A well planned lighting scheme will transform your kitchen into something quite spectacular. We’re now using our kitchens for much more than just cooking, so it’s important to get the lighting right to enjoy everything from dining, relaxing and even doing some homework!

1. Map out living zones with different lighting

If your kitchen is open plan you can define the different living zones by the lighting scheme.

Spotlights in the kitchen area make the space feel bright, but also consider having cabinet lights which you can have on in the evening to create a softer look.

Pendants are ideal to make the dining area feel more formal and create a separate zone. In the living space, have plenty of lamps which will create a relaxing atmosphere in the evening.

We love the lighting in the kitchen below by deVOL kitchens. The simple lighting on the walls, mixed with plenty of spotlights and the pendants is effective without being over the top.

Kitchen by deVOL Kitchens

Kitchen by deVOL Kitchens

2. Incorporate multiple circuits

Old lighting schemes tend to have all of the lights on one circuit which can be restrictive to give your kitchen atmosphere. Plan spotlights on 2-3 circuits so that you don’t need to light up the whole living space at once. Make sure the switches are cleverly positioned about the room for convenience.

3. Carefully place pendants

We adore pendant lights as they make a great feature over an island, peninsula or dining area. However, it’s so important that you get the placement and proportions right for your kitchen and you make sure that you have clear line of sight under them. Don’t over-clutter the space and don’t put them next to an extractor fan either!

These large pendants work well in the kitchen below as they are spaced far apart and are well above eye level.

4. Don’t underestimate the number of spotlights you need

LED spotlights are a great addition to modern kitchens, so make sure you include enough in your scheme. The rule of thumb is 1 spotlight per metre², which should be spaced 1 metre apart and start half a metre from the wall.

5. Make the most out of your space

Remember that the lighting doesn’t need to be contained to the ceilings and can be effective around and inside the cabinets. LED strips under the worktops are also very popular and look great in ultra modern kitchens, as are lights along the plinths. Lighting around the units can look effective in the evening when you have the rest of the lighting switched off.

The modern lighting on the plinths of this island unit below works well in a contemporary kitchen.

Kitchen by LWK Kitchens

Kitchen by LWK Kitchens