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Low Ceiling Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Typically lower than eight feet, low ceilings in kitchens provide unique challenges. The type of ceiling lighting you choose for your kitchen can make a big difference when it comes to low ceilings. Recessed lighting is a popular choice since it doesn’t take up any room, while cleverly-placed pendants and chandeliers can help you make a statement without obstructing your line of sight. Take a look at some of these great lighting tips and tricks for your kitchen with low ceilings.

Positioning is Key

21.21 Multi-Light Pendant Light from Bocci

Don’t let low ceilings stop you from beautifying your kitchen with stunning pendant lights. Hang multi-light or tiered pendants above your kitchen table or island. This will captivate the eye, and is a simple way to add lighting without cluttering walkways or floor space.

Clear Winner

Woodstock Pendant Light from Simon Pearce

Clear glass can be your best friend if you have low ceilings in your kitchen. The translucency of clear glass pendants provides an open-air effect, creating the illusion of more space. In fact, the more glass windows you have, the better, since natural light can also expand the sense of space in the room.

Perfect Pairs

Anderson Pendant Light from Arteriors

Even in kitchens with low ceilings, drum pendants are a trendy way to add much-needed task-lighting when positioned over kitchen islands. Add ambient lighting to the rest of the kitchen with recessed lighting, which won’t take away from the dramatic ambiance of the pendants.

Kitchen Lights of the Future

4-light semi-flush light - small kitchen lighting by Ylighting
Bessons LED 4-Light Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Light from ZANEEN design

Low ceilings can actually open your kitchen up to creative lighting ideas. Look for futuristic designs that are both edgy and highly practical, such as a 4-light semi-flush mount which will allow you to beam light in multiple directions from a single light source.

Fit for Modern Luxury

Selene LED Pendant Light from Swarovski

Crystal pendants or chandeliers are a stunning way to decorate and brighten your kitchen with low ceilings. Just like glass, crystal pendants can make the room feel larger and more open. The benefit of a crystal shade is that it can also instantly turn your kitchen into a glamorous atmosphere fit for modern luxury.

High and Tight

Cloud3 LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light from Blackjack Lighting

One of the best ways to open up a kitchen with low ceilings is to choose lights that stay close to the ceiling, such as flush mount and semi-flush mount ceiling lights. Ceiling lights with linear or geometric designs are a particularly nice choice since their minimalistic design is unobtrusive.

Recessed Reassessed

Pro Series 6 Inch Round IC Rated 120V LED Recessed Light Trim from DALS Lighting

Recessed lighting is one of the best options for kitchens with low ceilings since it doesn’t take up any more room. For this minimalist lighting option, typically you’ll want to place your recessed lights evenly spaced. Positioning recessed lighting around the perimeter of the room is another common practice.

Light as Art

Piola LED Pendant Light from Marset

Even with low ceilings, you can still make a statement with your lighting choose. Some pendants, such as those with unique patterns or shapes, act as both an art piece and light source. Let these artistic pendants add some decoration, which will eliminate the need for wall hangings or sculptures that could clutter the space.

The Perfect Placement

Pendant 172 from Le Klint

If your kitchen has low ceilings, which are typically eight feet high or less, you’ll want to think about the size and position of your pendant. Small rounded or flowy pendants won’t take up too much room or clutter the space’s visual depth. Make sure the height of your pendant doesn’t take up headspace when standing or sitting.

Stand Out

Argo Pendant Light from Hinkley Lighting

Don’t be afraid to make a design statement with your low ceilings by choosing pendant lights that contrast with your walls or countertops. If your interior design is mostly white, choose chrome or dark pendants so they stand out rather than washing out the room.

The Slimming Secret

Line Pendant Light from ZANEEN design

Another option for pendants in kitchens with low ceilings is to go long and lean. Slim and sleek pendant designs, such as linear or cone-shaped forms, are an excellent choice for this since they can create the illusion of elongating the space’s visual depth.

Whether you choose flush mount ceiling lights or mini-pendants, there are many ways to enhance the kitchen lighting experience, even if you have low ceilings. Undercabinet lighting is another great option to add layers of light without taking up any more ceiling space. Make sure to select the type of lighting that works practically in your space, while showing off your sense of style at the same time.

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Najib Benouar

Najib Benouar

Najib chooses to see the good in every design—from Rococo, to Bauhaus, to, yes, even the Memphis Group—but he always keeps coming back to those sweet, sweet, clean lines and studied minimalism of modern design. As Content Marketing Manager, he’s only content when creating content.

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