Sally Storey gives her top kitchen lighting ideas to make the most of this room which sits at the heart of the home.
Kitchen lighting needs to have the most flexible lighting scheme in the home to reflect the wide range of functions which kitchens are now used for. Kitchen lighting needs to adapt from a bright, general light for the day, especially in dark kitchens as a supplement to daylight, to children’s tea and home work at dusk, to an intimate light for dining in the evening.
My top kitchen lighting idea is to ensure great task lighting. This is key to ensure the best shadow-free light in which to work is provided. Under cupboard lighting is ideal for lighting work surfaces either with LED Under Cupboard Lights.
An alternative way of lighting the work surface below cabinets is to use a linear light source such as the LED Contour strip. This provides a continuous lighting effect which is ideal for today’s contemporary kitchens. Unusual solutions can involve back-lighting a glass splash back which could change colour.
Always light the centre of an island either with recessed downlights or simple decorative pendants so you can see to work by and put these on a separate circuit to you perimeter lights. Often for added impact a pair of Polespring LEDs look good or consider the Square Double LED, as shown here, for a contemporary look.
In a kitchen with high ceilings, look at visually lowering the sense of scale by adding low hanging pendants over the island. This can also help delineate the space in an open plan kitchen. Add Polespring LED downlights in between the pendants to ensure that you have good task lighting on the work surface below.
Also in a high ceilinged kitchen the top of kitchen cabinets can be used for uplighters for general light and this will also reduce the number of downlights required. Consider adding Contour LED HD27 strips above light to reflect light into the space above.
Kitchen lighting offers endless possibilities and to finish it off, think of the control so that your kitchen can, at the touch of a button, change from being a working kitchen to an intimate setting for supper.
The key to any kitchen lighting solution is the design: Forget grids and symmetry and light what is required. Do not be afraid to get a lighting designer to help as getting the lighting wrong will be costly to correct. For details for our lighting design service, click here.