What would you say is the most important design choice in your kitchen? The colour-scheme? The flooring? The appliances? While all of those aspects are very important in creating your ideal space, there’s one element that can either be the perfect finishing touch, or cast a bad shadow over everything you’ve worked on: Your kitchen lighting. (Definitely not obvious by the title of this blog).
The right lighting scheme has the power to vastly enhance your design as well as highlight all the best features. With kitchens being pretty much the social heart of the home these days, the lighting you pick has to be versatile enough to brighten a number of situations.
Whether you need to lighten a shadowed area, compensate for a lack of sunlight or spotlight something, you have to make sure you’re choosing the right fixtures… and that’s why we’re here.
Read on to find out all about choosing your perfect kitchen lighting.
If you aren’t sure about the different types of kitchen lighting, we’ll give you the quick rundown now.
Mood Lighting: This is basically what it says on the tin. Rather than being a simple bright light, mood lighting is often achieved with angled lamps or by lights that come with a dimming function. If people are going to be socialising with a glass of wine of an evening, you’re going to want a much softer light to create a less intense atmosphere.
Task Lighting: Again, the name says it all. These will be the brightest lights in your kitchen focussing on areas where the most work will be happening i.e food prep areas, the sink, the hob etc.
Accent Lighting: If you’re looking for a fun focal point in your design, then you can’t go wrong with a fun accent light. This could be some flood or shelving lights that highlight a certain feature or object in your design, or just a fun quirky light that you picked up for a talking point when people are over.
LEDs: More and more people are investing in LEDs for convenient extra lighting these days. Easily installed under cabinets and other areas, they’re a great and simple as part of both task and accent lighting.
Planning The Right Light
Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and there are different light fixtures to compliment each of them. The first thing you need to do is consider what will be happening in the different areas of your kitchen.
If you’re going to be preparing a lot of food on an island, make sure there is sufficient lighting overhead. If you prefer to chop on the side, then LED spotlights or cabinet lights could be a great choice for you. Anywhere that food will be prepared will need bright lighting, whereas more social areas where people might gather and chat would call for softer, more accented lighting which would set a more relaxing mood.
Also consider how much natural light your kitchen gets throughout the day. If it’s small and shady, you’d be surprised what a light white shade of paint and some bright lamps can do for opening up your space.
You should also consider how easily you’d like to be able to control the lighting in your kitchen. We live in 2018, so we’re well past the standard ON/OFF switch.
Dimmer switches are fairly common places but are great for creating better mood lighting or just dimming the lights of an evening so they aren’t too harsh on your eyes. If you want to go all the way, plenty of lighting systems today are compatible with smartphones and tablets, allowing you to control your light with just the touch of a button as well as creating pre-set lighting patterns that come on automatically.
Bold Designer Fixtures– Don’t be afraid to be bold with your kitchen lighting. While under cabinets LEDs and standard ceiling lights can look wonderful, there’s nothing stopping you adding some bright and bold lampshades hanging form the ceiling. Great as a centrepiece or a bold accent in your design.
Be careful with shadows– If there’s one thing that can make a room look small and uninviting, it’s shadows. While you may think overhead lighting will solve that problem, remember that objects and even your body can cast shadows, so make sure there’s sufficient lighting all over, especially in areas where you’ll be preparing food.
Pendants in threes– Hanging pendants can look great in a number of designs, but make sure you follow the golden rule: Hang them in threes. Whether over a bar, a table or an island, three pendant lights can look great. Just make sure you hang them at the right height to avoid anyone smacking their head.
Inspired to invest in some better kitchen lighting? Whether its clever cabinet lights, led spotlights, pendant lights or ceiling lights we can help you find your perfect fit. Make sure to have a look at our designs page if you need more kitchen inspiration, or have a read through the rest of our blog for more helpful insights. Our customer’s reviews are pretty amazing too so pop over to Roman Kitchens and let us design your dream kitchen.