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Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Kitchen lighting is not only functional and necessary, it can also create ambiance for a bold design statement. The correct lighting can make you feel calm and relaxed. Harsh lighting can make you feel uncomfortable, uneasy and unnerved. Lighting can be a relatively inexpensive way to change the entire dynamics of your kitchen space, dramatically changing your kitchen design. Use a combination of decorative and task lighting or choose a statement piece to ensure your kitchen lighting is both impressive and practical.


Decorative and Task Lighting

Task lighting is essential in your kitchen. Many new homes have down lights in the ceiling to flood the kitchen with practical light. LED down lights are a good choice as they are energy efficient, and last longer than halogen lights. LED’s are also  a popular choice for under-mounted wall cabinetry lighting. They don’t overheat the cabinet above, and can come as strip lighting or down lights. Fluorescent lighting is ideal for the kitchen as it is flat and doesn’t throw any shadows, but beware as many fluorescents are a cool light and can be rather harsh. If you opt for fluorescent lighting, make sure to opt for a warm bulb.

Decorative lighting embellishes your kitchen space, giving it personality and flair. Though beautiful, decorative lighting can be practical, too. Pendant lighting, for example, can be directional, highlighting a specific areasuch as an island benchtop at the same time it is used to create ambiance. To create a soft and ethereal atmosphere whilst entertaining, turn off the the main lights and use the subtle light from your feature lighting. A combination of task and decorative lighting is ideal in your new kitchen design.

The lighting in this kitchen uses a combination of decorative and task lighting. Down lights, canopy and pendant lighting intertwine to make this kitchen a functional and beautiful space. The high ceilings allow the pendants to drop low over the table.

Feature lighting creates mood, and turns your kitchen into a powerful design statement.


Natural Light

If you have the flexibility to do so, incorporating natural light into your design makes the space feel clean and open. If you plan to resell, many prospective buyers will view your property during the day. People are drawn to a light, open and airy kitchen, so keep this in mind!

Natural light is abundant in this kitchen, keeping the space open and fresh. The pendant lighting adds a focal point to the kitchen — its vertical element gives the kitchen structure and draws our eyes through the space.

If your kitchen doesn’t receive much natural light, think about adding a skylight.


Choose a Statement Piece

Natural light is abundant in this kitchen, keeping the space open and fresh. The pendant lighting adds a focal point to the kitchen — its vertical element gives the kitchen structure and draws our eyes through the space.

A modern chandelier is sure to attract attention. The horizontal element elongates this kitchen space. This lighting is delicate and fragile, but makes a bold statement.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

An over-the-top chandelier may not be to everyone’s taste, but many would find such a gesture impressive and opulent. A grand chandelier needs high ceilings, but it’s possible to achieve a similar look on a smaller scale too.


Play with a Dropped Ceiling

A dropped ceiling often defines and separates living spaces. Lighting in a dropped ceiling can have backlit or exposed lighting.

Here the lighting is minimal and streamlined. The whole area becomes elegantly illuminated by lights set into the dropped ceiling. This simple, understated approach to lighting and design is appreciated by the modern at heart.


Stick to Your Budget

It is easy to get carried away with glamorous and expensive options for your lighting. Remember your end goal and stick to your budget.

Here the lighting is minimal and streamlined. The whole area becomes elegantly illuminated by lights set into the dropped ceiling. This simple, understated approach to lighting and design is appreciated by the modern at heart.


Kitchen lighting can change the entire dynamics of your kitchen space. Getting your kitchen lighting right can make your space appealing, warm and interesting. Use a combination of task and decorative lighting to achieve amazing results.

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