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Dramatic Lighting Ideas for the Kitchen: Serve Up a Visual Treat!

The idea of a dream home is different for different folk. Some are happy with the smart urban apartment that lets them get on with their fast-paced daily life. Others want a suburban home that allows them to create a healthier and happier living environment for their family. Then there are those who need a home that is set away from it all and overlooks nature at its undisturbed best. Irrespective of your idea of a perfect home, the kitchen is always the heart and soul of it all. While functionality in the kitchen comes first, there are times when aesthetics ends up stealing the spotlight. And dramatic kitchen lighting does just that!

Modern and classic elements come together beautifully inside this farmhouse style kitchen

Stone Island and Backsplash

When we talk about kitchen islands draped in stone, it is often the countertop surfaces that we refer to which are clad in marble or other natural stone finishes. Yet, this fabulous kitchen with a stone archway and Cristallo Quartzite kitchen island goes beyond that as it embraces stone coupled with some dazzling lights. The custom island with backlit LED light panels and a backsplash to match brings the ‘wow factor’ to this space.

Awesome stone kitchen with Cristallo Quartzite kitchen island and backsplash that is illuminated by backlit LED panels [From: Sheppard’s Countertops]

Natural and Artificial Lighting

When we talk about dramatic lighting for the kitchen, most readers tend to perceive it as ‘artificial lighting’. And while this is true in most cases, a blend of natural light and unmissable drum pendants in black make a big impact in here. Skylights are a great way to light up the kitchen during daytime, save energy and still bring a unique appeal to the space without relying solely of artificial lighting sources.

Combing natural light with artificial lighting fixtures using skylight and drum pendants [From: Union Studio]

Pattern and Color Added to the Mix

This New York kitchen in white showcases how you can turn a couple of eye-catching pendants into the defining features of the kitchen. The neutral backdrop, curated accents that complement the hue of the large pendants and pops of color here and there that still allow the lighting fixtures to make the biggest impact are all small cogs of this picture-perfect modern kitchen. Dashing green and ample pattern added to the mix…

Eye-catching over-sized pendant lights bring both color and pattern to this white New York kitchen [From: d2 interieurs]

Industrial and Awesome!

A kitchen with brick wall backdrop, concrete countertops and unabated industrial charm is the perfect place for lighting that is both understated and striking. That is just what you get in here even as you have a smart and sensible island at the heart of it all.

Fabulous kitchen remodel with red brick backsplash, industrial style, concrete countertops and gorgeous chandelier lighting [From: Ocala Kitchen and Bath]

Lighting that is Eye-Catching

For kitchen lighting fixtures to make a substantial impact visually, one need not always take the spectacular route. In the contemporary, small kitchen, adding bright and large pendants above the kitchen island or counter while keeping the backdrop neutral works just as well.

Kitchen island lighting in Sao Paulo makes an impact despite being nothing unusual!

LED Strip Lights

LED strip lights have transformed kitchen ambiance in many hoes across the world. They are easy to work with, do not require major changes in kitchen layout and transform even the most mundane of backdrops into a brightly lit masterpiece. The modern kitchen in black with wood floor and brick wall is the perfect example of this.

LED strip lights under the floating wooden shelves add to the modern industrial style of this kitchen [From: Black Orchid Design]

A Surreal Visual

It is once again LED strip lights that add a bit of magic to this modern kitchen as they turn the modest island into one that seems to slightly float above ground in a magical fashion! Creating this look is easy and economical and it definitely transforms the ambiance in the kitchen.

Lighting beneath the kitchen island gives it a fabulous visual appeal [From: Kathleen Jennison]

Open up the Kitchen

There are times when all you need to do is open up the kitchen to the world around it for a grander presence. Corner windows, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, skylights and more; you can choose the way in which you do it depending on the scenery outside and privacy you require.

Natural light helps create a healthier, eco-friendlier kitchen [From: Iguana Architects / Juliet Murphy Photography]

Something Spectacular!

Finally, just in case you were looking for a really spectacular idea that does not feel ‘quirky’ and maintains a certain degree of sophistication, we bring to you the back-lit Onyx kitchen island. Its magnetic yellow presence in this contemporary kitchen trumps everything else with ease.

Brilliantly illuminated Onyx kitchen island is a showstopper almost every single time!

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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