Light up, Light up

yellow pendants

With the kitchen often being the hub of the household, good lighting is a necessity. Not only does it aid with food preparation, but can lighten the mood and create atmosphere. It also gives you an outlet to add character and be creative. We have a large open plan kitchen/diner and are hoping to make the whole space more bright and open. We’ve long been unhappy with the lighting in this part of the house, as there is just not enough light especially on dark winters evenings. This means the space doesn’t get used as much as it should and is definitely not fulfilling it’s potential. So we’ve set about trying to decide how to change it for the better.

First up, we’ve decided to try and add as much natural light as we can. By removing the ceiling in the dining room we will expose the loft space above and add in two skylights. This room is north facing and although we have a set of french doors looking out onto the garden, we would gain valuable extra light through the roof. We’re hoping this will make a huge difference to the feel of the room, as at the moment it’s very dark and uninviting and the only light fitting is a dim side light. We also hope to add some down lights into the sloped roof. Heating the space is another issue and hopefully if we choose well insulated glass and replace the current radiator for a larger one, we won’t lose too much heat.

Being a functional space, kitchens are often fitted out with down lights. This makes sense as its a simple but effective way of lighting the space and has a minimal look. There is also a growing trend for pendant lighting in the kitchen, which can help add style and interest. Pendants are frequently fitted above kitchen islands or breakfast bars to make a feature. I would like to try and utilise both these types of lighting in our space if we can. Currently we have a set of Led down lights with brass effect surround in an L shape above the sink and cooker, a central ceiling pendant and 2 side lights. I am not keen on the brass effect lights and feel they don’t tie in with the rest of the kitchen, especially as we’re looking to modernise. I also feel the pendant light and side lights are a bit dated and not the most efficient way to light the space, so we need to come up with a new configuration. Due to the large ceiling space in the kitchen we will probably use some down lights, but would like to make a bit more of a feature of the back wall, which we hope to wallpaper. I’ve found a few images that have given me inspiration, explained below …

Pendants with a splash of colour – love the orange!


Making good use of natural light, with some added downlights


Retro pendants


Funky teardrop pendants


Mix of pendants, skylights and downlights


Industrial style with glass


Useful under shelf lighting


Bar with mid century pendants


Do you have a particular type of kitchen lighting you love?

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