Five steps to perfect kitchen lighting

Pendant lighting

How you light up your room is a crucial part of getting your space right. After all, your space is not just used for slaving away and cooking a Sunday roast. So, if you want it to be somewhere you can entertain, as well as relax at the flick of a switch, here you’ll discover ways to experiment with your kitchen lighting…


Task lighting
Let’s face it, who ever thought cooking in the dark was a good idea – nobody. However, this type of kitchen lighting will give you just the right amount to cook and prep. Set underneath your wall cupboards or shelving, create warmth with articulated wall lights, or spotlights that can reflect onto the worktop.
Spotlight and accent kitchen lighting

This scheme uses a mix of spotlights, plinth and accent lighting, and a feature pendant above the dining table. Price on application, it’s available from John Cullen Lighting.


Overhead lighting
Spotlights would be the obvious option here, however if you have a high ceiling why not choose track lighting or supplement the space with lights at the top of the cabinet directed towards the ceiling. Instead of putting in a standard grid, think about accent lighting and directional spots to help you see inside your larder cupboard or highlight a key feature, such as above your kitchen island.
Above cabinet kitchen lights

Use the space above your head by installing lights at the top of the cabinet directed towards the ceiling for ambience. This blue shaker kitchen, from Harvey Jones starts from £20,000.


Mood lighting
If you’re having a dinner party, or romantic evening with your other half, get the mood right with some atmospheric lighting. Great for when you’re not cooking away, they’re ideal for relaxing and winding down after a long day. You could place LED strips below worktops and shelves around the units, plinth and cornice lights, such as splashbacks and around a dropped ceiling. For a spot of fun, and to impress your guests, go for colour changing designs and dimming for mood lighting so you can set the perfect ambience – whether you’re entertaining, relaxing or reading.
LED lighting

By placing LED strips below worktops and shelves around the units can be used to highlight key features such as an island. Kitchens start from £25,000. Life Kitchens.


Internal lights
For an added wow factor, set lighting within your units, or larder cupboard so that you can switch on with sensors when they are opened to help you see the contents inside. They can also be used to highlight a display or act as mood lighting if they’re within glass-fronted cupboards.
Larder cupboard lighting

Light up your larder cupboard to help you see the contents inside. Kingswood kitchen pantry as part of a kitchen by Brayer Design. Kitchens start from £20,000, Brayer Design.


Decorative lighting
An island, with pendant lighting above is my idea of a dream kitchen. Not only does it provide you with a beautiful feature, it can also be used to highlight key areas. For example, create soft lighting for dining by placing them above your table or breakfast bar. Look out for rise-and-fall options that can be raised out of the way for extra versatility.
Kitchen pendant lighting

This kitchen features a row of simple, but stylish pendants above the statement island. Horizontal pendants, £225, Original BTC.

Who knows, with the perfect combination, you may never need the Big Light again.

Featured image: Create a statement by hanging a feature light above your island to create a focal point in your kitchen. The Villa Lumi Stewart ceiling light is priced at £1755. It’s available from Houseology. 

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