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5 genius kitchen lighting ideas – put them on your radar if you're revamping

Don't miss our edit of the best five kitchen lighting ideas to illuminate your space in style – when you're revamping lighting is key

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Really good kitchen lighting ideas can completely transform the look and feel of your space. So don't just depend on the trusty old overhead lighting – just like in any other room, you should consider both bright task lighting (for cooking) and dimmer ambient lighting (for eating and relaxing) right from the start of your design process. 

As well as setting the right mood, lighting can go a long way in adding serious style points to your space. Whether it's tapping into the industrial trend with exposed bulbs or adding a splash of colour with a stand-out shade, think of your lighting as an accessory that can enhance the look you're going for.

And so without further ado, we've gathered the best five kitchen lighting design ideas, so you can illuminate your space the right way. For more kitchen inspiration, check out our kitchen ideas page. 

1. Zone your kitchen with pendant lights

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In an open plan kitchen diner, use lighting to designate specific zones. Elaborate, textured lighting that gives off a subtle glow is perfect for above a dining table, while glass or metal lights with a stronger light work best for over your island. This will help to create 'rooms within a room' and give each area a clear purpose. 

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2. Add oomph to a minimal kitchen with a strip of LEDs

Caesarstone kitchen splashback and worktops

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Going for a sleek, contemporary kitchen? Adding a strip of LED lighting beneath your cabinets is a great way to add interest to a minimal space. When you're cooking, they're ideal task lighting for your worktop, and when you're dining, the subtle glow creates a relaxing ambiance. It's a win win! The golden glow in this minimal kitchen from Caesarstone helps to warm up the scheme and adds a, dare we say it, sexy edge to the space.

3. Go 2-in-1 with light up island hoods

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Free up precious space in your kitchen by combining your island lighting and cooker hood in one. These island hoods from Caple could easily pass for stylish pendant lights, and with top notch extraction too, they're on our lust list. Whether you go for one statement piece or combine two, a metallic finish will help bounce light around your room for the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.

4. Remember the rule of 3

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Architectural pendant lights always work well in kitchens, and combining three identical designs above your island like this is a great way to create a stylish centre piece. Choose a colour that contrasts with your units and let them stand loud and proud – or pick ones that blend with your scheme for a subtler effect. These are by Ikea.

5. Be playful with industrial exposed bulbs

Kitchen lighting ideas

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Add a playful, warehouse inspired addition to your kitchen by draping exposed bulb pendants above your units, island or dining table. Choose a variety of shapes for an eclectic look or for a smarter feel, hanging matching bulbs at the same height. We're loving these lights from Ikea

Add a playful, warehouse inspired addition to your kitchen by draping exposed bulb pendants above your units, island or dining table. Choose a variety of shapes for an eclectic look or for a smarter feel, hanging matching bulbs at the same height. We're loving these lights from Ikea

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Add a playful, warehouse inspired addition to your kitchen by draping exposed bulb pendants above your units, island or dining table. Choose a variety of shapes for an eclectic look or for a smarter feel, hanging matching bulbs at the same height. We're loving these lights from Ikea