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Modern kitchen lighting ideas – 10 ways to balance task and mood lighting beautifully


Modern kitchen lighting ideas – 10 ways to balance task and mood lighting beautifully

Modern kitchen lighting ideas – 10 ways to balance task and mood lighting beautifully When choosing modern kitchen lighting ideas, it’s tempting to just go for those you like the look of. Yet kitchen lighting has to function well too. Not only do your lights have to be sufficiently bright in areas for prepping and cooking, you need to be able to soften it too, especially if you also use the space for dining. Finding a good balance between task and mood lighting is the key to a successful lighting scheme. ‘All too often kitchen lighting is an afterthought,’ says Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director, Industville. ‘But it should be considered at the initial planning stage. Don’t wait until the cabinetry and appliances are in place. The position of your lights may affect where sockets and cables are situated and it’s much harder to alter these things further down the line.’   Modern kitchen lighting ideas Of course, it’s not just about the lights either. The right bulbs will make a huge difference to their effectiveness to your modern kitchen lighting ideas. ‘If you want to mimic daylight and prefer cooler tones, for instance in a kitchen, bulbs with a higher kelvin value, usually 4000-5000K, work well in spaces that require task lighting,’ says Rohan Blacker, founder, Pooky. 1. Mix pendants and adjustable track lights Image credit: Future PLC / Colin Poole Take into account your ceiling height and any awkward angles or beams when choosing your kitchen lighting ideas. In this case consider a mix of functional track lights and eye-catching pendants. ‘Embracing the full range of lighting sources available from pendants and wall lights to recessed and track lighting will allow you to create a space that is both practical and atmospheric,’ says Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director, Industville.  ‘Hanging pendant lights above an island is a great way to create a statement in your kitchen. Not only are pendant lights attractive, but they also provide functionality for tasks such as reading recipes and food preparation.’ 2. Choose complementary fixtures Image credit: Future PLC / Colin Poole Create cohesion with complementary fixtures from the same ‘design family’ for your ceiling and walls. Choosing the same shape, such as these gorgeous globe lights over the bar and above the dining table, but varying the glass finish adds interest while maintaining continuity in the overall scheme. There are practical benefits in opting for a variety of glass finishes too. ‘For warm, ambient lighting, frosted or opal bulbs are best,’ says Maisie Stocking, Dyke & Dean. ‘The frosted or opal finish on them reduces the glare without reducing the brightness.’ 3. Switch the mood with low hanging pendants Image credit: Future PLC / Neale Smith When planning modern kitchen lighting ideas it’s important to decide the purpose of the space before selecting your lighting and think about the type of illumination you will need all year round. Is it a counter that has to double up as a preparation and social space? If so, you will need task and accent lighting, stylish low hanging pendant lights are a no-brainer for kitchen island lighting ideas, but also include some spot lights alongside. That way it will be bright enough when cooking in the winter, but you’ll be able to switch the mood when the clearing up is done and you want to create a more convivial space. ‘Pendant lighting in the kitchen is a trend that’s here to stay,’ says Peter Legg, Lead Designer, Där Lighting. ‘A row of pendants helps frame the space and designate areas for different purposes, from food prep to social dining, they are a visual curtain.’ 4. Go for dimmable options Image credit: Future Plc / Rachel Smith Spotlights have become increasingly sophisticated. Not only do most now run on LED, which is far more energy-efficient than the old halogen bulbs, the latest are available with a spectrum of dimmable colour temperature options. Some spotlights even include audio, so if you’re a stickler for clear surfaces or hoping to make any small kitchen lighting ideas work extra hard, you can do away with a speaker. ‘Spotlights offer a cleaner, more streamlined lighting solution,’ says Morten Warren, founder of Zuma. ‘The light can be taken from warm to cool (and vice versa) with colour temperatures ranging from 2800k to 4800k, plus 100 increments of dimming, allowing users to adjust the brightness and intensity of their lights incredibly smoothly. We can also combine high-performance lighting with high-fidelity audio into a compact and easy-to-install ceiling downlight.’ 5. Add impact with a colourful statement light Image credit: Future PLC / David Brittain The homes that really know how to plan kitchen lighting well understand that a statement light is a perfect way to create interest in a room, even when the light is switched off. Consider your lighting as a piece of art or sculpture, like a design-led finishing touch. ‘Sculptural and wow-factor lighting is likely to take centre stage with emphasis on oversized designs featuring interesting shapes, texture, or colour to provide a stylish focal point,’ says Marketa Rypacek, Managing Director, Industville. ‘We are seeing a shift toward more sculptural lighting, the use of mixed materials, and more abstract shapes. People are craving individuality in their homes through unique lighting choices. Don’t be afraid to go big. It takes a little bravery, but you can afford to use larger lights than you might think.’ 6. Identify key working areas Image credit: Ledbury Studio A mix of task and accent lighting is the best kitchen lighting layout, but if you’re opting for spotlights, make sure you’re discriminate about where they are placed. ‘Avoid installing downlights or spotlights in a classic grid formation,’ says Charlie Smallbone, founder of Ledbury Studio. ‘Instead, identify the key working areas of your kitchen and make sure they’re well lit. In this kitchen a row of directional downlights is perfectly placed to illuminate the worktop where most of the prep takes place. Note that the downlights are regularly spaced to ensure…

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