33 Kitchen Light Ideas for Small Kitchens

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Want kitchen lights that light up a small kitchen and look great?

These kitchen light ideas for small kitchens can help you set the perfect mood for your next culinary escapade.


Pendant lights have remained a tried-and-true kitchen staple for years. Here are a few top-tier choices based on your design aesthetic:

Art Deco

Art Deco and Art Nouveau are back in a big way in the 2020s. If you’re diving into the glitz and geometric glamor of Art Deco in your home, the SOUTHPO Creative Lighting Pendant Light is a must-buy for your small kitchen.

SOUTHPO Creative Lighting Touch Switch Dimming Pendant Light Bedroom Mini Adjustable Hanging Lights Dining Room Aluminium Art Deco Chandeliers LED Bulb Included Warm Light Pearl Black


Maximalists and minimalists alike will love the ENKUODE Vintage Moroccan Pendant, which will bring a global feel to your kitchen but won’t outshine other fixtures.

ENKUODE Vintage Moroccan Pendant Light Retro Industrial Loft Ceiling Hanging Droplight E27 Carved Iron Art Lampshade Mosaic Decor Chandelier for Restaurant Cafe Bar Kitchen (30cm)


If you’re decorating a coastal-style bungalow, even if you’re miles from the nearest beach, you can’t go wrong with these ELYONA Woven Pendant Lights — available in a three-pack for interior designers on a budget.

ELYONA 3 Pack Woven Pendant Lights, 7” Modern Boho Hanging Lamp with Handwoven Woven Rattan Shade, Adjustable Farmhouse Coastal Pendant Light Fixtures for Kitchen Island,Dining Room,Bar, Foyer Hallway


The Mxsaoud Modern Black Pendant Light looks gorgeous wherever you hang it. Install a trio above your kitchen island or hang it over your prep area for some much-needed task lighting.

Mxsaoud Modern Black Pendant Light Over Kitchen Island, Adjustable Wood Hanging Light Fixture,Industrial Pendant Lighting for Dining Room,Living Room,Bedroom,Hallway,Kitchen,Bar


Industrial-style fixtures can blend with just about any design aesthetic, and the DLLT Industrial Pendant Light Fixture is no exception. This minimalist silhouette looks great in contemporary, Japandi, modern farmhouse, and transitional spaces.

DLLT Industrial Pendant Light Fixture, Farmhouse Decor Adjustable Metal Hanging Lamp, Vintage Pendant Lighting for Kitchen Restaurant Dining Room Cafe Sink, E26 Base, Black(2 Packs)


A blending of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian simplicity, Japandi aesthetics rely heavily on natural materials and neutral colors. If that sounds up your alley, you should check out these Arturesthome Wood Pendant Lights.

Arturesthome Wood Pendant Lights, Wicker Drum Chandelier Boho Pendant Light Basket Lighting Fixture, Large Natural Woven Hanging Lamp for Kitchen Island Dining Room Entryway

Mid-century modern

Love or hate them, mid-century modern designs haven’t gone the way of the dodo just yet. They appear to be sticking around for the long haul!

If you’re a mid-century modern enthusiast, you’re sure to appreciate the bulb-like silhouette of the Tomons Pendant Light.

tomons Pendant Light Modern Lantern Lighting with LED Bulb, Wood Pattern Dome Minimalist Industrial Ceiling Hanging Lamp for Kitchen Island, Barn, Dining Room, Living Room, Bedroom - White

Modern farmhouse

Much like mid-century modern above, the modern farmhouse look doesn’t seem to be disappearing from stores and galleries any time soon. If you’re all in for shiplap and mason jars, this KICHLER Brinley Mini Pendant is perfect for your kitchen.

Kichler Brinley 7.75" Kitchen Pendant in Olde Bronze®, Mini Farmhouse Pendant with Clear Glass, (7.75" H x 4.75" W), 42878OZ, 1-Light


Traditional furniture and fixtures can be difficult to incorporate into minimalist-leaning aesthetics. Not so for this Globe Electric 65842 Lily Pendant Lighting, which will look great in any space.

Globe Electric 65842 Lily 1-Light Pendant Lighting, Matte Brass, Frosted Ribbed Glass Shade, Bulb Not Included


Transitional designs continue to delight homeowners and apartment-dwellers alike. If you’re coping with a small kitchen in your transitional-style home, the youngrender Schoolhouse Pendant Lighting might be the answer to your problems.

youngrender Set of 3 Schoolhouse Pendant Light, 8" Brass Gold Pendant Lights with Milk Glass Shade, Farmhouse Ceiling Pendant Light Fixtures for Kitchen Dinning Room Living Room Bedroom Hallway

Flush mounts and semi-flush mounts

If you’re not a fan of pendant lights, the following are some great close-to-the-ceiling options for you to try:

Art Deco

I adore these Brass Star Light Fixtures, which have that Art Deco sparkle but are still lowkey enough to blend in with the rest of your home décor.

