Smaller kitchens definitely have their fair share of design challenges, from the lack of storage to minimal floor space. However, with some illuminating lighting ideas for small kitchens, you can transform even the smallest galley kitchen into the gourmet haven you’ve always dreamed of.
6 Kitchen Lighting Ideas for Small Kitchens
The average home size that a lot of Americans are after isn’t as big as it used to be. With more homebuyers looking for warmer, intimate spaces, we’re all getting bolder and more creative with small kitchens. Classic designs like a pendant chandelier over an island are beautiful, but with smaller kitchens having no island, lighting ideas need to get a little more creative.
Here are some easy tips for lighting up even the smallest of kitchens:
- Under-cabinet lighting
- Overhead pendant lights
- Flush-mount lights
- Wall sconces
- Recessed lighting
- Maximize your natural light
Pendant lights are some of the most modern and versatile lights you can use in a kitchen, even for lighting ideas for kitchens with no island. At Color Cord Company, we feature pendant lights that range from chic, minimal single pendant fixtures, popular Duo and Trio fixtures, along with options for designing your own pendant light with up to 17 pendants.
But for smaller kitchens, we generally recommend proportionally smaller pendant light fixtures with one to three pendants. This creates a crisp, minimal focal point that’ll play up the vertical negative space of your kitchen no matter its size.
Flush mount lights are attractive, stylish accents that can reduce glare or shadow when placed strategically. For smaller kitchens, consider placing a row of flush-mount lights above the sink. This will create a soft, warm light in areas that typically get left in the dark, especially if your kitchen has a closed floor plan.
Like our pendant fixtures, our flush mount lights come in a range of sizes and port configurations. For areas that are particularly dim-lit 24/7, consider two or three ports. Or, for a more minimal look, go with a single port.
Similar to flush-mount lights, wall sconces can save you valuable countertop space while illuminating your kitchen’s most dimly-lit areas.
They’re also some pretty stylish choices if you’re looking for fixtures hardwired or plugged into a wall.
Recessed lighting is another space-saving lighting idea for any small kitchen. This is especially great if your kitchen has low ceilings and you’re not crazy about fixtures hanging down and getting in the way.
Recessed lights also work well as ambient lighting or your main source of light outside of pendants or sconces. You can choose to install these in cabinetry or overhead to complement the lighting from your pendants or chandeliers.
Maximize Your Natural Lighting
Ambient, natural light is ideally the best way to illuminate your kitchen during the day. But if you’re dealing with a small or cramped space, capturing this natural light can be a bit tricky, especially if you don’t have a ton of options for renovating or doing substantial construction work to alter your kitchen’s windows. The easiest way to do this is to use only lightweight, white or off-white curtains that let in ambient light while keeping out glare. Or better yet, don’t use curtains at all for a clean, minimal look to let in as much light as possible.
Lighting Ideas for Small Kitchens and Rooms of All Shapes and Sizes
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