Lighting that makes the most of the materials in your kitchen
A kitchen is often referred to nowadays as the ‘hub of the home’, an area where we carry out tasks such as cooking and cleaning, but also one in which we relax and socialise with friends and family.
For this reason we tend to put a lot of effort into the design process when we update our kitchens, spending ages selecting our favourite materials and finishes. Once this is done, it’s important to consider lighting solutions that will make the most of the materials which feature in the kitchen.
When opting for a contemporary look, it’s best to use ‘cool white’ LED lighting. This temperature works extremely well when used as task lighting, but also, if your kitchen features cabinetry with a gloss finish. Glossy finishes are extremely popular at the moment and a ‘cool white’ light will refract off the gloss, creating sparkle and shine that adds to the clean, minimalist look of the room. ‘Cool white’ lighting works well with wooden- like finished such as Zebrano too as it highlights the detail of the material. Lighting should be positioned above the cabinetry to emphasize the detail of these finishes.
For a traditional style kitchen ‘warm white’ LED lighting is a must for creating a calm, homely feel. Emphasize wood grains with spotlights that focus on the area and consider strip lighting upon a plinth if you want to emphasize rustic wooden flooring.
Another typical characteristic of traditional style kitchens is that they incorporate intricate detailing. To highlight this, consider strip lighting which appears above the area that is to be focussed on. Glass cabinetry is also commonplace in this type of kitchen and is best illuminated with surface lights placed inside the cabinets. They will create a focus, making the glass cabinetry an ideal area for displaying crockery and glassware.
Michael Linsky is the Managing Director of Sensio UK Ltd – for more about Sensio please visit www.sensio.co.uk or call 0845 0340780