Kitchen island lighting ideas – pendant lights, modern fixtures and more

Looking for some bright kitchen island lighting ideas? With proper lighting your kitchen is going to be functional and a feast for the eyes too.

large yellow gold dome pendant lighting over a kitchen island
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Like all gorgeous kitchen ideas, there are so many options when it comes to kitchen lighting. Yet choosing perfect kitchen island lighting requires more attention than you may think. If you've gone for a kitchen island, then you have introduced a timeless yet very on-trend feature that deserves the utmost respect of great lighting.

Optimal task lighting makes food prep, cocktail preparation or even the morning's first cup of coffee heaps easier (and more inviting) and there are so many kitchen island lighting ideas around so you are sure to find the perfect fit.

Interior designer, retailer and author, Abigail Ahern of Neff Home, explains, 'Get practical with task lighting as it should be designed to allow you to cook and prep safely and also read a recipe or work. Upgrading your lighting provides your kitchen with an instant face-lift at the fraction of the cost of a major revamp.'

We are unashamed of our obsession with kitchen lighting so keep scrolling to find our favorite kitchen island pendant lighting ideas, modern fixtures and so much more.

1. The industrial-but-rustic kitchen island lighting find

a kitchen island lighting black trapeze light over a white kitchen island

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Ooooh we love this kitchen lighting idea: it's all industrial yet rustic, too, ready to fit into a relaxed urban home or a rustic cottage.

The biggest upside is its almost-bare bulbs, which means light is cast upwards as well as sideways and downwards – a must-have if your kitchen island lighting is also your room's main ambient light. 

This kind of lighting effect is what you want in a small or light-starved room, too – it'll help it feel bigger and brighter. Large Metal Trapeze Pendant, £225, Cox & Cox.

2. The cool urban kitchen island lighting for atmospheric dining

a kitchen table with minimalist lighting

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If your kitchen island takes centre stage as your favorite evening dining area, this teal-colored ceiling light is perfect. 

It makes a strong style statement (its minimalist style and gorgeous color makes it the perfect match for contemporary interiors) and gives off a bright light that's cast downwards so can be sure that it's functional but can also create an intimate atmosphere. Hotham LED Mesh Ceiling Light, £125, Habitat.

3. The Scandi style boho bamboo kitchen island light

Single pendant feature light made from bamboo over a kitchen island with marble countertops

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Want to make a statement and soften your interiors? Hang this dome shaped single pendant light over your kitchen island. 

This gorgeous feature light made from intricately wrapped bamboo is both stylish and perfect for a natural color scheme. We're definitely getting hygge vibes (and you'll never catch us complaining about that...). 

In fact, we've got a load more Scandinavian design ideas if you're as obsessed as we are with the neutral, texture layering style that defines Nordic homes. Hampstead Pendant Light, £100, Garden Trading.

4. The must-have three light pendant (there are three for a reason)

white simple, retro kitchen island lighting

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Ever noticed that loads of kitchen island lighting ideas in glossy mags and on interiors websites have three pendants (specifically three) over a kitchen island? Why not two? Why not four? 

The theory is that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye when displayed. So, three vases look better in a grouping than two or four, for example. 

This design is simple and contemporary, boasting clean lines it is understated and easy to style. Made from iron and chrome, this kitchen island lighting is reliable and durable, originally from Marks & Spencer.

5. The high shine copper trio for glam kitchen diners

there hanging copper glass vessel pendant lights over a kitchen island

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If your kitchen is all about glamour, coppery tones and rosey hues, these hanging pendant lights would look fab lighting your kitchen island. 

The small holes that create a netting detailing at the bottom of the light shade gives an ombre look from a distance and allows the bulbs to glow a moody light. Clark Three Pendant Diner Fitting Copper, £89, Dunelm.

6. Cluster lighting for that on-trend, style-conscious look

Cluster lighting suspended over a tan leather chair

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If your kitchen island pendant lighting ideas are more about drawing attention to the light fixing itself than actually providing good old fashioned task lighting to prep and cook by, this cluster pendant is the light for you. 

The combination of metal, glass, and cable gives these cluster pendants an authentic, stripped-back edge that would make a statement hung above your kitchen island. If you love the industrial, loft feel, Bhs is serving looks. Industrial Style Ceiling Cluster Pendant, £180, Bhs.

7. The Nordic Noir design that's super cool

three grey scandi pendant kitchen island lights suspended over a table

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John Lewis's stylist has us ogling over the mix and match use of these three separate, grouped pendants in black, grey and white. 

They're sold individually so it's up to you, but if you want to achieve a contemporary, cool look while keeping your kitchen color scheme neutral, we are big fans of this kitchen island lighting option. 

The matte, chalky colors are simple and relaxed and the walnut top gives the lighting a Nordic feel we love. Plus, they're made from ethically sourced materials. What's not to like? Nordlux For The People Pure Ceiling Light, £80, John Lewis.

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8. The smoked glass contemporary cool kitchen island lighting

smoked glass three kitchen island pendant lighting

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Once, we would have described Argos as cheap and cheerful. But now... chic comes to mind. 

For a modern feel, pendant lighting is effective and convenient, and if you know where to look, affordable. 

The beauty of this trio from Argos is that they are authentic in smoked glass and copper, while maintaining an effortless and rustic feel. Highland Lodge 3 Light Pendant Light, £80, Argos.

9. The farmhouse duo in trad brass

copper pendant lighting in a rustic kitchen with a beam

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What do we like about this light? For starters, the wide copper lampshade, which flares at the bottom to project light on to your kitchen island effortlessly. 

Next? The juxtaposition of the silver arm (which is adjustable by the way) and the copper shade – a fab way to add visual interest and depth to your kitchen interiors. Super on trend. And the price? Phwoar. Oxford Linear Pendant, £60, Next.

10. The funky caged pendants you've been waiting for

3 orange caged pendant lights over a kitchen island

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These funky hanging pendant lights demonstrate innovative design. We love the orange/copper color of the cage exposing the bulbs for a bright light. Lineare Pendelleuchte 3-flammig Dailey, £62.99, Wayfair.

11. Find kitchen island lighting that shines when it's switched off too

a large yellow gold dome light over a kitchen island

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Love, love, love this Goldhew pendant in gold, £142 by Pooky. Its golden, semi circular domes is a simple but stylish design that's luminous even when the light is switched off. 

It's quite sizeable (60cm diameter), so you'll need to ensure the proportions work well with your island. But, if you get it right, it's a show-stopper.

12. Mid century spotlight your kitchen island

brass gold mid century modern spotlight style lighting over a dining table

(Image credit: Made) Obie diner pendant is industrial meets sleek, with a high-shine finish. With spotlights in brass, its slick mid century modern vibes will not only look swoon-worthy but will be super practical over a kitchen island.

13. Classic country kitchen pendant lighting

a sage green metal light pendant fixture garden-trading-toulon-pendant-light-in-sage

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Inspired by traditional country style, Garden Trading's Toulon Pendant Light is subtle and understated and will look just the part over a butcher's block or suspended above a rustic country kitchen table.

Niamh is a freelance journalist and the Head of Content at Raft Furniture. She is obsessed with all things interior design, with a particular focus on sustainability and city-dweller style. The wooden floorboards and built-in bookcase in Niamh’s rented North London home occupy her daydreams between writing, and after work, she has a knack for finding cheap plane tickets.