The right mix of lighting is very important for any kitchen. Using the right types of lighting in the right places will really showcase any great design features and help create the mood and atmosphere that you’re trying to achieve. But there are such a varied range of options when it comes to kitchen lighting. How do you know which ones to choose, where to place them and how to get the most from them?

Here are the 5 steps you should follow for awe inspiring kitchen lighting:

1. Zone Your Lighting

Different parts of your kitchen will serve different purposes and require different types of lighting. So zone out the lighting in your kitchen into separate areas and think about the requirements of each area.

Some parts of your kitchen may be short of space and suit downlights that don’t occupy much room. However, a kitchen island, for example, could be made to look fantastic with some low hanging pendant lights. By thinking about the placement and zoning of lighting in your kitchen, you should be able blend it seamlessly with the design and layout of your kitchen and at the same time create a lighting arrangement that’s visually appealing and striking.

Adding separate controls for each lighting zone will also allow you to adjust lighting separately and will give you the ability to create many different lighting conditions.

2. Add Some Mood Lighting

Using mood lighting in your kitchen will help to create an atmosphere that brings the space to life. If you’re looking to create a kitchen that is functional, yet warm and relaxing. Use warm coloured lighting for a homely feel. If, however, you are looking for a more clean, crisp and modern space, try including white lighting or even experimenting with different coloured lights, as long as you keep it subtle. Including green or red lighting under the edges of cabinets isn’t something for every kitchen, but if used well can be a fantastic finishing touch.

For even greater control over the mood you create, you could also add dimmer switches to your lighting.

3. Use Task Lighting

Every kitchen, no matter the style, will need task lighting for food preparation areas. After all, these areas need to be well lit not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for safety reasons as well. Task lighting is often more led by necessity than by design, so concealing your task lighting under kitchen cabinets is a great way to keep the overall look of your kitchen clear.

Task Lighting

It’s definitely possible to experiment a little with your task lighting however. This client kitchen in Huddersfield uses strip lighting under the cabinets to create task lighting that really adds to the overall design and feel of the space.

4. Take Advantage of Natural Light

While adding as much lighting as possible can often be an attractive proposition, the best kind of lighting will always be natural light. Try to make use of light from your windows as much as possible to create a more natural and fresh feel to the lighting in your kitchen.

Using natural light may mean that not as much lighting is required in your kitchen. When using natural light, you should also make sure that any other lighting you do use complements the natural light well. Green and red LED lighting might not be the best idea here.

Natural Light

This client kitchen in Doncaster makes great use of the natural light available from the garden. As a result, the only main lighting source required comes in the form of some downlights.

5. Create a Flow

With the different types of lighting you’ll be using in your kitchen, it’s important to make the space all flow into one and ensure that your kitchen remains one, unified space. While you should be zoning your lighting, your kitchen shouldn’t be made to look like separate areas. Rows of pendant lights that create subtle divides between your kitchen and dining spaces can help unify the space, rather than splitting up your kitchen, for example.

If your kitchen flows directly into a living or dining area, continuing some of the same lighting, such as downlights or directional lights, into this space can also help create unity between the two spaces.

In Summary…

You should be carefully considering the lighting that you use in your kitchen. Make sure that you take advantage of the many different types of lighting options from downlights to strip light and pendants to LEDs. If you use the lighting most suitable to your kitchen. You will have control over the environment you create and will end up spending so much more time on your kitchen.

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