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