Like anything in life, your kitchen requires the right balance between lighting and décor to get it looking and feeling as perfect as it possibly can. The kitchen is often the hub of the home and many hours are spent meal prepping, cooking, doing grocery lists, helping kids with the homework and drinking wine with your best friend.
That’s why it’s so important that you choose the right light for your kitchen. Here is a handy guide put together by our design experts on how to get your kitchen lighting just right:
The three types of lights
As with any room in your home, you shouldn’t just stick to one type of lighting and rather use a combination of different lighting types and styles to get the best overall effect. The three best kinds of lighting for your kitchen that you should know about are ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.
- Ambient lighting
Ambient lighting is the main source of lighting in your kitchen and could be an extra addition to natural window light, or a fill-in if you don’t have any natural light to rely on. Ambient lighting works best when it is cast evenly over the room from your ceiling and this means that you can use a combination of lighting styles like chandeliers and flush or semi-flush pendant lights and mounts.
- Task lighting
As already mentioned, task lighting is the main source of light in your kitchen, however, it isn’t going to be able to reach every nook and cranny in the room and, as such, it’s doing to leave shadows and dark areas that you are going to want to adorn with lighting.
Task lighting helps you to illuminate the areas that your ambient lighting doesn’t reach; this ensures that your countertops and cabinets are sufficiently lit to safely prepare food, read recipes and do homework. Strip lighting and puck lights are two of the most common choices when it comes to task lighting in kitchens.
- Accent lighting
Accent lighting is the crème de la crème of kitchen lighting; while some people may see it as an unnecessary addition, most people know that accent lighting is absolutely essential. Accent lighting includes fixtures like kick lights and cabinet lights that are used for the sole purpose of making the most beautiful and unique parts of your kitchen stand out.
The Most Important Areas to Light in Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is comprised of a few very important areas and you need to make sure that the following spaces are illuminated in the right way and style to accentuate their features:
- Your island: Your kitchen island really is where all the action happens; whether that’s as an integrated cooktop space or if it’s more of a chopping and hanging out area – you’re going to want to ensure that you light it correctly.
If you have an island that is used predominantly for cooking, cutting or reading recipes, then something like hanging lights of down lighting is going to look great. If you have a more of a counter seating space or socialising island, then look at lighting fixtures such as pendants.
- Under-cabinet lighting: Lighting your cabinets correctly is way more important than many people believe it to be. Ambient lighting is great for an overall light throughout the kitchen but it can leave dark shadows under cabinets and under-cabinet lighting is used to rectify this and give the space the illumination it needs.
Task lighting can be used for these spaces to ensure that you can read your recipes, see your ingredients, find your spices and much more.
- Ceiling lighting: Lighting your ceiling well can make a huge difference when it comes to how big your kitchen looks. Uneven lighting often causes rooms to look small; use recessed lighting or other lighting options to ensure your ceiling is evenly and properly lit for the look you want to achieve in your kitchen.
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