Lighting your Kitchen

Kitchens have always been the heart of the home and since Covid, they've been working even harder as they double up as a home office, bakery, dining room and general all rounder. Inspired by Architectural Digest's 22 of the Best and Brightest kitchens, we started thinking about the role that lighting plays in our kitchens.

Kitchens are very personal - less formal than a dining room and less private than a bedroom, they allow us to showcase our personalities from our food choices to our taste in music. Whether you favour slick contemporary with white marble counter tops or more traditional designs, kitchens really tell us a lot about their owners. And while we all want our most used room to reflect our aesthetic, it also needs to function well and lighting is a key element of this. So how do we decide what types of lighting we should have in our kitchen?

Well, firstly we need to think about the functional aspects of our kitchen - how we use our kitchen from day to day - and then think about the type of lighting that we need to fulfil those functions.

Task Lighting

Task lighting as the term suggests, is used for performing tasks - cooking, cleaning, doing homework - and it needs to be bright in order for us to be able to see properly. In today's kitchens the most common form of task lighting is to have spotlights that sit in the ceiling or under cupboards. Spotlights are small and bright and while they can be fiddly to replace, are great for giving us that bright light overhead. They can create quite a clinical feel on their own so best used over specific work zones in the kitchen. When combined with ambient or decorative lighting you get the best of both worlds.

Decorative Lighting

This is our speciality - lighting that complements the aesthetic and works as a feature in itself, lights a space and helps create an ambience. If your kitchen doubles up as a space for entertaining or relaxing then decorative lighting is flattering and atmospheric and helps to switch (literally) the mood from functional to relaxing. Decorative lighting comes in many forms - ceiling lights, wall lights and floor or table lamps can all be decorative, so if you go back to thinking about the different functions your kitchen performs, this can help determine where you might use decorative lighting. Decorative lighting is the most linked to your personal aesthetic and will tend to tie in with your overall decorative scheme. As decorative lighting is often quite prominent in a room, its important to consider how it will look when switched off and during daylight hours.