I recently shared John Cullen Lighting‘s best tips and tricks for your living room, and now their founder and interior design lighting expert, Sally Storey, is sharing some more of her lighting secrets – but this time for the kitchen – arguably the most important and most used room of any 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.
Task lighting is key to ensure the best shadow-free light in which to work is provided. Under cupboard lighting is ideal for lighting work surfaces, for example with LED Under Cupboard Lights.
An alternative way of lighting the work surface below cabinets is to use a linear light source such as an LED strip. This provides a continuous lighting effect which is ideal for today’s contemporary kitchens. More 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, but put these on a separate circuit to you perimeter lights.
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 LED downlights in between the pendants to ensure that you have good task lighting on the work surface above.
Also in a high ceiling 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 LED strips above light to reflect light into the space above.
For mood kitchen lighting, something like LED step lights built in the plinth of the central island will light the floor or if on legs, consider LED strip underneath so that it will appear to float.
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.
And don’t be afraid to get a lighting designer to help as getting the lighting wrong will be costly to correct!