When you’re designing your perfect kitchen you will have plenty to think about. For example, you’ll need to decide on flooring, storage options, and which counter tops you’re going to go for. These will all add hugely to the personality and practicality of your kitchen.
Another major consideration for your new kitchen is how you’re going to light it. Kitchens are hugely practical spaces and are also, by their nature, full of potential hazards. So apart from being a nuisance, a badly lit kitchen can actually be very dangerous.
We’ve put together these points to take into consideration when choosing the lighting for your dream kitchen.
1 Use light only where it is required. Forget hoards of lamps or a ceiling full of spot lights! As William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” – Think about necessary lighting and lighting that will look good, stick to just those.
Work surfaces need good task lighting, whether it is from downlights or pendants. A row of pendants over an island will help provide a visual divide between the dining and kitchen areas as well as looking very modern and giving you a good lighting for the worktop.
2 Downlighters beneath a wall mounted cupboard can be a great solution for task lighting. The mechanics of the light will be hidden away and the placement will stop your shadow obscuring the worktop. The latest LED products have less heat output, which saves money and prevents cupboards and food becoming too warm.
3 Be creative. Why not mix up traditions and add lighting below an island unit. Or, if your kitchens has a high ceiling try adding uplights to the tops of cabinets. This will add a lot of ambient lighting to your kitchen and also give a point of visual interest.
4 Layer your lighting. In addition to task lighting and general room lighting, add some accent and ambient lighting to different part of the room. Using a number of different sources lends a more 3D effect. Each source should be controlled individually to give you more options of feel and mood.
5 Create a bigger feel to smaller areas by using strategic directional spotlights. If your kitchen or dining area is small, you can increase the sense of space by using directional spotlights angled towards the cupboards and walls. The light is reflected back into the room and is much more effective than shining the light straight down at the floor.
6 Lights near your hob need to be easy to clean. Use lights around your hob and cooker which fit flush to the wall or ceiling so you won’t have problems when cleaning them.
7 Spots should be placed where you need the light. Selecting directional versions gives added flexibility. For example, lights over a kitchen counter often work best placed above the edges of the counter, but angled across it to create glare-free lighting.
8 With glass cabinets, why not light them internally? As long as you’re happy to showcase what’s inside of them you can use them almost like extra wall lights.