There are so many ingredients that make a kitchen come together: from cabinetry, hardware and fixtures, to countertops, backsplashes, flooring and appliances. What’s often an afterthought—our choice in lightingOpens in a new window.

What’s cooking in kitchen lighting? A lot. Given the vast array of options and freedom for creativity, it seems there’s no better time to lighten things up in a way that suits your taste and budget to a T.

Here are some of our favorite looks in affordable kitchen lightingOpens in a new wind.

Earthy and Organic

From gorgeous gourd-inspired pendants and sculptural lotus flowerOpens in a new window designs, to subtly shaped beehives crafted of metal meshOpens in a new window, organic looks are hot. We think they’re naturally suited for kitchen settings.

Light and Airy

Clear glass pendantsOpens in a new window are a clear winner in the kitchen. Whether placed over an island, table or counter, they provide essential light without obscuring your line of sight. From simply chic contemporaryOpens in a new window styles, to vintage carafesOpens in a new window and raised block designs with mid-centuryOpens in a new window flair, clear glass lighting is finding its way into kitchens in all kinds of ways.

Twists on Tradition

When it comes to kitchen lighting, traditional looks are being reinterpreted to suit changing tastes. The factory-style pendantOpens in a new window given a modern white lacquer finish. A romantic chandelierOpens in a new windowcrafted of wood instead of crystal. A pendantOpens in a new window that merges “tarnished” metal with translucent glass. These are just a few ways what’s old is new in kitchen lighting.

Statement Pieces

Ta da lighting doesn’t have to be reserved for the formal dining room. Whether your style is shabby-chicOpens in a new window, mid-century modern, industrialOpens in a new windowor contemporary, you can still enjoy a high-glam look, even when slaving away in the kitchen.

Clustered, Not Cluttered

Cluster-style lightingOpens in a new window has a big group following. What a delicious addition in the kitchen! We especially love a combination of shades that are similar but not identical. It just makes life a little more interesting.

Table Lamps

Turn the tables with a well-placed table lamp or two in the kitchen. Not only are table lampsOpens in a new window essential for task lighting, but they also bring a sense of warmth that’s welcome anywhere and everywhere.