So, you’re renovating your home and you’re starting with the most important room, the kitchen. Now, we may not be experts on kitchen design, but we can certainly offer some fantastic advice on your lighting choices. And we’re not just talking about what lights you should go for either. Where you place your lighting can have a huge impact on the finished look of the room. With this in mind, we have a handy guide to help you think about where you could add more kitchen lighting!
Okay, this is mostly for those with a quirky home, but if you happen to have a cathedral style ceiling (triangular), you may be able to get away with a simple skylight and let the sun bring light into the room. However, if this isn’t for you, or you’d like additional lighting for when the sun goes down, long pendant lights can really help keep the room luminous. However, many you choose will come down to the size of the room, but you will likely need no more than three.
Working with an open plan? Not to worry, you can still add light wherever you may need. A feature-light above the dining table will help highlight it, but what about when you have guests over? Consider setting the mood with dimmer lights, sconce lighting, and perhaps even a chandelier if you prefer to create a fine dining experience for your guests.
For those with a small kitchen, open shelving is a very common choice. It’s also a great option for those who choose to display their dinnerware as though they were decoration. To highlight this, and to make the room even brighter, spotlighting is a wonderful option. It makes the room feel light and airy while drawing eyes to your beautifully chosen dinnerware. This is an equally great option for cabinets with glass doors.
Similar to spotlighting for your open shelving, spotlights under your cabinets make wonderful task lighting. This option would be ideal for almost any kitchen, as it allows you to stay focused on whatever you may be doing on the counter, such as chopping or baking. If you don’t choose spotlights, LED strips are also a popular choice.
A kitchen island serves a wonderful range of purposes, from a cooking station to a social area or breakfast bar. But what would be the best lighting? This would normally come down to what you specifically want your kitchen island to do. If you intend to use it specifically for socialising, pendant lighting may be your best option. If you have a hanging cabinet above your island, you may wish to consider spotlighting.
Talk to the experts
Did this help you think about different areas for lighting in your kitchen? If you think you may have a better idea of what you want, but still need help making a final decision, then we can help. At ABM electrical, we provide an extensive catalogue of lighting options that are stylish, practical and can complement any room. To find out more, get in touch!