Large Kitchen Lighting Ideas
Kitchens are usually one of the busiest rooms in any house and require an ample amount of lighting for the many tasks that need to be accomplished, and to create an inviting and relaxing space. The larger the kitchen, the more lighting you’ll need so make sure your lighting scheme includes ceiling fixtures like recessed, semi-flush and flush mount lights for overall ambient light and under-cabinet mounted lights for task lighting. Pendants over kitchen islands are a great opportunity to add lighting and accentuate your kitchen’s interior design.
Industrial kitchens with lots of stainless steel can benefit from pendant lights in the same theme. Installed over the island, pendants with a clear glass bulb and decorative light bulbs are a great way to add ambient light. Choose one in gunmetal, silver, or black metallic finish to continue the industrial aesthetic.
Consider adding a grouping of modern pendants above your island for extra illumination in a large kitchen. Choose ones with interesting details such as colored suspension cords or minimalist-inspired tubes and hang them at a variety of heights for an artistic light arrangement.
Hanging in the Balance
If you have a large island in your kitchen, adding pendant lights can provide much-needed task lighting. Using two pendants hung in a row can ensure that light is balanced throughout the space and can add an inviting glow to the whole kitchen.
Offset LED recessed lights with a row of pendant light to ensure adequate ambient lighting in a large kitchen. Pendant lights are a great addition over an island and should give off the same temperature of light as the rest of the fixtures.
Back to the Wall
Wall lights are another great way to provide ample ambient illumination in a large kitchen. Placed between windows or cabinets, wall lights can throw light up, down, or both. Look for ones that have the same metallic finish as the other accents in your kitchen for a cohesive look.
For large kitchen lighting, choose pendants that reflect the overall style of your space. For a modern and minimalist kitchen, pendants with a rounded shape, chrome finish, and clear globes are a great choice. Use decorative light bulbs to add excitement and interest.
Open and Airy
Make a statement in your kitchen by installing dramatic pendants over your island. Pendants that have an extra-large open cage design around a starburst fixture are a great way to convey an open and airy feel in a large kitchen.
A modern farmhouse kitchen is a great fit for a pendant with a black metal frame with dual candelabras inside. Suspended from or near a rough wooden rafter, this type of pendant will impart a rustic elegance to your space while providing the perfect amount of ambient light.
For minimalist large kitchen lighting, look for pendants that have a transitional feel and a black finish. Interesting structural details like a faceted or geometric shade and cloth cable will add a finishing touch. Choose one with an adjustable cloth cable so your pendant can be hung at just the right height.
A large contemporary kitchen can benefit from the warm downlighting provided by two rustic pendants hung above either end of an island. A metallic two-toned shade will complement your decor and add style to your space. Supplement this ambient lighting with under cabinet mounted lights to provide illumination for kitchen tasks.
A large kitchen that blends seamlessly with a dining area calls for different, yet cohesive, types of lighting. Choose to install pendants over the dining table and island that share similar characteristics, such as color of finish or shape. For layered lighting and better illumination for tasks, add under cabinet mounted fixtures.
The Right Track
A large kitchen can be a great place to experiment with a combination of pendants and track lighting. Add track lighting across the expanse of the space to ensure adequate ambient lighting. Offset the functional track lighting with stylish pendants over the island and sink for perfect layered lighting.
Turn on the Charm
Add rustic charm to your large kitchen with a suspension light over an island that blends modern and industrial styles seamlessly. Look for one with multiple light sources for pleasant ambient lighting. Consider installing recessed lights and wall sconces to ensure adequate illumination for your space.
For a cohesive style in your large kitchen, install pendant lights that all have slatted shades and the same metallic finish. A larger chandelier over the dining table and a grouping of smaller pendants over the island are sure to provide warm ambient illumination and a style that pulls the space together.
Large ceiling lights are a great choice in a spacious kitchen, especially over an island or eat-in dining table. Stylish pendants or chandeliers are sure to amp up the style of your space and add ambient light for this busy space. For perfect layered lighting, task lighting can be added by installing under cabinet mounted lights in any work area. For more YLighting ideas, see our Kitchen Lighting Ideas.
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