A fresh start for your kitchen in 2014
In the New Year, the idea of having a fresh start can be applied to just about any aspect of our lifestyles, whether it’s our health, career or family life we’re focusing on.
There’s certainly no reason why this idea shouldn’t be extended to the home too, as in actual fact, when the Christmas decorations are taken down and the New Year comes around, many of us end up feeling like our house is in need of a bit of a lift.
As the ‘hub of the home’ more time is spent in kitchens nowadays than ever before and investing time into making sure it’s kept up to date so that it can function properly is becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners. This month, I want to give you some tips on how to go about giving your kitchen a well-earned refresh, so that the lighting in place complements the overall design scheme throughout 2014 and beyond.
Updating your kitchen lighting is quick and easy to achieve and can be done with little upheaval.
Firstly, start by reflecting upon how your kitchen was used in 2013. Did you find that the space was frequented by family and friends when they came to visit? Did you tend to sit down and eat most of your meals in your kitchen? By establishing the day to day uses of your kitchen, you’ll be able to identify ways in which the lighting could be improved so that it suits your lifestyle.
When it comes to choosing lighting for your kitchen, it’s worth bearing in mind that the room should incorporate a balance of mood and task lighting solutions so that it can function to the best of its ability.
Task lighting provides the light needed so that everyday kitchen activities can be carried out easily and strategically placing this type of lighting above the work surfaces where food preparation takes place results in a kitchen that’s easy and safe to use.
Mood lighting adds dimension and depth to the room, giving the space a sense of individuality and personality. Position these decorative lighting solutions in areas where it can create the most impact and atmosphere.
For example, plinth lighting will transform a kitchen island into a focal point for social occasions and colour changing LED strip lighting will allow you to set the colour of the light according to the type of ambiance you want to create.