How Lighting Can Transform Your Kitchen.

A kitchen increasingly serves as one of the main entertaining spaces in the home. Lighting, done properly, can completely transform the atmosphere.

How Lighting Can Make A Difference In Your Kitchen.

Get your kitchen glowing from the top down with flush spotlights, hanging pendants, and even chandeliers, for a modern twist on a classic look. Well-placed ceiling lighting can spread light into every corner, for an even, warm feel throughout the kitchen.

Lighting, done properly, can completely transform an atmosphere.

Despite its importance kitchen lighting can sometimes be the last consideration when it comes to designing a space, but for a kitchen to look and function well, every area must be lit properly. We advise, as kitchen experts, that the best time to decide on a new lighting scheme is at the planning stage, as you’re signing off your kitchen drawings. Leave it until later, and it could become an afterthought, with limited possibilities.

It can be extremely tricky to get lighting right.

Although homeowners may want to make some design improvements in their homes, they can be put off by the complexities and technical issues that can sometimes accompany even the most minor improvements. Your home can be well lit, but you may not be getting the maximum impact of your interior lighting. Still, with some cost-effective methods and the right lighting components, interior lighting can make a wide range of noticeable differences in your home design. Are you making the most of your windows? Are there blinds blocking the light? Whilst redesigning your kitchen, is it worth considering a new window to maximise the natural lighting of the space?

We’re into lighting in a big way.

The right lighting can totally transform the space. Helping to make small kitchens feel larger. With levels of brightness dramatically altering its mood and feel. It’s important to invest in a scheme that provides good task lighting, as well as creating the ideal ambience.

A good kitchen lighting system needs at least two elements: bright, shadow-free, task light for safe cooking and preparation. Along with atmospheric illumination to create mood, highlight architectural features and make the room feel less functional.

With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the ways lighting can make a difference in your home.

Save Money

One huge advantage of an interior lighting overhaul is cost savings. After replacing all bulbs with LEDs, it is possible to significantly cut down energy use, which is reflected by lower monthly energy bills. It is easier to integrate LED lights with a smart lighting system, which allows remote controls or scheduled turn on and off settings. LED lights offer significantly long lifespan at around 50,000 hours, so it will be years before you replace LED lights.

Improve Health

Good artificial light designs can help to increase the production of serotonin and suppress melatonin, which contributes to managing seasonal depression. Good accent and spot lightings can help people to see and to read books better. This is beneficial for older people, as their eyesight could start to dwindle as they age. Regardless of your age, however, good lighting can prevent your eyes from working too hard and it’s not necessary to strain to see in darker spots of your home. During the day, it is important to integrate natural lighting for your comfort and physical health. Just be sure your interior lighting solutions work with the natural light you have available throughout the day.

Add Ambience

Too many dim spots and shadows can make your rooms look uncared for and drab. You can add ambience through interior lighting design which can make things more cozy, romantic, or warm. With each fixture and bulb you add, it is possible to enhance the unique personality of your interior.

Lighting positions and styles can make your room look and feel bigger.

Consider playing with colours if you want to achieve great aesthetics. As an example, you can match the colours of carpet and wall with certain light tones. If you have intricate pieces inside the room, they can become focal points if combined with the right lighting. They will be something that enhances the room and sparks conversation. The pendant light’s bigger, bolder, more glamorous cousin, the chandelier, might not be for every space, but in high ceiling kitchens its size and statement are just what’s called for if creating a ‘wow’ factor is what you are trying to achieve.

Create a statement

A series of beautiful pendant lights or a fabulous single statement piece above a dining table or island will help differentiate the dining space from the kitchen’s work zones. Combining feature pendants with spotlights as well as cabinet strip lighting creates layers of light. A centre kitchen island, a run of floor cabinets, even a console table, they can all benefit from the downward glow and vertical interest a pendant brings. This makes a space feel much cosier and will ensure there are no gloomy corners. Styles range from old-school, industrial shapes in shiny, on-trend copper to striking ceramics in translucent hues. Hang pendants low over the table for a feeling of intimacy. Or position them high over kitchen islands. This not only provides a great source of light, it also adds interest, breaking up the austere lines of cabinets.

One pendant looks good, but several grouped together creates real impact, especially in a larger room or over a dining table. Choose the same or similar designs and hang at different heights to form a decorative cluster.

Not all light sources need to be seen; discreet, low-level lighting that washes up walls is a great way to enhance atmosphere and illuminating shelving or under wall cabinets using concealed LEDs provides additional lighting that adds depth to a space.

Highlight features

By using lighting in specific cupboards, it naturally turns them into display cabinets, choosing warm or cool tones in lighting creates mood and atmosphere.

Think about the whole room when considering lighting, floor to ceiling.

Adding profile lighting to the bottom of kitchen cabinets or an island can serve purely to add ambience. But given how creating ambience is a key role of lighting in any room, this style of lighting goes a long way to transform the feel of a kitchen space.

Smart lighting is great in the kitchen, especially if that’s where you spend a lot of time socialising, entertaining or enjoying meals. Create the perfect atmosphere by warming or cooling the bulbs’ temperatures, or turning them up to full brightness for a better view of meal preparation. All it takes it a tap on one of our controllers, or your smartphone via the Home smart app.

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To learn more, contact us today and speak with an interior design professional who can answer any questions you might have.

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