Check out this amazing photo gallery of kitchens with chandelier lighting to see if a chandelier is right for your kitchen design.
Chandeliers aren’t often equated as kitchen lighting but when you check out our examples of kitchens with a chandelier below, I believe you’ll agree with me that it’s not a bad lighting source for a kitchen.
However, any time you incorporate a chandelier into a kitchen, keep in mind you’re moving toward the more formal look. Pendant lights, especially more contemporary types of pendant lights, are less formal.
Chandeliers are becoming more popular ceiling lights in kitchens for two reasons. First, new houses have higher ceilings so there’s sufficient clearance for smaller chandeliers such as mini-chandeliers. Second, there are a lot of different styles, shapes and sizes of chandeliers which gives you good options for the kitchen.
This kitchen features cream cabinetry with stainless steel appliances inset. It includes a black marble top breakfast island lined with black counter chairs and lighted by a pair of vintage chandeliers.
Fancy crystal chandeliers illuminate this kitchen showcasing a cream breakfast bar that matches with the cabinetry for a cohesive look. It has limestone flooring and framed windows dressed in charming striped valences.
Metal counter chairs sit at a curved island bar in this kitchen with wooden cabinetry and ornate chandeliers.
Red kitchen designed with decorative plates mounted above the range alcove framed with marble mantel. It includes a black kitchen island lighted by a wrought iron chandelier that hung from the wood beam ceiling.
Gorgeous kitchen boasts a stylish central island that blends well with the marble flooring surrounded by wooden cabinetry. It is illuminated by a black chandelier along with wall sconces and recessed lights mounted on the tray ceiling.
Minimalist kitchen showcases dark hardwood flooring and beamed ceiling with hanging glass globe pendants and fancy crystal chandelier. It has a clawfoot island bar topped with white marble counter and dual sink.
Dine-in kitchen with white cabinetry and a dark wood breakfast island across the wooden dining set on a red tasseled rug. It is illuminated by a chandelier along with natural light from the framed windows.
This kitchen offers a stainless steel fridge and a beadboard kitchen island topped with granite counter. It has white cabinetry and diamond pattern backsplash tiles that complement with the marble flooring.
A candle chandelier integrated with pot rack hangs over the concrete island bar topped with black granite counter in this kitchen with rich wood cabinetry and vent hood fixed to the marble backsplash.
Angled side view of the tropical kitchen showing stainless steel appliances and dual sink with black fixtures fitted on the breakfast island with built-in storage and dual wall oven.
Deluxe kitchen boasts elegant black cabinetry accented with gold linings along with a matching breakfast bar that’s paired with metal chairs and lighted by a brass chandelier that hung from the stylish checkered ceiling.
Craftsman kitchen features a central island bar that matches with the cabinetry and hardwood flooring for a unified look. It is illuminated by a dome chandelier that hung from the tray ceiling framed with wood beams.
A brass chandelier illuminates this cream kitchen accented with decorative tile backsplash. There’s an island bar in the middle paired with counter cushioned chairs that are designed with orange tassels.
Pendant lights vs. Chandelier for the Kitchen
Most kitchens these days, especially if they have an island, use pendant lighting. I’m sure you’ve seen it, 2 to 4 pendant lights along the length of the island. It’s a great look.
The rest of the space is often illuminated with recessed lights.
Since pendants are so popular, is there any place for a chandelier in the kitchen?
I think there is and this gallery is a testament to that. You can skip the pendants and go for something more grand such as a chandelier over the island. Or, if you have in-kitchen dining, put a chandelier above the in-kitchen dining table. You’ll see several examples of that in our kitchen chandelier gallery above or our main kitchen photo gallery here.
Which type of light is best above the island?
It boils down to personal choice. You can get long chandeliers that run a good chunk of the island length. So it really is a personal choice. The chandelier, even a more casual design, will be more formal looking than pendant lights.
Where should the chandelier go in the kitchen?
It should be suspended above a counter such as island or peninsula. This is space you don’t walk and so it can hang down a bit without getting in the way.
Can you have recessed lights and a chandelier in the kitchen?
Yes, definitely. In fact, 2 light sources is a great idea in a kitchen. I’d throw in under-cabinet lighting to boot. You need your kitchen well lit and a combination of higher end lights is much better than fluorescent lights.
What’s the best kitchen chandelier style?
I’d definitely go with something more casual such as a rustic, craftsman, modern/contemporary, sputnik or transitional style. I think glamorous, grand chandeliers are out of place in kitchens because a kitchen is a utility room of sorts and so putting a crystal, waterfall or empire style in a kitchen look odd.
Buying Kitchen Chandeliers
Below is a short list of online retailers with excellent chandelier selection:
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