FRIDEKO HOME 2 Pack Flush Mount Ceiling Light - Star Light Fixture Hallway Light Fixtures Ceiling Modern Ceiling Lights Brass Flush Mount Light Fixture for Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Entryway


Tiffany-style lighting might not seem very boho, but I think you’ll find that this gorgeous 20″ Wide Vintage Tiffany Ceiling Light will look great alongside the rest of your global décor.

20" Wide Vintage Tiffany Ceiling Light, NIUYAO Hand-Made Chandelier Remote Flush Mount Lighting Fixture with Peacock Tail Painting Shade (Green) 298230


I love the look of this 3-Lights Farmhouse Rattan Chandelier. It has those perfect beachy vibes and a chic, contemporary silhouette.

3-Lights Boho Light Fixtures Ceiling Mount, Farmhouse Rattan Chandelier, Hand Woven Cage Shade Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Lights for Bedroom Foyer Entryway Kitchen, Hallway Rattan Light Fixtures Ceiling


Speaking of contemporary, let’s talk about the Ynzefly 6-Lights Ceiling Light Fixtures. The smoky glass and brass accents give this piece a modern appeal, making it a great alternative to those builder-grade disc lights.

Ynzefly 6-Lights Ceiling Light Fixtures - Modern Matte Black Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light with Glass Shade (Gray)


This Rustic Industrial Flush Mount Light Fixture is an elegant choice for fans of industrial décor. Pair with some walnut and mixed-metal accents for maximum effect.

Rustic Industrial Flush Mount Light Fixture Two-Light Metal and Wood Square Flush Mount Ceiling Light for Hallway Living Room Bedroom Kitchen Entryway Farmhouse, Black


Quiet chic is the name of the game in Japandi designs, and I think you’ll agree that this DAKASON LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture perfectly represents the effortless style.

DAKASON LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture 13'' 25W 1500LM, 3000/4000/5000K CCT Selectable, Painted Woodgrain and Black Frame, Dimmable Modern LED Ceiling Light for Kitchen, Hallway, Living Room

Mid-century modern

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of mid-century modern interiors, and I also love the light that multi-bulb overhead fixtures in kitchens provide. This KCO Lighting Industrial Ceiling Light ticks both boxes.

KCO Lighting Brushed Gold Sputnik Flush Mount Ceiling Light Mid Century Modern Overhead Ceiling Light 6-Lights Milk Glass Globe Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture

Modern farmhouse

The Depuley 5-Light Industrial Ceiling Light is an excellent choice to bring just the right amount of kitsch to your modern farmhouse kitchen — or would that be kitschen?

Depuley 5-Light Industrial Ceiling Light, 19 Inch Farmhouse Semi Flush Mount Chandelier, Rustic Metal Cage Ceiling Light Fixture, Black Retro Close to Ceiling Lighting for Kitchen Dining Room Bedroom


Wrought iron chandeliers aren’t the only kind of traditional ceiling lighting out there; you’ll find classic flush and semi-flush mounts that also fit this design aesthetic. Don’t let the name of the BUXVRCS Modern Crystal Chandelier fool you — it’s as low profile as you can get without looking out of place in your traditional home.

BUXVRCS Modern Crystal Chandelier, 4-Light Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixtures, Overhead Light Fixture Black Ceiling Lamp for Hallway Bedroom Bathroom Living Room Kitchen G9 Socket


If you’ve ever found yourself confused about what exactly transitional style is, look no further than this VICNIE 12inch Ceiling Light for answers.

VICNIE 12inch Ceiling Light, 15W 1100 Lumens LED Flush Mount Lighting Fixture, Dimmable 3000K Warm White, White Finish, ETL Listed for Kitchen, Hallway, Bedroom, Laundry

The quatrefoil pattern is a perennial favorite, and either of the two finish options — white and brushed nickel — can blend seamlessly with both traditional and contemporary furnishings.

Under-cabinet lighting

Under-cabinet lighting is essential for anyone who doesn’t want to be forced into turning on the overhead light every time they go to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Here are my favorite options:

Tape lights

When it comes to finding under-cabinet lighting options that are easy to DIY and give great results, it’s tough to beat tape lights. The LAFULIT 8 PCS Under Cabinet Lighting Kit has everything you need to install 13’ of under-cabinet lighting.

LAFULIT 8 PCS Under Cabinet Lighting Kit, Bright Under Cabinet Lights, Flexible Led Strip Lights with Remote and Power Adapter, for Kitchen Cabinets Shelf Desk Counter, 2700K Warm White, 13ft

Motion-sensing LEDs

If you’re in the market for a higher-tech solution to your kitchen-lighting woes, this LED Closet Light might be the product you’re looking for. The rechargeable panels in this kit come with a remote control that lets you adjust the brightness to your liking.

LED Closet Light, 24-LED Dimmer Rechargeable Motion Sensor Under Cabinet Lighting Wireless Stick-Anywhere Night Light with Remote for Wardrobe,Kitchen (3 Pcs)

Disc lights

Perhaps the easiest under-cabinet lighting system to install and use, these Starxing Puck Lights with Remote come with adhesive tape the manufacturer promises won’t damage your cabinets’ finish.

