What is the best lighting for your kitchen?

16 April 2022

“Your choice of kitchen lighting ideas is often a secondary subject but with the right advice, it can make or break your design.”

There are different requirements for kitchen lighting, compared to other rooms in your home. A balancing act between the pretty and the practical is where a kitchen lighting scheme can truly succeed or fail.

Choice of lighting might initially seem like an ‘afterthought’ – something to add-in at the final stage. At Brampton Interiors, we believe that lighting should be planned into a room at the earliest stages in order to get the function and feeling right.

The First Step

With this in mind, we advise you to begin by observing your kitchen’s natural light and its limitations. Then, you can assess whether you’d like to construct new avenues for natural light to flood your space, or whether to opt for artificial light during the daytime too.

Here are some simple lighting tips to consider for your kitchen…

1. Vaulted Ceilings

Kitchens with vaulted ceilings deserve a lighting design that flatters and accentuates this feature. There may be a greater reliance on low-level and suspended lighting for these spaces and we would generally avoid recessed lighting.

Up lighting a feature roof is another tactic to accentuate height and ensures its character can be appreciated during darker hours too.

2. Directional and Recessed Downlighting

Trimless downlights offer a sleeker finish to the kitchen ceiling, where traditional downlights can cause visual clutter when used in abundance. However, the nature of the plastered-over style means that the downlighter itself is recessed into the ceiling to some degree.

You should also consider where, or whether at all, you incorporate directional downlights. Most styles of directional downlighter are adjustable. This allows for directional light which may work well to increase task lighting or for accent lighting on walls and kitchen units.

3. Pendant lighting

Kitchen pendant lighting ideas come in all shapes and sizes, and should always be relative to the scale and functionality of the space you are working in.

Transparent fixtures, such as glass globes or wired drums are great for small kitchens, while linear and minimalist designs are good for a sleek look if the light has an interesting backdrop. Heavier or larger fixtures might be the right choice if the space is larger and if there is opportunity to see them from different perspectives.

4. Concealed LED Strip Lighting

If you’re looking to make your kitchen warmer, or more vibrant, you could factor concealed LED strip lighting into your design. If your kitchen has a row of wall cabinets, these could be installed either the under or above the cabinets.

Besides the wall cabinets, another idea is to install LED lighting in the floor wells, echoing the lights at the wall compartments. Whether warm, bright, or romantic, you can adjust the lighting to fit the mood of your kichen, which is very convenient.

Find out more about Brampton Interiors design journeys by following us on Instagram, Facebook, or browsing through our Gallery of recently completed kitchens in St Albans, Harpenden and beyond!

If you’d like to explore more options for kitchen lighting, pop in to our St Albans showroom to view a wide range of traditional and modern working displays.

See also: How many pendants should you use in a kitchen?