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18 Trendy Kitchen and Dining Lighting Design Ideas

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Susan Serra, CKD

Kitchen lighting has never been as exciting as we see today! The good news is that almost anything goes. The hottest lighting trend is industrial meets retro meets modern, which means it's your personal take on what works best with your kitchen. The rules for kitchen lighting design are few; follow your general style theme (or mix it up thoughtfully for an eclectic look), pay attention to task lighting at the backsplash or anywhere you want or need light, and you're on your way to a kitchen that is dramatic and multi-dimensional. Lighting fixtures play with light in the most wonderful and exciting ways. Seek out fixtures with LEDs to save a maximum amount of energy. 

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    Elegant Fixtures

    Light bulbs hanging in modern kitchen
    Susan Serra, CKD

    A kitchen with a fantasy lighting design becomes its own focal point. Both decorative and useful, a creative lighting design makes its own rules for maximum style and impact. LED light bulbs make an abundance of light fixtures look great and still save energy.

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    Creative Lighting Design

    Dining area in open, white kitchen
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Lighting fixtures with unusual and voluminous texture become a floating sculpture. Trendy for the chic kitchen table, modern elegance is the look.

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    Minimalist Lighting

    Minimalist lighting fixture in dining area
    Susan Serra, CKD

    A simple, iconic light fixture, nearly invisible in white, is all about a minimalist look and feel. Perfect for a small kitchen, the look of a single modern light fixture is easy to appreciate.

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    Mixed up Fixtures

    Mixed up fixtures in kitchen with tile wall
    Susan Serra, CKD

    One of the hottest trends is to select a few light fixtures from a lighting brand's collection and make your own grouping. Vary heights and sizes for design flexibility and a fun factor.

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    Hang Pendants Low

    Wooden kitchen design with hanging lights
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Hung low (but not too low) your kitchen pendants will add that very popular cozy trend to the kitchen. Do you think they are too low? Hang them lower!

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    Industrial Lighting Design

    Industrial lighting design over kitchen sink
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Retro yet thoroughly modern, fixtures in threes add a pleasing design statement. An industrial design plus finish can enhance any minimalist kitchen. 

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    Architectural Lighting

    Architectural lighting in modern kitchen over stove
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Brighten up the backsplash! Design an architectural element such as a long shelf high above the countertop and create a mural type effect below with focused lighting. Structural chic.

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    Trendy Kitchen Fixtures

    Trendy kitchen fixture over table in open kitchen
    Susan Serra, CKD

    An uber trendy kitchen design needs nothing less than a fabulous light fixture. An island does not always need multiple pendants — instead, a single, fabulous, oversized fixture can tell the design story.

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    Constrast Is Key

    Light fixtures hanging over wood counter by sink with plates on the wall
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Drama in the kitchen? Why not? With a strong contrast of black and white, new approaches in lighting begs for drama. An invisible strip of lighting along the wall combined with multiple simple black fixtures over a wood table is oh so chic!

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    Light That Glows

    Lit up backsplash in modern kitchen behind marble coundertops
    Susan Serra, CKD

    A lighted backsplash is very on trend. It's about the glow, the useful light and the accents of useful areas which become beautiful. Simple, wide "blocks" of light and surfaces are happening in kitchen design today.

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    Ducks in a Row

    Lights hanging over sink next to potted plants in kitchen
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Multiple pendants, like ducks in a row, make any kitchen appear organized yet super stylish. Black and clear glass add a lite industrial feeling to the kitchen. Trendy, but with your own twist.

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    Vintage Light Fixtures

    Vintage light fixtures hanging in white room
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Handcrafted, a little rustic, a little retro with a lot of style — vintage is the new modern, especially when used in a contemporary kitchen design. 

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    Basket Textures

    Basket textured lights hanging from ceiling
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Look to showroom displays for lighting trends. A large grouping of different sizes, shapes, and textures can be translated into a collection of two or more fixtures in your kitchen. Basket textured lighting is the new/refreshed retro lighting trend. It's easy to get the look!

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    Warm Metal Finishes

    Metal finishing on a lights hanging next to cabinet in kitchen
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Warm finishes in light fixtures are hot! Combine warm light fixture finishes with other warm finishes in hardware, shelf brackets, faucets and more for a coordinated look. Don't worry about matching finishes, the collective warmth will tell the story. 

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    Zen Lighting

    Zen lighting from under cabinets on countertop with plant on it
    Susan Serra, CKD

    A quiet, soft light on a simple backsplash is today's look for modern kitchen design. It's all about a zen look and feel, perhaps with a touch of a simple, modern, plant.

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    Floating Cabinetry

    Floor and cabinets in kitchen with light coming from under cabinetry
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Lighting in kitchens is everywhere today, even underneath. Add a floating feeling to cabinetry that adds elegance and accentuating shape and form. A sculptural look.

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    Eclectic Lighting Design

    Table set near window in a shop with blue lamp shade over above table
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Keep your eyes open and get inspired by lighting trends in the most stylish boutiques. An eclectic mix of color, refreshed formal pieces used with metal folding chairs, perhaps, combined with an oversized brightly colored light fixture is exactly what today's trend is— super personal style.

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    Color Behind Glass Doors

    Lights in kitchen cabinets in all white kitchen on either side of the stove
    Susan Serra, CKD

    Color can be one of the best ways to create a focal point in the kitchen. Combine basic cabinet lighting with a bright color behind cabinet glass doors and the look will instantly become a modern design statement.