Looking for beautiful kitchen lighting ideas? It might be the place for creating culinary masterpieces, but the kitchen often doubles up as a space for eating, entertaining, working and playing, so it’s important to have beautiful lighting that balances functionality with ambience. Here, more than anywhere else in the house, versatile lighting is essential.

When should I plan my kitchen lighting?

It’s important to consider your kitchen lighting when you start designing your space (before the electrician does the first fit) rather than seeing it as an afterthought. Make sure you plan your decorative lighting as well as any recessed lighting at this stage as you want to make sure all your kitchen lighting is controlled from the mains.

What type of light do I need in my kitchen?

The best kitchen lighting offers bright task lighting as well as atmospheric, ambient lighting. It’s important to make sure your kitchen counters, hob and sink are well lit, so that food prep areas are safe and you’re never working in shadow. The tendency is to opt for recessed task lighting and make features of ambient lighting, but with modern advances in technology, it’s now possible to turn your task lighting into a feature too.

If you want (or need) to keep the two separate, make sure your ambient lighting is on a separate system to your task lighting, ideally controlled by a dimmer switch.

Whichever combination you go for, making a feature of your lighting is a beautiful way to set your kitchen apart from the crowd. Here are some of our favourite kitchen lighting ideas:

Kitchen island lighting

black plumen pendant and 001 light bulb in a bright spacious kitchen with patio doors leading into garden

By @architectureforlondon, curated by Dezeen, photography @clickclickjim

Often the hub of a home, a kitchen island requires top notch task lighting as well as beautiful feature lighting. Here, the warm, bright light of the Plumen 001 hung in series over the island, makes a stunning design feature while offering the brightness needed for food prep. 

Pendant chandeliers

Plumen 001 and copper drop cap pendant cluster set in kitchen with white tiles and pine cupboards.


Pendants don’t have to hang straight down from the ceiling. Make a feature of your cables using a multi-way ceiling rose and ceiling hooks.

Vessel Shades

Project by Touch Design Group

Using shades with Plumen in the kitchen helps direct light into surfaces while softening the glare. Tinted glass shades work brilliantly as they also frame and colour the bulbs beautifully.

Exposed filament bulbs

plumen wilma dimmable LED bulb over kitchen sink with white tiles and dark cupboards

If you’re a fan of exposed filament bulbs but bored of seeing them everywhere, opt for ones with a contemporary silhouette – adding a modern twist to a vintage light. Here, a row of Wilmas add ambient and decorative lighting to this modern kitchen.

Track lighting

plumen 002 dimmable led bulb on track lighting


Use track lighting to mix and match your spotlights and ambient lights. We love this minimal kitchen which takes on a whole new life when the spots go off – leaving the Plumen 002 to softly illuminate the space with its atmospheric glow.

Plumen Drop Top Glass Shades

drop top pendant set with plumen 001 bulb above a gas hob

Pair the iconic Plumen 001 with a glass Drop Top Shade. The mouth-blown glass knocks back the glare of the Plumen 001 while the open base allows the brightness of the bulb to fully illuminate surfaces below. The perfect mixture of task and ambient lighting in one refined lighting piece.

Colour match your lighting

3 whirly willis dimmable LED bulb with pantone pendant

Pair our WattNott bulbs with a Pantone Pendant for a colourful twist to exposed filament bulbs. The sleek pendants come in 7 colours to suit your style and space.  

Lighting a vaulted ceiling

plumen 001 bulb with drop cap pendant set in a high ceiling white kitchen with grey accent colour on worktop and window frame


The beauty of the Plumen range is its flexibility – mix and match components to create the perfect pendant for your space. We love the way this kitchen makes use of ceiling hooks and super long cable – making the problem with vaulted ceilings no problem at all.

3D printed light shades

kayan 3D shade black above white and black kitchen island

For seriously modern and unique kitchen lighting ideas, have some 3D printed Kayan shades made to order. They come in a choice of colours and are designed to fit round Plumen bulbs. Made with recyclable PLA, they’re the perfect choice for a sustainable lighting masterpiece.

Minimal Kitchen Style

We love this bright, spacious, minimally styled kitchen in London by Russian For Fish. The colour of the Vessel shades really pop on the white expansive space.

Metal lamp shades

Plumen 001 and drop top glass shades in bright kitchen


Create stunning reflections and coloured glows with these sleek disc shades. Our collection of Drop Hat Shades are ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of a bare Plumen bulb within a refined and effortless lighting piece.  

For more kitchen lighting ideas, follow our board on Pinterest or call our team for advice.

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