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25 of the best Kitchen Island Light Fixture Ideas

Your kitchen island easily becomes the focal point of your kitchen and the space in which guests and family congregate. It’s important to choose the right light fixtures to adequately light your kitchen island for functionally and aesthetics. Read on to learn some ideas for lighting your kitchen island well.

Touch of Sparkle

Pamela Hope Designs opted for two large-scale sculptural metal pendants for this open, modern kitchen design. The jewelry-like fixtures add sparkle to the space but don’t visually interfere with the expansive look. The silver color also coordinate well with the stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Add Some Texture

Mindy Laven added some rustic flair and texture to this otherwise modern and white kitchen design. Three round rattan pendants make a statement above a large kitchen island. Coordinating rattan bar stools help to anchor the look at add warmth to the inviting space.

Moody Look

This moody kitchen design features dark gray cabinets and coordinating counters. When you have darker finishes, lighting becomes even more important. These two white cone pendants hanging above the kitchen island keep the feeling moody but add much needed task lighting for the island surface.

Sleek and Functional

Simple brass pendants featuring exposed bulbs hang above this large kitchen island. White surfaces make the space feel expansive, while wood cabinets and open shelving lend warmth. Brass and stainless steel details are successfully mixed to create a sleek and functional space.

Wood on Wood

This geometric wood pendant has an architectural feel. It perfectly highlights the kitchen island and coordinates with the wood-backed bar stools. The rest of the space remains neutral, with light wood cabinets, white tile and recessed downlights.

Whimsical Feel

Elizabeth Ryan Interiors created a traditional look in this open kitchen/dining/living area. Pale blue cabinets and green floral wallpaper lend a whimsical vibe. Red metal pendants play into the look, lighting above one of the double kitchen islands. Recessed lights along the perimeter provide additional task lighting.

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Artful Focal Point

Have a neutral kitchen? Why not make lighting the focal point of your space! This sculptural fixture is a work of art on its own, and takes center stage when hung above a kitchen island. It provides plenty of task lighting and the angles of the fixture heads are adjustable so you can be sure you have light where you need it.

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All That Glitters

Lighting is the perfect opportunity to add some sparkle to your kitchen design. This mostly white kitchen is clean and neutral, but the island lighting becomes the star of the show. Featuring a simple conical design, the fixtures have glittering gold interiors. Brass accents on the island are coordinated to add a sophisticated flare.

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Classic Kitchen

This classic kitchen design features dark wood cabinets and light floors. The island lighting comprises three transitional pendants that are evenly spaced to deliver light exactly where it’s needed. Recessed can lights fill in the gaps, providing a layered lighting approach.

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Open Circle

Patricia Davis Brown Designs utilized rounded LED fixtures to light this large kitchen island. The two open circles provide plenty of light without interfering with the view. Above- and under-cabinet lighting adds warmth to the kitchen, and down lights provide additional task lighting in the space.

Bold Black and White

A bold and modern herringbone backsplash becomes the focal point for this black-and-white kitchen. Simple black cylinder pendants above the kitchen island are slender and elegant. Black countertops and cabinets are a non-traditional choice but work well in this bold space.

Geometric Take

Sublime Homes combined clean white surfaces with warm wood and stainless steel accents in this modern kitchen design. Three faceted metal pendants hang above the island, boldly punctuating the space. Recessed downlights provide additional task lighting where needed.

Transitional Design

Davis Interiors created a transitional kitchen interior that combines brass hardware, a geometric tile backsplash and warm wood floors. Three pendants with glass globes hang above the kitchen island, complementing the design of the space. Recessed downlights along the perimeter provide additional lighting for the kitchen counters.

Entertaining Epicenter

Kristina Phillips Interior Design created a traditional kitchen that is sure to be the epicenter for entertaining. A herringbone backsplash, bold rug and exposed ceiling beams make for a cozy and inviting space. Round glass globes hang above the kitchen island which has ample seating for guests.

Inject Some Color

Many light fixtures come in metal finishes or black or white, but they can present an opportunity to inject color into a space. These Robin’s egg blue pendants add some subtle color into an otherwise neutral kitchen featuring wood tones and gray. The two pendants add warmth and visual interest above the kitchen island.

A Touch of Texture

Pendants featuring textured shades add interest to this low-ceilinged kitchen. Spaced evenly above the kitchen island, the pendants establish a rhythm and add visual interest to the space. This makes the island a natural gathering area for guests.

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Industrial Vibe

Nadia Watts Interior Design selected coordinating pendants for above the kitchen island and dining table in this open kitchen/dining area. The simple features feature a metal framework with exposed bulbs. The style works well with the industrial vibe of the space, which features exposed brick, ductwork and concrete columns.

Neutral Outlook

Rebecca Olson White keep things neutral in this elegant kitchen design. A brass linear pendant hangs above the kitchen island, coordinating well with the furnishings and hardware. Overhead recessed can fixtures and under cabinet lighting makes the space feel bright and airy.

Jewelry for Your Kitchen

Are these light fixtures or elegant pieces of jewelry? Art and functionality meet in these exquisite fixtures, which hang above a kitchen island. They quickly become the focal point of the space and draw guests to the kitchen island to share a glass of wine.

Consider a Multipendant

While many people opt for multiple individual pendants spaced above an island, another option is to hang a multipendant fixture. This pendant combines three lights staggered at different heights, creating an eye-catching and sculptural look. It provides light above the surface of the island, but you might consider installing recessed downlights for additional task light where needed.

Architectrual Cues

Black fixtures can be an excellent choice for an all-white kitchen as they add a clean architectural edge, especially when they coordinate with elements such as window mullions. These black pendants above the kitchen island feature decorative chains that add an interesting detail. Three fixtures evenly illuminate the surface and mirror the spacing of the windows beyond.

Architectural Spacing

Vantage Design Studio used ceiling beams to help determine the spacing of the pendants above this eat-in kitchen island. The brass-and-glass globes are a timeless choice and complement the clean aesthetic of the space. Patterned tiles add interest to the backsplash.

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Retro Meets Modern

This kitchen design combines retro flair with clean modernism. The choice of island lighting reflects the design: Three simple pendants feature a straightforward design with exposed bulbs. Rounding out the look are arched openings, open shelving and stacked subway tile backsplashes.

Coming Full Circle

Kelly Taylor Interior Design selected this simple round pendants for this clean and modern kitchen renovation. Based on the diameter of the fixtures, three is the best number to achieve adequate lighting for the top of the island. The fixture style is unique in that it features a half globe with an arched metal frame that completes the circle.

Lighting Double Islands

Double kitchen islands are a trend that is likely to stay. So how do you handle lighting not one but two islands? One option is to choose coordinating fixtures. Two sets of matching fixtures provides a uniform and symmetrical look that works well in this clean and classic design.

Now that you’ve learned some ideas for lighting your kitchen island, it’s time to do some shopping and narrow down the best fixture types and styles for your particular project. There are many options from which to choose, but knowing your goals and what you want to accomplish will help you narrow down to the best options. We hope this guide has helped!


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