New Ways to Light Up Your Kitchen

Photo Features: Hudson Valley Lighting Eldridge Pendant

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and it’s where you spend a large portion of your time cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. If you’re ready for a kitchen makeover, your lighting plays a vital role in helping you make an incredible transformation. The kitchen light fixtures you choose can determine the overall aesthetic of this space and how well it functions. If you’re looking for new ways to light up your kitchen, we have a few creative ideas and specific products to help you get inspired. Check out our list of some new options and fresh ideas that will help you design the ultimate cooking space to enjoy for years to come.

Get Sleek with Glass Pendant Lighting

Photo Courtesy of: Becki Lewis | Rebekah Westover Photography | Photo Features: Hudson Valley Lighting Hagen Chandelier | BLU Home Mesh OUtdoor Counter Stool | Mark D. Sikes Metal No. 2 Sconce

When it comes to new ways to light up your kitchen, pendants aren’t exactly a novel concept. These hanging fixtures can be found in kitchens old and new. However, modern pendant lighting comes in a wide array of sleek, sophisticated designs that will add visual interest and bold new components over an island or countertop. Clear glass pendant lighting lends an elegant and sophisticated component to any style kitchen whether it’s traditional or contemporary. Try the Hudson Valley Lighting Hagen Chandelier boasting a smooth, curved teardrop shape and a thick glass shade. A single globe filament bulb is nestled inside, while an intricately perforated metal band wraps around the middle to give this pendant lighting a modern touch. The light is suspended from a chain that allows for four feet of height adjustments, and it’s available in your choice of size so it works well with either low or high ceilings and small or large kitchens. Your choice of aged brass, old bronze, or a polished nickel finish helps to complete the look. This light looks incredible alone or hung in a row of three or more to create gorgeous kitchen island lighting you’ll appreciate.

Photo Features: Chapman & Myers Atlantic Round Pendant

When it comes to pendant lighting in a kitchen, you can never go wrong with a classically modern globe. Consider the sleek Atlantic Round Pendant from Chapman & Meyers with its large clear glass globe shade that delicately hangs from a metal rod and a singular ring attached to a metal plate and bulb holder. This gorgeous pendant light comes in a burnished brass or polished nickel finish to perfectly complement your cabinetry, flooring, and appliances. The Troy Lighting District Pendant puts a twist on traditional pendant lighting with its elongated glass shade. This sleek pendant holds a single bulb and hangs from a black rod. What makes this lighting so unique is the range of finishes for the glass. Choose between gray for a smokey effect, satin black for a modern aesthetic, or gold that will give this pendant light a distinctively sleek and luxe glow.

New Ways to Light Up Your Kitchen: Lamps

Photo Features: Regina Andrew Monarch Oval Table Lamp

Kitchen light fixtures are usually installed on the ceiling to cast a downward glow. However, using kitchen lamps will give you more versatility and task lighting to make seeing easier. Consider kitchen lamps for your countertop, or place a matching pair on top of a storage cabinet. These smaller lights make it easy to bring new colors into your kitchen or to give it an artistic, sculptural element. The best thing about kitchen lamps is that you can change the shade, move them wherever you want to, or change them over time without a lot of hassle. The Monarch Oval Table Lamp by Regina Andrew is a smart choice for virtually any style kitchen with its sleek oval-shaped base and a pair of butterflies made of clear dappled glass attached to give it a whimsical touch. A lightly distressed gold leaf finish and a large fabric shade in a neutral hue give this lamp a gorgeous look that works in small and large kitchens alike.

Photo Features: Regina Andrew Clove Stem Floor Lamp

Kitchen lamps can also be used to bring in layered lighting, particularly for open floor plans or kitchens with a breakfast nook. With its charming and delicate silhouette, the Regina Andrew Clove Stem Floor Lamp adds a subtle modern element to the room. This floor lamp is inspired by a paper mache sculpture that features curved shapes at the bottom and an antique gold leaf finish for clean and crisp appeal. It makes a fantastic addition to any kitchen and for other rooms in the home, too.

