Want a kitchen makeover, but don’t know where to start?
The amazing fact is, you could achieve a total remodel without ever moving a thing … apart from the lighting.
Whether you want to illuminate the dark spots or make your small cramped kitchen look larger, the key to achieving all this and more is simply to change the lighting.
AREA LIGHTING FOR OPEN PLAN SPACES
If you have been going for the kitchen diner look or perhaps are embracing the open plan living look and have opened up your kitchen to the lounge, you will definitely need to focus on area lighting.
When one space is a cooking zone, dining room and living area all in one go, it is down to the little things to denote which bit is which.
This can be fairly easily achieved with the correct lighting.
For example, over your kitchen island you might want the illumination of some stylish pendant lighting.
Not only will this type of lighting allow you ample light to see by, but it will draw the eye towards it, thus marking it out from the rest of the kitchen lights.
A little further away and the dining area could be reinforced with some different style of pendant lighting, or possibly some subtle flush lights, against the wall.
This can help set the ambient mood and atmosphere needed for intimate dining.
We would also think about lamps around the dining space. These give a cosy feel to any space.
And over to the work surfaces and prep counter? Well this is where we want the best task lighting possible.
But – we don’t want to blind anyone!
Remember, the effect we want is a layered one. Not one that is going to make anyone need to wear dark glasses inside!
This is where spotlights come in, for focused tasks.
And fortunately, these days, there is a lot more choice than there used to be.
Inbouwspots set exactly the right sort of balance between having enough light to see by and not being glaring.
Today, we wouldn’t be expecting to have grids of these, or other down lights for that matter.
We would advise them being used individually, in ones or twos, for your specific tasks. And helpfully they can be bought easily online if you should want them – led inbouw spots
Ceilings are not the only place for spotlights and although inbouw plafondspots are definitely recommended for your kitchen task lighting, there are other places they can go as well!
One such place is under cabinets. Inbouwspots eyedown could be fixed in there. There is also recessed lighting and inbouw led verlichting this can add significant focus to all your tasks, but still allows an ambient, mellow atmosphere to pervade your kitchen diner area.
And for the relaxation zone, well think that a combination of beautiful dimmable flush and pendant lighting can denote the difference, with panache.
The one thing we would urge you to consider when arranging the lighting in your open plan kitchen area, is to keep the lighting warm, soft and layered. But also, to have plenty of adequate task lighting on hand for all the jobs you will need to do.
Likewise, the layered look can also help make your smaller kitchen look larger.
Dark spots need to be brought into the daylight, with clever up lighting and this on its own will help make a room appear larger.
Feature lighting is another technique to incorporate into any room, but especially the smaller one, which you wish to illuminate.
Remember, the key to kitchen lighting is to banish all traces of darkness, but to layer your approach gradually.