Lighting in the Kitchen.

Creating a well-planned kitchen lighting scheme has the power to transform an ordinary kitchen space into a truly warm and inviting environment. In this article we fill you in on all the tips and tricks to getting your kitchen shining bright the first time! Here at Patrick House Group the first thing that comes to mind when we think about lighting in design is to plan ahead. During the kitchen drawing stage, speak to your designer about lighting positions as well as the layers you wish to build. This kitchen is an investment piece in your home you want to ensure that you will love it years on.

          Look at each area of the kitchen plan, think about what activities or routines you will do on a daily basis. For example: cooking, food preparation, cleaning and dining. Each area will require a different lighting from; desk lighting; to mood lighting; as well as accent lighting. If you have guests whilst you cook, you will want them to sit in a softer light so they can relax. Another area to think about is the natural light coming into your kitchen. Whether that be; traditional windows; skylight windows; bifold doors or any other method. Natural light has an abundance of benefits in our living space from our health to our happiness. Since we spend so much time in our kitchens it is important that when designing a kitchen lay out natural light sources are included.

          The next area we will discuss is the three layers to base your kitchen lighting design on. Task lighting refers to the brightest lights, which target the main working areas such as worktops, food preparation areas and sinks. Ambient lighting is soft overhead light which allows for easier navigation around the kitchen. Accent lighting, in between ambient and task lighting in brightness, highlighting architectural features and decorative pieces in your kitchen. A layered approach incorporating all three types brings the right level of lighting for all the needs in the spaces.

      In summary the lighting in your kitchen space is so important to how you experience the environment you are in. Taking time to research into different styles of lighting fixtures. In addition to this when designing the layout of your kitchen with your designer speak to them about your requirements and your vision of how you would like the lighting to be placed and designed. They will discuss with you the best approach to go with for the layout of your space. Look for reference images, taking parts from each design that speaks to you. Through this you will find styles and designers you wish to work with. Social media platforms are an excellent tool in finding retailers and kitchen designers' portfolio of work. We hope you found this article enlightening. For more articles about interiors and kitchens check out our other blogs. As well check out our social media platforms below for more kitchen content!