Lighting isn’t always top priority when designing a new kitchen. But getting the lighting wrong can turn the room into a dark dingy space that is difficult to socialise – or cook – in. The right lighting can transform a room, especially when incorporating lighting that is fit for a family living by day, but emits party vibes by night.
Therefore, join bespoke kitchen experts Harvey Jones as they explain why using several sources of lighting can help to create a layered effect that allows you to create the mood for any occasion.
The best way to start is to break up your lighting into categories: task, mood and general.
Task: This lighting is great for those spaces which require more illumination for tasks such as food preparation and cooking. Under cupboard lighting and spots behind the splashbacks contribute to illuminating preparation areas. However, ensure any lighting is flush and easy to clean, especially in those cooking areas.
Mood: This lighting is ideal for those areas where you might want to create different moods or atmospheres, for example when dining, relaxing or having a party. Zone lighting and dimmable switches help to create the perfect vibe for the occasion.
General: This lighting is perfect for the remainder of the room and everyday use. For most kitchens, ceiling lights will create an overall illumination of kitchen space.
When designing your kitchen, it is worth considering how much natural light the space will be exposed to. You can invest in cool or warm LED spot lights to lighten spaces which could be naturally dark. Cool lighting is bright and whiter and perfect for spaces that are lacking in natural light but can feel a little stark, while warm spots provide a gentler light.
Hanging pendants above dining tables or kitchen islands can also create a focal point in the room. They are best hung in odd numbers so that there is always one pendent central to a table or island. To create an eye-catching feature, try hanging the pendants at different heights. One thing to consider though is whether you are likely to change the position of the table – wiring needs to be done in the early stages and you don’t want to have statement lighting hanging over an empty space should you move your furniture.
In addition to spotlights under cupboards, appliances with integral task lighting, such as extractors, are useful here too and can provide additional light above hobs for when you’re cooking.
LED strips under an island of below plinths are worth considering as well, as they will make the cupboards and island appear as though they are floating whilst gently illuminating your floor. They also contribute to any mood lighting, especially if the LED strips are colour changing. If used in moderation, colour changing lights can be an easy way to create a variety of different atmospheres in one space. Use uplighters or strip lights in the gap between wall cabinets and the ceiling to give your room a subtle glow in the evening.