Starxing Puck Lights with Remote, Battery Operated Under Cabinet Lighting, Wireless Led Tap Light with Remote Control, Locker Light Closet Light, 4000K Natural White (6PK)

Candles and candleholders

If the overhead fixture is the only source of light in your small kitchen, you might find it difficult to have friends over for wine and tapas. After all, who wants to hang out in a harshly lit environment?

So long as you don’t leave them unattended or let them burn for too long, candles are a safe solution to your mood-lighting problems. Here are some fantastic picks based on your favorite home décor styles:

Art Deco

Art Deco is all about geometric patterns, sharp lines, and severe angles — not always the easiest to find at a time when organic shapes are back in style. You’ll find the dramatic silhouettes you love in this Iron Taper Candle Holder.

Iron Taper Candle Holder - Decorative Candle Stand - Candlestick Holder for Wedding, Dinning, Party, Set 3


I’m a big fan of lowkey statement pieces — the small touches that invite conversation without overpowering the room. This set of three Jollifers Coconut Shell Candle Holders perfectly fits the bill for bohemians and anyone else who wants to curate a globetrotting style.

Jollifers Coconut Shell Candle Holders - Set of 3 Tropical Decor Coconut Candles for Table Centrepieces - Natural & White Candle Coconuts for Tiki Decor, Luau Decorations or Hawaiian Table Decorations


It can be easy to overdo some design aesthetics, leaving you with a room that feels like it’s dressed up for Halloween. Coastal dwellers looking for chic kitchen candleholders should forgo the rattan, sisal, and seashells in favor of these understated blue ARIAMOTION Hurricane Candle Holders.

ARIAMOTION Hurricane Candle Holders for Pillar Glass Sandy Blue Cylinder vases Table Decoration Centerpiece for Flower Coastal Room Decor Beach House Living Kitchen Dining 11" 8" 6" inch Set of 3


Contemporary décor doesn’t need to be avant-garde, as this OLEEK Metal Candle Holders Set shows. These wrought iron pieces are perfect for setting the mood during your next social gathering, but they’re also just nice to look at, even when they aren’t in use.

OLEEK Metal Candle Holders Set - Black Outdoor Candle Holder - Pillar Candle Holder - Hurricane Candle Holders for Pillar Candles - Cage Candle Holders for Table - Iron Candle Holders Decorative


You don’t have to go over the top with exposed brick and old metal pipe fixtures to embrace industrial décor. Look no further than the yshengood Glass Hurricane Candle Holder Set of 3’s black-coated steel and perfectly orderly right angles for your kitchen lighting needs.

yshengood Glass Hurricane Candle Holder Set of 3 PCS, Black Frame and Glass Hurricane Candleholders


With their neutral tone and organic shape, these adorable little Cabilock 2Pcs Ceramic Candlestick Holders are a must-add for any Japandi and/or Nordic home.

Cabilock 2Pcs Ceramic Candlestick Holder Nordic Style Taper Candle Stand Candle Burning Display Holder Desktop Ornament for Home Wedding Party

Mid-century modern

This mid-century modern Matte Black Candle Holder Centerpiece is the largest and most dramatic candleholder on this list by far. It’s an excellent statement piece to add to your MCM entryway, mantel, or kitchen island.

Matte Black Candle Holders for Taper Candles, Set of 6 Tall Metal Decorative Candlestick Holders for 3/4 inch Thick Candle,Table Mantel Centerpiece for Wedding, Dinning, Party, Anniversary

Modern farmhouse

Milk glass is an integral element of modern farmhouse décor, and fluted designs never go out of style. Check out this Taper Candle Holder Set if you’re looking for a small but notable addition to your kitchen décor.

White Candle Holder Candlestick Holders, 6 Inch Tall Candle Holders, Set of 2, White Glass Taper Candle Holders for Standard 3/4 Inch Tapered Candles, Vintage Home Decor Wedding Centerpiece


Silver candlesticks are a longstanding staple of traditional-style homes, to the extent that bridal websites still recommend them to new couples compiling their wedding registries.

But, let’s face it — silver candlesticks are expensive. If you want the look without the splurge, you can’t go wrong with this Hosley Set of 2 Silver Finish Taper Candle Holder 8″ High.

Hosley Set of 2 Silver Finish Taper Candle Holder 8" High. Ideal Gift and Use for Weddings, Party, Spa or Aromatherapy W1


Fans of transitional stylings have myriad options for candleholders; they can safely choose about anything in this section of the article!.

Nilor Glass Candle Holder, Set of 3 Glass Hurricane Candle Holders, Flower Vases, Perfect as a Wedding Centerpieces - Red

However, if you’re looking for something that stands out from the rest, consider adding this Blue Clear Glass Candle Holder Set of 3 to your kitchen.

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