Even if you're renting, you can take some of the ideas you've used in the living room and bedroom and put them to use in the kitchen. Start by making sure you've filled the roles of these two important lights:
1. Start With Ambient Lighting
This is what you've probably already got going in your kitchen, whether it's recessed can lights, a fluorescent fixture or some track lighting. You just need one big, bright fixture to light the entire room. But don't stop there.
The most popular task lighting fixtures? Under-cabinet lights. Get some custom-installed (if you have a really forgiving landlord), or just head to IKEA for some cheap retro-fits; like the INREDA Cabinet lighting ($14.99), GRUNDTAL Spotlights ($24.99 /3 pack), LACK Clamp bookcase lighting ($29.99 /2 pack) or INREDA LED spotlights ($44.99/4 pack).
2. Add Some Task Lighting
Just like you have task lighting at your desk, you need the same kind of focused light in the kitchen when you're preparing food.
Of course if you (or your landlord) are not cool with mounting lights to your cabinets, you could always try the same task lighting you have in your office: a lamp. We've seen more and more lamps on kitchen counter tops lately (check out the pic above from Carla's Grand Ave. Home). Just make sure you wrangle those wires like you do at your desk—it's more of a hazard in the wet kitchen than in the office.