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.
Warm kitchen lighted by a dome pendant chandelier that hung over the kitchen island topped with a black granite counter and fitted with a sink and chrome fixtures.
Dine-in kitchen boasts white chandeliers and wooden cabinetry and along with a breakfast island fitted with built-in shelving.
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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.
Rustic kitchen offers shade chandelier and white cabinetry fixed on the stone brick backsplash. It includes a gray breakfast island paired with round leather stools over wood plank flooring.
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.
U-shaped kitchen with black and glass front cabinetry filled with decorative dinnerware. It includes black granite countertop fitted with stainless steel range and dual sink with pull down sprayer.
Bright eat-in kitchen features built-in wine rack along with a combination of white and wooden cabinetry that complements with the round dining table lighted by a gorgeous floral chandelier.
Spacious eat-in kitchen filled with white cabinetry that’s beautifully contrasted with black metal dining set. It includes glass front cabinet and a pair of classic chandeliers.
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.
Classic kitchen offers a candle chandelier and floral kitchen runner that complements with the valence covering the white framed window.
A wrought iron chandelier hangs over the light wood breakfast bar in this kitchen with limestone flooring and glass paneled windows dressed in charming yellow valences.
Eat-in kitchen furnished with black and white chairs along with a natural wood dining table lined with a beige runner and lighted by a glass candle chandelier.
Zebra counter chairs sit at a white breakfast bar in this kitchen with an ornate chandelier and gray vent hood fixed on the linear mosaic backsplash tiles.
Fabulous kitchen features glamorous chandelier and floral chairs surrounding a checkered dining table on a colorful striped rug over wood plank flooring.
Beige kitchen surrounded with white cabinetry that’s contrasted with a dark wood central island topped with black granite counter and lighted by a chandelier.
A pair of classy chandelier illuminates this kitchen showcasing a wooden island bar with a raised eating counter and built-in wine rack.
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.
An expansive kitchen with a carved wood central island over wood plank flooring and a wrought iron chandelier that hung from the dome ceiling.
Spacious kitchen boasts a wooden breakfast island and subway tile backsplash fixed in between white and glass front cabinetry.
Natural light streams in through the arched framed window in this kitchen with double breakfast islands illuminated by glass chandeliers.
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.
This kitchen showcases a beadboard central island and dining set by the glazed windows covered with wicker roman shades. It has hardwood flooring and vaulted ceiling with hanging classic chandeliers.
Black bar stools sit at a breakfast island fitted with an oven and sink in this kitchen with limestone flooring and framed windows covered with floral roman shades.
A central breakfast island lighted by gorgeous chandeliers is the focal point in this kitchen with limestone flooring and white framed glass door that opens to the yard.
A wooden dining set stands out in this white kitchen illuminated by wrought iron chandeliers and recessed ceiling lights.
Yellow kitchen with white cabinetry and a wooden island bar fitted with an oven and built-in storage and lighted by a pair of caged chandeliers.
Traditional kitchen boasts caged chandeliers and a quartz top central island surrounded with dark wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
This kitchen features a dark wood central island lined with black bar stools and lighted by a candle chandelier that hung from the drop ceiling complementing with the range hood.
Opposite side view of the kitchen showing the white framed windows and round sink fitted on the dark wood island bar with built-in shelving.
Beige kitchen showcases a white ornate vent hood that matches with the kitchen island paired with metal counter chairs and lighted by a classy chandelier.
A wrought iron chandelier illuminates this kitchen boasting white cabinetry and breakfast island lined with black counter chairs.
Warm kitchen with a stone brick peninsula and white central island topped with a wooden counter that complements with the cabinetry and rich hardwood flooring.
This kitchen is filled with white cabinetry and a wooden central island along with a granite top two-tier island bar paired with ornate metal chairs.
Well-lit kitchen offers a breakfast bar with metal stools and white cabinetry with stainless steel appliances inset. It has wood plank flooring and light yellow walls lined with white crown molding.
Tropical kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and a raised breakfast island topped with marble counter. It is illuminated by a candle chandelier that serves as a pot rack as well.
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.
Fresh kitchen with a central island bar surrounded by white cabinetry and arched framed windows. It has green walls and white vaulted ceiling with a hanging chandelier.
Tropical kitchen with wood beam ceiling and dark hardwood flooring topped by a striped runner. It includes distressed cabinetry and an arched window covered with floral valence and green shutters.
Traditional kitchen surrounded with wooden cabinetry that matches with the central island topped with granite counter and black bowl.
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.
Yellow kitchen showcases wooden cabinetry and a central kitchen island topped with a decorative bowl that complements with the black chandelier.
A closeup look at the yellow kitchen with wood plank flooring and a black door that opens to the pantry.
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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