Modern light fixtures for kitchens

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Brighten up your kitchen

Shedding light on kitchen decor has never been so fun! Don’t let the heart of your home hide in the dark. It’s easy to spruce up your space with the flip of a switch. We’ve got the scoop on modern light fixtures that will make your kitchen shine!

Capiz shell

If you’re looking for a natural touch with modern flare, look no further than capiz shell. The smooth, shiny texture will add elegance to your home’s decor and the handmade craftsmanship will add an organic feel. Place a fixture, like this capiz chandelier from Amazon.com, over the kitchen island or even the dining room table.

Drum shades

Hang a silky drum shade in your kitchen and you'll have an instant touch of modern design. These versatile fixtures work well with many decor styles. The simple design of drum shade pendants, like this one from Homedecorators.com, won't steal the show from other elements in your room. Or, add a decorative shade with a bold pattern for a simple way to show off your vibrant personality.

Track lights

Point light exactly where you want it by using spotlights in your home. Track lights look industrial and artistic; plus they can reach dark corners like no other light can. Use them to highlight works of art, decorative items or even your collector's china set. This track light set from Homedepot.com will add a modern touch to any style of decor.

Wall mounts

Kitchen lighting doesn't always need to come from the ceiling. Why not add some light by placing a few wall-mount sconces near the sink. Sconces can be attached directly to the wall or even to the side of cabinets. Many sconces are even manufactured for no-hassle installation, like this plug-in sconce from Lamps Plus.

Glass orbs

Not sure what to do to spruce up the kitchen counter? Adding sparkle to otherwise dull areas is as easy as one, two, three! Just install three orb pendant lights, like these from West Elm, evenly spaced above your breakfast bar. These simple yet elegant fixtures will add ambiance to your space without overpowering your decor.

Industrial pendants

Bring a touch of edgy decor into your kitchen with industrial style fixtures. Sure, they're rough around the edges, but perhaps that's just what your kitchen needs! The dark, coarse design of this pendant from Crate and Barrel will soften designs that feel too perfect. Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so don't be afraid to let the space feel lived-in.

Lighting combinations

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to lighting your home. In fact, spaces feel more comfortable when lighting is softly layered. In the kitchen, layer lighting by mixing a few of these lighting options along with under-cabinet lighting and recessed lighting in the ceiling. Keep lighting soft, rather than overpowering, and install your lighting on a dimmer switch for added ambiance control.

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