Photo Features: Troy Lighting La Brea Double Wall Sconce
Table and floor lamps aren’t the only options if you’re looking for kitchen lamps. Look for wall-mount lamps or wall sconces that will add a distinctive glow and more illumination to this important space. When choosing wall lamps or sconces, look for something that features an adjustable, extendable arm for better control and functionality. The beautiful and stunning Troy Lighting La Brea Double Wall Sconce is a prime example of a mid-century modern style with an updated twist. This beautiful wall lamp features a heritage brass and black finish with a luxurious faux alabaster shade. The mounting hardware is hidden on the backplate to give this light a clean look. This streamlined wall lamp is a fabulous way to add a new type of lighting to your kitchen.  
Photo Features: Regina Andrew Sal Task Sconce | Regina Andrew Cachet Lantern 
The Sal Task Sconce is another great example of adjustable lighting. The dual adjustable arms make this a great sconce for bedrooms, kitchens, or a library. Install as multiples along a bookcase or above kitchen cabinets for a on-trend look.

Refresh Your Kitchen Ceiling Lighting

Photo Courtesy of: Kristin Dion | Photo Features: Mitzi Milo Flush Mount

Whether you currently have recessed lighting or pendants, new designs in kitchen ceiling lighting are making waves. Update your current lighting situation with something new and modern, like a flush or semi-flush mount light featuring intricate details or bold, dramatic finishes. The Milo Flush Mount from Mitzi adds an organic, modern-inspired element to your kitchen. A simple silhouette comprised of contrasting dics gives this kitchen ceiling lighting an effortless and organic-inspired look. The finish options makes it a versatile choice that pairs beautifully with virtually any style or color scheme.

Photo Courtesy of: Angela Rummans and Tyler Crispin | Photo Features: Mitzi Grace Flush Mount

If you’re aiming for an air of sleek elegance, try the ultra-glamorous Grace Flush Mount. With inspiration from the days of old Hollywood, this glam kitchen ceiling lighting features a clear acrylic glass shade, while the aged brass or polished nickel metal mount lends it a shimmering finishing touch for bold appeal.

 Photo Features: Hinkley Lighting Charlotte Flush Mount

Bring a traditional element to your kitchen with a larger semi-flush mount light. The Charlotte Flush Mount is an updated traditional design featuring a richly textured off-white fabric shade captured by wide solid metal uprights and trim rings. The domed bottom diffuser is captured inside a heavy trim ring and held by cast decorative knobs for a refined vintage touch.

Photo Courtesy of: Kate Marker Interiors | Margaret Rajic Photography | Photo Features: Mitzi Paige Flush Mount

 If you’re looking for something sleek and simple, the Paige Semi-Flush Mount from Mitzi is a modern choice. A multi-light centerpiece with vintage style, the Mitzi collection's eye-catching Paige features opal glossy glass shades and an aged brass finish frame.

Photo Courtesy of: Rachael Jackson | Photo Features: Mitzi Cadence Semi Flush Mount | Mitzi Julia Pendant

If you have a small kitchen or low ceilings, a flush mount light is a good choice. You don’t have to stick with boring designs if you need flush mount kitchen ceiling lighting, however. Consider the modern Cadence Semi Flush Mount; This gorgeous light offers a laid-back, modern-inspired look that brings out the gold leaf and texture on the smooth, curvaceous shade. The light holds a beautiful milk glass globe that emits a soft diffused light. Mount this flush fixture over your kitchen sink, or install several on the ceiling to replace your current outdated lighting. It adds a relaxed element and a touch of visual interest to any kitchen space. Whether you are looking for new pendants, lamps, or other kitchen light fixtures, keep these suggestions in mind if you’re ready to make a change in your home. The right lighting can make an amazing difference in the way your kitchen looks, and how it functions. At Meadow Blu, you’ll discover an incredible range of options to choose from made by amazing brands like Troy Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Regina Andrew, and a whole lot more to help make your kitchen transformation dreams come true.