Efficient lighting is absolutely key in the kitchen – and these latest designs will highlight task areas as well as create an intimate glow for dining
Whatever the size and shape of your kitchen, good lighting is key to its success, both practically and visually. Highlighting work surfaces, the sink, cooker and hob is especially important, as you need to see clearly when preparing and cooking food. Task lighting can be installed above an island or breakfast bar, under shelving or wall cabinets and over the table.
Lead image Ambit Rail for Muuto by TAF Architects - it costs around £469 at a few different UK stockists including Nest, Skandium and Haus London.
Layering your lighting scheme will enable you to combine task lighting with feature lighting to create mood and atmosphere in the rest of the room. ‘Task lighting can be achieved by means of simple, stylish pendants hung low over an island and LED strips on the underside of eye-level cupboards to illuminate the work surface,’ says Simon Wallis-Smith, director of Fritz Fryer.
Below The Unika design by Northern Lighting is available in a grey or transparent version and is priced £199 for a 10.5cm size and £233 for 14cm. Find it at UK stockists such as Nest, The Conran Shop and Holloways of Ludlow.
‘Depending on the size of the kitchen, it is also nice to supplement this with some carefully positioned recessed downlights. Ideally these would be located in front of floor-to-ceiling and eye-level cupboards to create scallops of reflected light. Dimmable fittings and controls, as well as the careful grouping of circuits, will also help to achieve the right cosy mood that you want to encapsulate.’
Below Upton clear glass pendant light cost £140 per pendant, from Fritz Fryer.
Before you buy, it is also a good idea to consider other finishes in your kitchen and aim to achieve a balance of textures. ‘Matt finishes will stand out against glossy tiles or cabinetry,’ advises Claire Davidson, founder of Urbanara, ‘while metallic lighting styles bring glamour to kitchens with lots of wood or dark hues.’
Below Original 1227 collection from Anglepoise cost £135 each and are available in Linen White, Jet Black, Alpine White and chrime with different coloured braids to add further interest.
Lighting can also be used to make a statement with instant impact, especially with so many stunning pendant shades to choose from. Trend-wise, the industrial look is set to continue into 2017, with everything from bright coppery tones to dark antique bronze. ‘We have evolved a range of new products around these beautiful striking finishes,’ explains Sophie Amini, designer at Pooky Lighting, ‘combining them with other timeless materials such as glass and marble, which never seem to lose their appeal.’
Fritz Fryer has seen a marked increase in cluster pendants over the kitchen table and this is a trend they expect to continue. ‘These fittings are very eye-catching,’ adds Simon Wallis-Smith, ‘especially with a mixture of clear and smokey or ribbed glass.’
Article by: Hayley Gilbert