The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Lighting

Any kitchen is incomplete without the right lighting to illuminate the impeccable design. What’s more important than just lighting up the kitchen is using the appropriate lighting to ensure functionality, safety and a touch of ambiance. Here are some tips to go along with picking the right lights for your kitchen space:

1. Layer Your Lighting

Layered lighting is when you use multiple sources to illuminate a space instead of relying on just a single source of light. Increased visibility and reduced eye strain are obvious benefits. Even aesthetically, it adds depth and dimension to a space. In a kitchen, here’s how you can do it: 

Ambient lighting sets the overall brightness and bathes the space in warm glow. Consider recessed or track lights or even chandeliers for a touch of elegance.

Under cabinet lighting is the perfect example of task lighting. It focuses on specific areas of work, in this case the countertops and provides ample visibility for prepping and cooking.

Accent lighting adds personality and highlights specific areas. Think pendants over the island, profile lights in cabinets or under the base cabinets. 

2. Embrace the Power of Dimmers

Dimmers are a versatile tool to have in the kitchen, giving you manual control over the ambiance. You can crank up lights for detailed tasks or dim them to create a cosy atmosphere during dinner parties. Consider these a worthwhile investment, not only for kitchens, but in key areas around the house. 

3. Maximise Natural Light

Nothing beats a sun-kissed kitchen! Maximise natural light by keeping windows uncovered and opting for light-coloured window treatments. Reflective surfaces like mirrors, glossy cabinets and metal accents help amplify the natural light. Choose lighter colours for that open and airy feel.

4. LED is Your Friend

LED lights are in! They are efficient, last longer and offer a variety of colours and temperatures. Opt for warm white LEDs for a cosy feel and cool white LEDs for task areas like under-cabinet lighting. You can also opt for colour changing ones to create the ambience you want. They will greatly reduce power consumption in the long run and give the aesthetic that you’re looking for!

5. Accents To Highlight Focal Points

Accent lighting is a great way to add drama and personality to any space. It can draw attention to specific features in your kitchen. Opt for under-cabinet lights to highlight a beautiful backsplash or pendant lights to showcase a statement island.

6. Spotlight Your Style 

Want to have a statement piece in your kitchen? Choose pieces that would complement the overall design style of the kitchen. A grand chandelier for a glam kitchen, brass or black pendants for an industrial look, wicker sconces in a coastal-inspired kitchen.

How Can Arrivae Help?

Ready to take your kitchen design to the next level? We offer a free design consultation where our expert designers will help you from initial ideation, personalised designs, material selection and all the way till execution. 

Looking for more home design and decor tips? Head to our blog!

0 0 votes
Article Rating

Edited by Relin Hedly

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments