The Perfect Lighting for Small Kitchens

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the illusion.

It’s no big secret that lighting can have an amazing effect on a room, so if you’re looking to make your slightly smaller than desirable kitchen feel more spacious the right lighting is key. Your greatest ally is natural light. Making the most of natural light whilst also using artificial lighting will illuminate the more shaded areas and provide decorative accents. This will help balance the overall ambient lighting and achieve the illusion of a more sizable space.

layers.

Kitchens are multifunctional in many homes; not only are they for preparing and cooking mealsKitchens are multifunctional in many homes; not only are they for preparing and cooking meals, but they are often the social hub of the home. Layering your lighting will give you more options when setting the mood for whatever occasion. There are 3 types of lighting: task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Task lighting is for the work surfaces in which a more focused light is beneficial. Ambient lighting comes from ceiling lights to provide a diffused glow throughout the room. Accent lighting is for lighting those corners where no natural light can reach and can also be a useful statement piece. , but they are often the social hub of the home. Layering your lighting will give you more options when setting the mood for whatever occasion. There are 3 types of lighting: task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Task lighting is for the work surfaces in which a more focused light is beneficial. Ambient lighting comes from ceiling lights to provide a diffused glow throughout the room. Accent lighting is for lighting those corners where no natural light can reach and can also be a useful statement piece. 

functionality.

Good lighting is essential anywhere knives are being used, the last thing you want is a dimly lit area when chopping your veggies. Use lighting to create functional workspaces around your kitchen. Pendant lighting over a kitchen island is the ideal way to add task lighting that is still aesthetically pleasing. There is a wide range of pendant lighting available to suit any interior style. You can decide between a minimalist pendant to blend seamlessly with the rest of your décor or you can opt for a bold shade to make a statement with your over-island lighting. For example, amber tinted glass industrial style shades. Many ceiling pendant fittings are also adjustable in height so you can get them to the exact level you need them. For over your countertops, under cabinets or for the cupboards above- task lighting is the answer! It is unobtrusive and will illuminate your work surfaces whilst also providing soft lighting around the edges of the room.

ceiling height.

Ambient lighting is the initial thing to consider as this will be your main source of light, providing light for the entire room. When considering your ambient lighting choices, the height of the ceiling plays a key role. You would not want to reduce head space with a low hanging pendant in a room that already has low ceilings. Instead look for a flush, or semi-flush ceiling light that can still make an overhead statement. Alternatively, subtle recessed ceiling lights can provide ambient lighting throughout, yet will not reduce head space at all and can be placed wherever you need along the ceiling. Supposing that you have a small kitchen with high ceilings… try using decorative ceiling lights to help provide balance and a feeling of symmetry. For instance, a 3-way bar ceiling pendant, or alternatively a chandelier, to provide a bolder statement and grab the attention of the room.

set the mood.

Through layering the lighting in the room, you can easily set the mood for any occasion. A dimmer switch is highly recommended so you can focus on the balance between natural and artificial light. For example, you can brighten a room when there are high levels of activity, such as entertaining guests. But you can also lower the lighting when you are just sneaking in for that midnight snack! The colour temperature is also key, cool white bulbs are more applicable with task lighting whereas warm white bulbs would be more suitable for overhead lighting.

SEE YOUR KITCHEN IN A NEW LIGHT