When you’re thinking about designing a new kitchen, lighting often isn’t your top priority, instead you’re always thinking about the cupboards or the work surfaces, however it should be. Not having the right lighting in a kitchen can result in a dull and dingy looking room which nobody wants to socialise or even cook in so you will want to choose the right lighting to ensure that your kitchen is a space that’s multifunctional, bright and fit for all occasions. Luckily, the bespoke kitchen experts over at Harvey Jones have loads of advice available for anyone who is needing help to get the lighting right in their kitchen.
There are generally three main reasons why you will want to get the lighting perfect in your kitchen:
- For tasks
- To create a mood
- The general lighting of the space
If you were to use several different sources of light to create a layered effect then this will help to create the perfect mood for any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or a social gathering. Most kitchens will benefit from some form of ceiling light, which will help to illuminate the whole space. Spotlights are a good source of light and can come in two forms: warm or cool LED spots. Before deciding which is best, you should always consider how much natural light the kitchen will be exposed to from the windows. Cool lighting is bright and whiter and perfect for spaces that are lacking in natural light but can feel a little stark, while warm spots provide a gentler light. It’s best to decide what sort of feel you want your kitchen to have.
If you have a dining table or an island in your kitchen, you can create a focal piece with some hanging lights. You can hang several at different heights for an eye-catching focal point over the island or dining table. They are best hung in odd numbers so that one pendant is always central as this is very aesthetically pleasing. However, you always need to plan ahead to ensure the wiring is in the correct place and that you won’t be moving your table. The last thing you want is a pendant hanging over an empty space.
Incorporating lights below cupboards will improve visibility when prepping and cooking food. Appliances with integral lighting will also help this.
You can add decorative and mood lighting in a similar way; under islands and below plinths will create an illusion that they are floating whilst also illuminating the floor. They give a subtle glow which contribute to mood. Using colour changing LED strips means you can change the lighting to create the best vibes for the occasion and they are certainly a talking point when you have guests over.