6 Tips for Choosing the Right Lighting for Your Kitchen

Effective lighting is essential for food preparation, cooking, entertaining, and simply relaxing. Choosing the right lighting in your kitchen makes the world of difference and can transform a dull and gloomy space into a warm and welcoming room. Here are some ideas about different types of lighting you can use to good effect in your kitchen, and how to maximise the power of light.

1. Layer Your Lighting

The best way to plan your kitchen lighting is to think about it in layers, with each layer according to the use. So one layer will be task lighting, one layer will be mood lighting, and another will be feature lighting. With these three layers you will always be able to create the effect you want and need in the kitchen whether you are cooking, dining, or relaxing.


2. You Don’t Necessarily Need a Ceiling Light

Fluorescent tubes were always the go-to kitchen lighting but you don’t have to install one of these. You don’t even need any ceiling light if you have spotlights, uplights, strips on the counters, or downlighters around the room. Think creatively about lighting design and if it is difficult to install a ceiling light, leave it out.

3. Install Effective Task Lighting

Whether your kitchen is large or small you need to illuminate the areas you use to chop vegetables, prepare food, and cook. It is important for safety as well as for aesthetics. Mount lights beneath cabinets and above work surfaces, use lights on the extractor fan over the hob, and install lighting within cabinets and drawers.

4. Add Mood Lighting

If you use the kitchen as a dining room then you need softer lighting which is suited to casual or formal dining. Overhead pendant lights are great for over the table, and you can also add wall lights. Dimmable wall lights are particularly effective as you can tailor the light to the circumstances.

5. Feature Lighting Creates an Impression

Highlight the attractive features in the kitchen by adding an accent light. Exposed brick walls, a modern breakfast bar, or a piece of artwork could all be highlighted with spotlights.

6. Be Creative with Lighting to Make a Difference

Different tones of light in different areas of the room create the layered effect that can be adjusted depending on how you are using the room. The kitchen goes from bright and white when you are cleaning to soft and cosy when you are entertaining. The fittings and features you use in the room also help to make the lighting scheme a success. Enhance the effect of light by designing a kitchen with smooth, sleek countertops in natural granite or another smooth natural stone – take a look at the ones available from www.jrstone.co for ideas. Glass or stainless steel also works well to bounce light around the room – essential if you have a space with little natural light.

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