24 May Make Light Work – Ideas for Kitchen Lighting
Great kitchen lighting is a key element of any kitchen design. It enhances the overall interior and the design-savvy really understand its importance. Roundhouse kitchen designers visit all the top trade fairs to keep abreast of all the latest lighting trends. They use their years of experience in planning bespoke kitchens to help integrate kitchen lighting into their beautiful kitchen schemes. Here they share their ideas to make light work in your Roundhouse kitchen.
What’s available in kitchen lighting?
Simply put, there’s a great deal of choice. From fully integrated lighting solutions, Bluetooth or app-controlled systems, to gorgeous decorative pendants. Kitchen lighting is emerging from its regular place under kitchen wall cabinets to make a dramatic statement.
For discreet even lighting the latest LED linear strip lights are hard to beat. They provide strong task lighting and through developments in technology, can be dimmed to produce a smooth, even continuous strip of light, even at low levels. This avoids the ‘spotting’ of light that previous LED strips produced. Versatile and stylish LED linear strips can be used to add drama or accents. Try them under a breakfast bar for example, or on top/underneath wall cabinets.
The latest lighting control systems allow operation of the light in many areas at the same time. Controlled independently or in multiple zones concurrently, these systems can create the perfect lighting ambience in each location.
Colour temperature changing lighting creates drama in a luxury kitchen design. It works particularly well in open plan kitchens, from warm colours to very cool, it can be controlled via Bluetooth or an app.
Pendant lighting over a kitchen island is both attractive and practical. There is a huge range available, from minimal discreet designs, to statement lights that create a focal point in a made to measure kitchen.
Trends in kitchen lighting
Statement lighting is much in evidence with many minimalistic pendants on show at the recent trend-setting Milan Furniture Fair. Our kitchen designers picked up on an urban edgy, industrial look in accessories and accents. They also noted wall lights resembling angled desk top lighting in copper and blackened steel.
It’s not just about the kitchen lights
Of course, planning kitchen lighting is key to ensuring that the right light is in the right place. However, it’s not all about the actual electric lights. Blinds and windows play a huge role in how light enters the space.
“Natural light is huge asset to any kitchen but it needs to be controlled properly.” Says Chris Lapthorne of Luxaflex, a brand that specialises in premium window coverings. Luxaflex use many hi tech and traditional materials with a vast range of controls including an app. “Too much can make a room uncomfortably hot and bright, and too little can make a room lifeless.” The key, he says, is start with an honest appraisal. “Low light in the day from a North facing window? Choose a fabric that can draw and disperse extra light in the room. Window lights fresh light in morning but aggressive by noon? Choose chic brass narrow brass metal venetians, or a fabric blind with vanes that can be adjusted incrementally to reach your desired light level minus the glare”.
The window wall
Another great idea is to think of blinds is as a blank design screen. Large windows can work as a ‘wall’. Use them as a chance to use a finish and fabric to contrast to or extend your kitchen materials. You can also use them to change the mood. Using smart home technology you can time window coverings to close in time with your low lighting coming on, and your oven starting supper. You can come home to a warm welcome even if you live alone.
Kitchen lighting, like every other aspect of kitchen design is constantly evolving. Whatever type is chosen, it should fit seamlessly into the scheme, provide excellent task lighting and generally enhance the space.
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Roundhouse kitchen designer, Sam Hart says,
“Lighting is a crucial element in the final design of any kitchen. LED spot lighting is the go-to choice for an overall lighting scheme. Statement pendant lights over a kitchen island area a hugely popular form of task lighting. Used judiciously plinth lighting and LED lighting strips are a great way to introduce colour, drama, atmosphere and also a bit of fun into the kitchen.”
Our expert kitchen designers can help you make the best choices for your Roundhouse bespoke kitchen. Visit any of our six showrooms; Wigmore St, Clapham, Fulham, Richmond, Guildford & Cheltenham and get planning!
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