Illuminate Your Kitchen with the Right Lighting
Lighting up your kitchen is not as simple as it might sound. While practical lighting is essential for food preparation and cooking, kitchen lighting should also be utilised to create mood, atmosphere and impact. This gives you the flexibility to transform your kitchen from a practical cooking area to an ambient filled social space at the flick of a switch.
According to House to Home, “One of the first things you’ll need to consider when planning your new kitchen is the lighting, as electrics and fittings have to be installed at the start of the project, before plastering, decorating and the fitting. It’s an integral part of any scheme and this is your one chance to get it right.”
In this blog post, we take a look at the different types to help guide you through the process.
Effective task lighting is absolutely essential for all kitchens, regardless of the size, style or cost. Chefs need to be able to see what they are doing, for safety reasons if nothing else!
Under mounted fixtures are perfect for above worktops and sinks while hob areas are conventionally fitted with halogen lights set into the extractor. Pendant lamps are a great way to highlight island benches and shine light directly towards the preparation area. For technology lovers, sensor-operated lights are becoming rapidly popular in contemporary kitchens. The touch free sensors are ideal for wet hands and preparing messy foods. Draws and cabinets can also be installed with sensors, making it easier than ever to locate that pesky can opener hidden in the back of the cupboard.
Hanging individual or a series of overhead pendant lamps above the dining table is a great way to create a comfortable and laid back dinnertime atmosphere. Adding a dimmer function is a popular incorporation to dining lighting schemes, offering a quick and easy way to soften the mood and stimulate relaxed after dinner conversation. Keep in mind LED’s should always be warm white to avoid the lighting becoming too sterile and harsh.
Creating a relaxed atmosphere is a key part of making your kitchen lighting plan a success. This is of particular importance when your kitchen is open plan and used as a multipurpose space. It should be possible to adjust the mood of the lighting accordingly! Dimmer lights are an easy way to create ambiance while plinth lighting set around islands or breakfast bars makes for an impressive and alluring scene. If your house boasts unique period features try using accent lighting to highlight them and draw the eye to particular areas.
Flickering lights and dancing colours are a great way to give your kitchen the wow factor! Lighting can be controlled remotely, placing the option of different mood settings at your fingertips. Colour change lighting can also be used to illuminate glass splashbacks and light strips beneath islands and bench tops.
The key to an effective kitchen lighting scheme is to layer all four elements and give yourself the power to control each one individually. At the end of the day there is no point in having a stunning feature splashback if it is outshone by the harsh overhead practical lighting. Use your creativity, give yourself control and find a combination that suits your lifestyle – follow these steps and we guarantee your kitchen will be shining light of your home.
Guest Post Written by Ian Holbrook – owner of Premier Lampshades, the home of bespoke made to measure lamp shades and repair services. If you’re looking for a lampshade to illuminate your kitchen – come and say hello.