystorama | Layla

Metal ovals are artfully strung to frame the Layla collection from Crystorama. Perfect for a kitchen, entryway, living space, bedroom, or dining room, the fixture will add a statement to any space. While an accent piece, the monotone hue allows the design elements to shine.


Corbett Lighting | Calligraphy

An airy and sculptural interpretation of the art of exquisite hand lettering, Corbett Lighting’s Calligraphy pendant evokes swirling script flowing across the page – as if right from the artist’s instrument. At its core are two powerful LED light engines surrounded by floating bands held in place by thin, curving lines.


Are you looking for ways to brighten up your kitchen? Let us inspire you! We invite you to talk to a Carolina Lanterns and Lighting design specialist today!


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