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Kitchen Under Cabinet Lighting Ideas

The kitchen is the busiest room in any house, which means there needs to be a ton of light that is suited for the different uses of the space. Whether it’s direct light for tasks, ambient light for entertaining, or pendants for everyday life and style, finding the right mix of lighting options can seem intimidating. Under-cabinet lighting provides much-needed task lighting over counters and adds a modern and streamlined style while enhancing the functionality of the entire space.

Keep It Cool

flush mount and under cabinet modern kitchen lighting.
Boop! Wall/Ceiling Light from – Image Via @destinationeichler

Using a darker cool-toned backsplash with bright white cabinets is a bold modern choice for your kitchen. Keep it from looking too dark by installing under cabinet lighting that is directed to illuminate the backsplash in several locations with soft diffused light.

Put the ‘Modern’ in Modern Farmhouse

modern kitchen under cabinet led lighting.
Modern LED Under Cabinet Lighting

Butcher block counters, a mix of white and darker neutral cabinets, and open shelving are key features in creating a rustic country kitchen. Take it a step further by installing under cabinet lighting on open shelves to make dish storage look more like decoration.

Open Up

modern led under cabinet kitchen lighting ideas.
Unilume LED Slimline 19 Inch Undercabinet Light By Tech Lighting

Under cabinet lighting mounted under the lowest open shelf will help create separation between the counter and the shelves. The right style of under cabinet lighting will also add to the drama and style of the kitchen and will provide an even wash of light with no shadows.

High Tech

Undercabinet Lighting - Small Kitchen Lighting Ideas | Ylighting
adorne 27″ Modular Track From Legrand Adorne

An under cabinet lighting system with device brackets and outlets is a great way to bring technology into the kitchen without adding clutter to the counters. Modern and practical, this system adds much-needed task lighting to your counters and gives you a convenient place to set your device while following an online recipe.


Unilume LED Slimline 31 Inch Undercabinet Light from Tech Lighting
Unilume LED Slimline 31 Inch Undercabinet Light from Tech Lighting

Dark counters and grey cabinets lightened up with under cabinet lighting is contemporary and classic. Under cabinet lighting will add warmth by drawing out earth tones in the backsplash and decoration. Use a linear light design to provide an even amount of illumination along the entire length of the counter.

The New Black

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Modern Bar and Strip Lighting

Black is an ultra modern choice for a kitchen but can make it difficult to keep the room adequately lit for tasks. Keep it from feeling too dark with the right mix of ambient lighting and plenty of reflective surfaces. Under cabinet lighting will banish any shadows so you’ll have no trouble preparing meals and reading recipes.

Rustic Yet Modern

10-Inch LED Undercabinet Lighting
10-Inch LED Undercabinet Light By George Kovacs

Creamy walls and under cabinet mounted lighting can help a darker kitchen to feel cozy and inviting. Homey touches like displaying fruit in decorative bowls and having arrangements of fresh flowers will both help to make your kitchen the heart of your home.

On Task

modern kitchen undercabinet lighting ideas.
Modern Kitchen Undercabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting is an effective option when focused task lighting is needed. Be sure there is adequate light in the right locations for cooking and baking by using puck or disk lights, especially when upper cabinets are deep and set close to the countertops.

Modern Monochromatic

Selene LED Pendant Light from Swarovski

Keep an all-white kitchen from looking sterile with under cabinet lighting that is warm and diffuse. Add matching clear pendants over an island to add interest by layering light sources and to keep the modern monochromatic aesthetic.

Classic Combinations

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Black and white is a classic combination of kitchens. Play up the contrast by illuminating the white surfaces with under cabinet lighting and pendants. Dimmable under cabinet lights allow you to adjust the mood in the kitchen and can be used on their own for indirect lighting at night.

Up to the Task

pendant and undercabinet kitchen lighting.
Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant from Nelson Bubble Lamps – Image Via @jmaestri

A single-wall kitchen with a large island can start to feel cramped without adequate lighting. A large pendant over the island and bright under cabinet lighting can go a long way toward an attractive balance of ambient and task lighting for both spaces.

Warm and Cozy

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Image Via @bellweatherllc

Lighting can help make a small counter feel more expansive by adding illumination to dispel shadows along its entire length. Choosing the right layout for under cabinet lighting will provide focused task lighting and add interest for a warm, classic look.

There are so many options for kitchen lighting, and while pendant lights are great for style, you can never go wrong with under cabinet lights for function. Not only will they add much-needed illumination to your work area, but they will also add to the warmth and mood of your kitchen. Even better, because they are discreetly placed, they won’t detract from the overall aesthetic. For more YLighting ideas, see our Kitchen Lighting Ideas.

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