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25 of the best Low Ceiling Kitchen Lighting Ideas

A low ceiling in your kitchen is far from a curse. There are many wonderful lighting solutions you can use, from modern pendant lights to designer flush mount ceiling lights. The right types of fixtures will provide adequate light while making your kitchen feel larger.

Fine Dining

Convert your island into a high-end dining area with a linear, geometric pendant. Bonus points for coordinating the fixture with your bar stools. Additional wood shelving creates a gallery feel. Is this your kitchen or a high end restaurant?

Family Time

Deborah Bettcher of Deborah Bettcher Decorating Den Interiors utilized tall white cabinets to draw the eye upward. Coordinated pendants above the island and dining table contribute tot eh effect. The result is an inviting kitchen and dining area fit for the busiest of families.

Cut a Striking Silhouette

Black and white, perfect symmetry—these two concepts combined produce a striking kitchen design. Three black pendants suspended by rectangular chains cut a striking silhouette. To keep the contrasting palette from feeling too harsh, add in some visual texture.

Cool Gray

A cool gray palette can make the walls and ceilings of your kitchen appear to recess. Directional pendants suspended by cables lend both a functional and artistic feel. Personal touches are needed to soften such a space, as in old photos or keepsake pieces.

Curves Ahead

To lend a softer feel to your kitchen, opt for off-white tones and lots of curves. Here we see arched openings combined with curved soffits. Coordinating with these are rounded mini pendants and kitchen island stools. Soft curves and soft lighting make for an inviting kitchen environment.

Embrace Dark Cabinets

Dark wood cabinets are timeless, but if you go that route consider higher wood floors and neutral wall finishes. Brushed nickel hardware and pendants complement stainless steel appliances. The result is a classic kitchen with mass appeal.

Consistency Is Key

Becc Burgmann of Becc Burgmann Interior Design layered coordinating pendants for the island with a similar linear light fixture for the dining table. Keeping a consistent theme helps make an open kitchen and dining area for more thoughtful. Light surfaces reflect more light, making the space feel larger.

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Smoke and Mirrors

Want to make your small, low-ceilinged kitchen feel much larger? Try hanging a pendant in front of a mirror. Mirrors always lend an expansive feel to a space, reflecting more light. A clear glass globe pendant adds to the airy feel.

Coastal Vibes

Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design created a bright, coastal-inspired kitchen design with blue and green accents. High white millwork draws the eye upward. Blown-glass pendants have an ornate design that doesn’t overwhelm.

Go Graphic

If sleek and modern is the look you are going for in your kitchen, consider bold gray millwork and herringbone tiles in a bold pattern. Simple, slender pendants can light the island, while a drum-shaped pendant covers the sink. The overall effect is graphic and edgy.

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Focus on Functional

Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Interior Designs created a functional and livable kitchen with cool ceramic tile, bent cane chairs and simple sleek pendants above the island. The result is inviting, warm and easily adaptable. The open layout makes the space feel much more generous.

Focused Approach

This design by Benjamin Ibanez of FCI Interiors focuses on warmth from the millwork and soft lighting from a linear geometric pendant above the island. This warmth offsets the concrete counter and metal millwork. A large single fixture simplifies the expression.

Pop of Color

Pendants are a wonderful opportunity to introduce some color into an otherwise neutral kitchen. Pops of robin’s egg blue stand out against light wood and gray millwork. These slender pendants add a pop of color without overwhelming a space with a lower ceiling.

Mixing Metals

Simplistic brass mini pendants are always a great choice for over a kitchen island. White counters and walls and neutral wood and olive green shelving contribute to a clean and open kitchen vibe. It’s perfectly OK to mix stainless steel appliances with brass fixtures!

Open Framework

Open metal pendants are a good way to pack a bold statement into a smaller kitchen space. The open design allows light to pass through, alluding to a form without blocking the view. This design combines a sputnik element for a midcentury vibe.

Light and Bright

While an all white kitchen might present some challenges for cleaning, it makes the space feel much larger and higher than it really is. A glazed ceramic backsplash helps with the clean-ability factor, and the open pendants maintain lines of sight. Recessed lights help with areas where additional lighting is needed.

Bridging Midcentury and Modern

Bridging midcentury and modern, walnut wood cabinets combine with high-sheen lacquered white millwork and a concrete island. Coordinating walnut pendants are the perfect match to warm up the space. These smaller pendants work well with the scale of the room.

Refine Your Palette

This elegant kitchen combines white and light wood millwork with gorgeous quartz counters and brass detailing. These artful pendants above the island coordinate flawlessly with the barstools. The trick? Stick with a refined and limited material palette.


Pendants are a versatile choice for over-the-counter lighting even if you have a low ceiling. Many fixtures are adjustable, allowing you to place them at the right height above the counter. These simple black and glass pendants are classy and timeless.

Staggered Effect

A multi-pendant fixture with staggered lengths can be a good option for a kitchen with lower ceilings. It draws the eye upwards and creates a focal point. Opt for light colored counters and a neutral wall color to make the space feel even larger.

Draw the Eye Up

Combining track lights with mini pendants above an island makes sure you’ve covered all of your bases in terms of lighting a kitchen. Here, the neutral, modern design benefits from coordinating white fixtures. Vertical tile work also helps to draw the eye upward and make the space feel higher.

Simple and Sophisticated

If your kitchen ceilings are low, then try extending your cabinets as high up as you can and avoid a soffit. Recessed lighting helps take care of most cooking related tasks. For over the island, simple mini pendants add a touch of elegance.


Geometric pendants that glow add interest against a slate blue wall. If you are sticking with neutral tones otherwise, consider a feature wall to really make your light fixtures pop. Combining light ceilings and flooring helps the space feel taller.


A clean multi pendant light fixture above an island punctuates a space layered with texture and color. Terra cotta tiles, wood millwork, concrete walls and island and terrazzo flooring combine for a visual feast. The simple lights stand out as both adornment and function.

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Architectural Touch

A modern take on midcentury kitchen design: Walnut wood paneling meets sleek white cabinetry. Here, the lower ceiling is an architectural device, allowing a clerestory to slip above and let additional natural light in. Recessed lighting illuminates the kitchen surfaces while a modern linear pendant covers the dining table.

Now that we’ve covered 25 of the best low ceiling kitchen lighting ideas, you can’t let your less-than-soaring ceilings get you down. There are a range of lighting fixtures in every style that can make these spaces feel refined and larger. We hope these ideas will help you choose the right fixtures for your ceiling.


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