Lighting has the power to instantly upgrade the mood and ambiance of any space, so it’s just as important as selecting paint colours. It should also be considered in the planning stages because permanent fixtures are costly to amend later in the process. But with so many options available, what should you consider?
The kitchen plays host to the bustle of day-to-day life – from preparing breakfast to entertaining guests – and this creates different demands for lighting. Food preparation zones require task lighting, which are the brightest lights designed to target main working areas such as worktops, cooker and sink. This can vary from under-cupboard LED striplighting to flush-fitting ceiling lights with directional spots. You can also introduce dimmers as a way to control the mood of the space.
When it comes to entertaining, the lighting takes on a new role. It has a functional use but will also provide much-needed atmosphere. Pendant lighting is an effective way to achieve ambiance, either over the dining table or hung above a central island. However, there are other ways to introduce accent lighting, for example on the floor or under the rim of your worktop.
Last but certainly not least, we cannot underestimate the power of natural lighting. Introducing bi-folding doors or a skylight will transform your space immeasurably.
To assist further, we have compiled a shortlist of statement pendant light options:
- The Asteroid Christopher Wray (£625), featured above, is a great example of adding impact with statement lighting. The futuristic style is great for contemporary kitchens and the pieces are available as pendants, wall lights or floor lamps in copper, chrome and matte white finishes.
- ‘Bringing the outside in’ can extend to lighting with this Lamp with Plant-holder from Amara (£85). The innovative design features an exposed light with the addition of a succulent/plant and the simplicity of the black and chrome boasts all qualities of Scandinavian design. Consider planting herbs and spices in here to hang above a worktop to enable accessibility and functionality.
- The Workshop Ceiling Light from Rockett St George (£49.96) is understated, yet elegant. The industrial trend is enjoying a renaissance at the moment and fixtures like this are wonderfully contemporary. We recommend using this light as the main feature of a dining area.
- Indulge in decadence with a statement chandelier. The Carousel design by Lee Broom (£3,260) is inspired by a merry-go-round ride and was a highlight at Milan Design Week 2017. It oozes sophistication with its chrome gold cylinders.
- And finally, Vitamin's Knot Lamps (£160) are a great addition to a sophisticated bar or dining area. These lamps worked perfectly in an illuminating pendant cluster in our Linear Edge kitchen design.
Visit your local Harvey Jones showroom to view a range of different lighting displays and to discuss the many kitchen lighting solutions we offer.
- Top Tips
- Pendant lighting is an effective way to achieve ambiance.
- Be creative with plinth lighting - add coloured lights into the mix for an effective contrast against white cabinets.
- Don't underestimate the power of natural lighting.