Using lighting in a kitchen to zone areas and to create the right ambience is integral when planning a new space. 

grey kitchen scheme with bar lighting - 4 different ways to use lighting in your kitchen design - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Day True

Executing a kitchen design as part of a self-build is an important process as, in the modern property, it will inevitably be the heart of the home.

Lighting has a key part to play in a kitchen design, from being used to zone areas to creating the right atmosphere and implementing the right task lighting for cooking and cleaning. 

Highlight a design feature

industrial bulb pendant light - 4 different ways to use lighting in your kitchen design - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: J. Adams & Co  

Bring attention to a particular design feature of a kitchen such as an island or dedicated seating area with statement lighting. Using diffused lighting offers a soft glow that instantly creates a mood and atmosphere, which is perfect for a cosy night in and entertaining with friends and family.

Consider wall lighting 

modern kitchen with wall lights over sink - grand designs - home improvements 

Image: Day True

Wall lights can often be overlooked for a kitchen design, but where modern design trends see less wall-mounted kitchen cabinetry, wall lights offer a more design-led alternative to downlighters for offering task lighting for your space. Take inspiration from this Day True kitchen design and use wall lights to task-light a work space, for example. 

Reposition pendant lights

pendant lights above worktops -  4 different ways to use lighting in your kitchen design - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Astro Lighting

Pendant lighting adds drama to any space and it can be used in many new and exciting ways. In this kitchen, Astro Lighting pendants have been placed above a worktop in place of wall units. This would work for kitchen designs that want to highlight a certain area, for example a sink area or coffee station, offering an interesting look and added task lighting functionality.  

Look up 

pink and green kitchen design -  4 different ways to use lighting in your kitchen design - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Wren Kitchens

Strip lighting under cabinetry has been popular for a long time, however for a contemporary twist, try up-lighting instead. Bring a sense of drama and draw attention to a statement splashback with upward facing lights or highlight a particular area above your worktop, for example a hob, to zone off a cooking space.

  

Are you in the midst of a kitchen renovation? Let us know by tweeting us @granddesigns or posting a comment on our Facebook page

 

RELATED ARTICLES

A guide to choosing your kitchen worktop

Electrical safety: what you need to know when renovating a kitchen

How to manage your self-build during the coronavirus crisis

Kevins Column

Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
visit-award-winning-grand-designs-live-hosted-by-kevin-mccloud
 
 
bee-home-design-software
Home Improvements

Design your own architectural Bee Home for the garden

Try this clever software to design and fabricate your own architectural bee habitat for the garden.
how-to-create-a-broken-plan-kitchen-scheme
Home Improvements

How to create a broken-plan kitchen scheme

Brokenplan kitchens take the benefits of openplan, but use dividing design tricks to create functional, comfortable spaces.
formal-living-room-design-ideas
Home Improvements

6 creative design ideas for formal living rooms

Design a formal living room as part of a self-build to separate family time from more formal occasions.
lighting-design-ideas-for-kitchens
Home Improvements

4 ideas for using lighting in your kitchen design

These interesting design ideas for the kitchen using lighting can create the right ambience and offer useful task lighting.
colourful-bathroom-design-ideas
Home Improvements

5 modern bathrooms that embrace colour

These real bathrooms eschew traditional white for colourful styles that spark energy and joy.
rise-design-stuido-garden-bunker
Home Improvements

Inside a steel-clad garden bunker that weathers with the seasons

This jaunty garden room has been clad in steel that ages as it weathers for a unique look.