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15 of the best Over Kitchen Sink Lighting Ideas

Many people focus on lighting the island in a kitchen, or just overall task lighting for cooking. Don’t forget you need a light above the kitchen sink! Read on to find out some kitchen sink lighting ideas for your kitchen.

Keep It Timeless

A trio of glass pendants hangs above the island with sink in this open kitchen by Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design. Recessed lighting rounds out the bright airy look. White cabinets and light counters is a timeless look that will never go out of style.

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Design for Entertaining

Patricia Davis Brown of Patricia Davis Brown Designs created this contemporary kitchen meant for entertaining. Guests can sit at the translucent bar and watch the host prepare food. Modern recessed lighting maintains a sleek look, providing plenty of light above the sink.

Walk the Line

Looking to light your island kitchen sink but want to also create a focal point within your kitchen? Opt for a linear pendant light. These fixtures distribute light evenly across the island surface and come in an array of designs, such as this brass and glass linear style.

Semi-Flush Mounts

A series of semi-flush mount lights looks stylish while providing even lighting above the sink. The black finish coordinates with the cabinet hardware and window mullions, giving a cohesive look. An odd number grouping of fixtures provides even light.

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Lighting Two Sinks

If you are lucky enough to have two sinks in your kitchen, consider the lighting based on placement. The window sink here is highlighted by a drum pendant, while three slender pendants hang above the island, that also contains a sink. A neutral color palette ties it all together.

Opt for Off White

In this off-white kitchen, Jill Shevlin of Jill Shevlin Design chose two oversize shaded pendants for above the island with a sink. The cream tones feel fresh without coming across as stark as a true white space. Adding plants and greenery further softens the space.

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Stripped Down

These pendants are stripped down to their essence with brass hardware and simple exposed bulbs. They suit this kitchen combining black and wood cabinets and white countertops. Recessed lighting rounds out this modern kitchen interior.

Neutral Tones

Exposed brick walls and neutral tones make this kitchen feel extra inviting. Two white pendants illuminate the counter top in keeping with the warm and welcoming vibe. Mirrored panels and framed art lend a finished feel.

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Bold Statement

Want to make a bold statement in your kitchen with above-sink lighting? Try a geometric metal frame pendant. These fixtures make a big impact but don’t block the view. This design features a sputnik starburst at its center, and a playful green island rounds out the look.

Jewelry-like Fixtures

This design by Pamela O'Brien of Pamela Hope Designs features contemporary metal frame pendants that dangle like earrings above an island with a sink. The soothing gray tones of the space coordinate with the stainless steel appliances. The effect is sleek and modern, the perfect space for entertaining.

Low Ceiling Idea

If you have a low ceiling in your kitchen, flush or semi-flush mount fixtures are a great option for lighting over your sink. Here two frosted drum shades emit soft light. Consider installing dimmers so you can create ambience when needed but can turn it up when it’s time to do dishes.


If your sink is in an island, that opens up a lot of fun possibilities for lighting, pendants are the most commonly used fixtures for lighting. Be sure to choose the right size fixture and the right number and space them properly.

Sleek Take

Black kitchen? Yes, you absolutely can! These modern black pendant lights above the island with a sink tie the space all together. White walls add some brightness and the result is a very sophisticated kitchen.

Casual Elegance

Deborah Bettcher of Decorating Den opted for casual elegance in this open kitchen design. Coordinating pendants hang above the dining area and the island with a sink. Recessed lighting fills in to light the rest of the counters.

Combine Styles

Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Interior Design created a sophisticated, transitional kitchen that brings together the best of traditional and contemporary design. Two gem-like pendants hang above the kitchen sink for a jewelry-like effect. Light wood cabinets and cream ties balance dark gray millwork on the opposite wall.

Kitchen sink lighting is important from both a functional and aesthetic standpoint. You need to be able to see well while doing the dishes, but it’s also an opportunity to use a stylish fixture to enhance your kitchen design. We hope these ideas have helped!


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