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How To Light Your Kitchen

Updated: Jun 3

The kitchen space is a space of constant use. Therefore, there should be neither too much nor too little light, but enough so as not to cut your fingers, not to spill salt and, of course, to keep work surfaces and kitchen utensils clean. When choosing lamps, it is enough to follow a few basic rules. 

Hanging Lamps

Hanging Lamps in The Kitchen 


If we need bright enough lighting to prepare various dishes, then sometimes we want to create a   semi-darkness for a romantic dinner. Light will help divide the kitchen into two functional zones. Hang quite bright and simple lighting models above the work surface and stove. But above the kitchen island, place designer versions of hanging lamps with less powerful lamps, colored lighting or the ability to adjust the lighting intensity. The appearance of the lamp and its color scheme should be combined with the design of the kitchen as a whole. But the lamp in the kitchen can also become a stylish highlight - a bright touch in the overall design of the interior. 


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Say "No" to Cold Shades 

For kitchen lighting, it is advisable to choose lamps of neutral spectrum. This will allow you to create pleasant lighting of warm tones with good lighting indicators. Such lamps will help to avoid too much distortion of the natural colors of products and, on the contrary, will add an appetizing look to the prepared dishes. In addition, too harsh, cold shades of lighting can give the kitchen an official look and not set up for communication. The exception is high-tech style. The coldness of shades is appropriate here, if it is provided by the general idea.  


The Principle of Space Zoning 

Currently, the lamp in the center of the kitchen ceiling is far from the only possible lighting option. Of course, if you are a supporter of old traditions, then no one has anything against you. But in modern design, there is a steady trend of dividing the space into several light zones: 

  • Work Zone - point (spot) lights located on the ceiling above the work surfaces, or LED strips under the upper cabinets are an ideal solution. 

Work Zone

  • Dining Area - a chandelier or several hanging lamps located above the table or kithcen island will help create a central accent in the dining area and provide sufficient lighting for everyone gathered at the table. 

Dining Area

  • Decorative lighting - this is where decorative, muted light sources come in, such as table lamps, wall sconces or even candles, which create soft light and add coziness and warmth to the space, illumination of decor elements: photos, paintings. 


Sophistication and Strictness  - Requirements for Materials 

Dinners and meals are often prepared in the kitchen. All this gives a plaque that is formed from food and gas vapors, covers all possible surfaces and is very difficult to wash off. This plaque will later appear on the lamps. And if smooth surfaces are washed without harming the appearance, then chandeliers with candelabra, crystal pendants or lamps with a poor-quality colorful coating risk getting a completely unpresentable look. That is why designers recommend choosing lighting with glass, plastic or metal shades. The remaining materials are at the peril and risk of the owners themselves.


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