The Installation Centre team are not lighting experts, but we’ve been installing kitchens for over a decade and we have seen every kind of lighting imaginable, so we thought we should share what we’ve learned.
Lighting in a kitchen, especially a dining kitchen, has to perform a lot of functions – from helping you prepare a meal (aka task lighting), to setting the ambience when you are entertaining guests (aka ambient lighting). So, what clever ways can you light your kitchen that are flexible, stylish, and keep everything as visible as possible.
1. Layered Lighting
Layered lighting is when you combine three main types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting provides overall illumination, while task lighting focuses on specific work areas like countertops and sinks, and accent lighting highlights architectural features or decorative elements. If you include all three, with independent controls, you can have complete control over your room.
2. Under-Cabinet Lighting
A classic way to illuminate your countertops and workspace is with under-cabinet lighting. By adding LED strip lights beneath upper cabinets you can reduce shadows and provide direct task lighting while preparing meals. It’s also a good option for the evening hours when overhead lighting may feel too harsh. You can also install lights under your countertops, or at floor level to add interest and make a room feel modern and bright.
3. Statement Pendant Lights
Pendants lights are a brilliant way to make a statement and work well above your kitchen island or dining area. They are also a great choice as they come in an endless range of shapes, sizes, and finishes so you can find the perfect one to complement your kitchen’s style, whether it’s modern, rustic, or traditional.
Spotlights, also known as recessed lighting or downlights, offer an unobtrusive lighting solution and can be installed strategically throughout the kitchen to provide overall illumination without taking up headspace.
5. Skylights and Windows
Natural light is the best option for daytime, and you can maximise it in your kitchen by incorporating skylights or making existing windows larger. We have added windows into walls, and expanded existing windows and we promise that it’s not as intrusive as you think it’s going to be. Natural light not only brightens the space but also creates a sense of openness and connection to the outdoors, making the most of the views around you.
If you are ready to create the kitchen of your dreams, get in touch with The Installation Centre today and arrange your free home visit.