6 Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas That Will Make a Luminous Statement

From the countertop material to the cabinet color, when it comes to the kitchen, every accent works to bring the entire design together in visual harmony. However, there are a few elements that act as the ideal finishing touch ... the icing on the cake. One such detail is definitely kitchen lighting, and that includes the fixtures you hang over your island.

This central hub acts as a focal point in any culinary space, so how you choose to light it is especially important. And since you undoubtedly spend a lot of time at your kitchen island chopping, prepping, eating, and chatting with family and friends, a little extra illumination might come in handy. But sometimes tracking down just the right fixture can prove to be a challenge.

You might be thinking, Should I go bold or minimalist? White or black? Metal or rattan? Or, maybe you're considering a chandelier instead of a tried-and-true pendant? Here are six kitchen island lighting ideas that will help you narrow down your choice. And the fun doesn't stop there, keep reading to discover a few of our favorite brands to shop for dreamy fixtures.

1. Globe Lights

kitchen island lighting idea with globe-style pendants
credit: LT Interiors

Globe style fixtures have become an increasingly popular choice to hang above a kitchen island, and for good reason. They're vintage-inspired (with a nod to midcentury design) but also look decidedly fresh and modern. They catch the eye without overtaking a space and have the ability to look flawlessly symmetrical above an island, a visually pleasing detail that's witnessed in this LT Interiors kitchen.

2. Classic Metal Lights

Factory style pendants have an antique quality that transcends passing trends and looks spot on in a wide assortment of spaces — especially in farmhouse kitchens. In this space designed by the team at Townsend Interiors, the metallic fixtures above the blue island add loads of charm to the country aesthetic in this white cook space.

3. Sleek Track Lighting

kitchen island lighting idea with black cabinets and white backsplash
credit: Studio Black

Yep, that's right. Track lighting has reemerged from the 1980s and become hip again. In fact, we think it looks sleek and streamlined in modern kitchens, especially when hung above the kitchen island. In this culinary space designed by the team over at Studio Black, black track lighting complements the black cabinets providing tons of contrast against the white backsplash.

4. Unexpected Suspension Lighting

Suspension lights can look unique, even futuristic, in a contemporary kitchen. Many adhere to the typical suspension style, while others take on the look of an avant-garde chandelier, one that's a big departure from the crystals and gold details seen in bygone versions. To capture this nouveau kitchen island lighting idea, you can choose to hang a minimal, yet exceedingly cool, suspended fixture, like the one in this sophisticated space designed by Madeleine Blanchfield.

5. Boho-Chic Woven Fixtures

Or, maybe you're on the lookout for a kitchen island lighting idea that really embraces your free-spirited, bohemian style. In that case opt for something made with natural materials, bursting with texture. The pendants hanging in this boho-chic cook space, captured by photographer Kristine Lo, are perfect examples of the warmth and visual interest the right lights can bring to a kitchen.

6. Modern Multi-Light Chandelier

Pendant lights aren't the only way to go — perhaps a chandelier is better suited for your kitchen island. In this culinary space crafted by Arent & Pyke, an oh-so-modern 10-light chandelier — that will undoubtedly stay afloat while lighting trends continue to ebb and flow — takes center stage. Not to mention, everyone who looks at it will be mesmerized by its beauty, complemented by a marble backsplash and muted green cabinets.

Where to score swoonworthy kitchen island lighting:

OK, so you've familiarized yourself with the kitchen island lighting options out there and you're feeling super-inspired. So right now is a good time to head to some of our fave lighting destinations, where you'll discover fixtures that are sure to shine in your culinary space.

This brand is a chic mainstay among many of today's designers and happens to specialize in lighting that perfectly punctuates kitchen islands, ranging from abstract pendant lights to retro semi-flush mounts and everything in between.

If you're searching for something a wee bit more traditional and timeless, look no further than Shades of Light. They have kitchen island lighting options that would look ideal in transitional, farmhouse, and vintage-inspired cook spaces.

For tons of options and varieties, you should head on over to Joss & Main. With tons of different lighting categories, many of which suitable for kitchen islands from flush mounts to chandeliers to pendant lights, it's all here.


Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.