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14 of the best Kitchen Vaulted Ceiling Lighting Ideas

Having a vaulted ceiling in your kitchen is truly an asset. Extra ceiling height draws the eye upwards and also often comes with desirable architectural features such as exposed wood beams. With this ceiling type it’s especially important to choose an attractive light fixture to illuminate your kitchen.

Coordinate Fixtures

An open kitchen and dining area with a high ceiling can benefit from coordinated pendants. Here we see three single pendants spaced evenly above the bar, which complement a multi-pendant fixture of the same style over the dining table. The look overall is simple and refined with a neutral palette.

Open Plan Solution

This vaulted dining area features clean white surfaces. A round glass and brass fixture blends harmoniously with this modern yet cozy atmosphere. Open kitchen and dining areas provide a great opportunity for crossover in the use of light fixtures.

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Go Oversize

When you think of a series of pendants above your island, you probably think of mini pendants. This image may change your mind; normal-size pendants combined in a series can be impactful in a kitchen with vaulted ceilings. By day they are sculptural and by night they provide adequate light.

More Than One Tier

A multitiered chandelier is a great option for a vaulted kitchen. Why not take advantage of the extra space? This black metal iteration features candle-like fixtures, resulting in a focal point by day and a romantic setting by night.

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Make a Statement

A vaulted ceiling is a great opportunity to add skylights and maximize the daylight without your kitchen and dining area. If the surfaces are predominately neutral, such as wood floors and white walls, then you absolutely need a statement-making chandelier. This art piece takes an organic form that infuses the space with life.

Steal the Show

Lighting doesn’t have to be just functional. It can be glamorous and eye catching, becoming the focal point of a space. A vaulted kitchen ceiling is the perfect opportunity for a show-stopping chandelier such as this brass and crystal combo, which will no doubt leave an impression.

Mid Century Vibes

Have a midcentury modern home with natural wood paneling? Opt for a fixture that reflects this style, with modern updates. This linear take on the sputnik fixture can elevate your dining area. Look for fixtures combining black and brass to tie your groovy interior together.

High Ceiling Chandeliers

A metal cage pendant is always a good choice within a vaulted kitchen ceiling. You can coordinate the finish of the fixture with your kitchen fixtures and appliances, or other light fixtures within the space. Brass always make a space feel warm and inviting as well as sophisticated.

Slimmed Down

Patricia Davis Brown of Patricia Davis Brown Designs opted for simple circular LED pendants with a low profile for over the island in this open vaulted kitchen. Exposed wood beams are contrasted by the warm white palette of the rest of the space, including ample crown molding. A streamlined fixture best serves this transitional kitchen interior.

Time for Recess

An oversize fixture balances the high vaulted ceiling within this space. Brass coordinates with the kitchen hardware, and textured glass globes aim light where it is needed. Recessed light fixtures provide task-oriented lighting at the sink and prep counter area.

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Go Bold or Go Home

Don’t shy away from color: Consider painting your base cabinets a bold shade such as orange. A vaulted ceiling is forgiving in that you can keep the rest of the space neutral and it draws the eye up. These white drum pendants with gold interiors are the perfect match for this eclectic design.

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Try a Sputnik Fixture

A vaulted kitchen ceiling allows you to make a statement above your island. In this elegant kitchen with exposed wood beams, a dramatic sputnik-style fixture steals the show. Blown-glass globes add color and texture to the otherwise neutral space.

Warm and Cool

Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design opted for a modern take on a classic chandelier form for this vaulted kitchen. All white surfaces are warmed up by wood floors and rattan-backed stools. The simplicity of the fixture doesn’t distract but complements the form of the space.

Modern Art

A modern sputnik pendant brings an architectural flair to this open vaulted kitchen. This style of fixture feels like a piece of art. It is balanced by a white vaulted ceiling, blue walls and a warm wood dining table. A sculptural fixture is a great opportunity to create a focal point for your kitchen.

Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting

This unique vaulted kitchen space features wood-toned cabinets, white quartz countertops and an eat-in island. Three farmhouse-style pendants above the island perfectly suit the space. Their open frameworks reference the exposed wood beams of the ceiling and keep the space feeling open and airy.

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Now that you have some ideas to help you choose the right light fixture for your kitchen with a vaulted ceiling, take some time to consider what works best for your particular home. Consider your home’s architecture, how you use the kitchen, as well as your personal tastes. There are so many styles of fixtures from which to choose, and we hope these tips have helped.


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