Friday, February 17, 2012

10 best kitchen lighting ideas

Define a dining zone

Zone out the eating area in a large kitchen diner with large striking pendant lights. Hanging them low will allow the shades to take centre stage, but make sure they're high enough not to get in the way of conversation!

Opt for low-plinth lighting

Installing plinth lighting low, around the base of an island unit, or at the bottom of kitchen cabinets, is a great way to create ambient lighting - as well as to give beautiful stone flooring your full attention.

Light up your cooking zone

Make light of cooking! Create a practical space to prepare meals by adding lights above your cooking station. Make sure the panel above hangs low, so you don't see the bulbs.

Add colour to your kitchen

Planning a wow-factor kitchen? Install colourful, fluorescent lighting above your kitchen cabinets. Keep the rest of the scheme neutral so the look isn't too overpowering.

Illuminate tableware

Display your favourite tableware proudly in a lit-up dresser. It'll brighten up the kitchen and will help your glasses sparkle.

Hang a statement chandelier

Create a focal point in your kitchen with a grand chandelier. A glistening metal and crystal number, teamed with spotlights, suits this modern kitchen, but you could also add a classic twist by opting for bold antique chandelier.

Add modern spotlights

Spotlights are a great kitchen lighting idea. They're subtle enough not to interfere with the rest of your scheme, but are a sure-fire way to brighten up the whole look.

Light up your alcoves

Dark kitchen corners? Make the most of unused space by fitting shelving storage into your alcoves. Install lighting behind to illuminate your kitchen accessories and cooking products.

Add interest to a kitchen island

Bold lampshades aren't just for the living room or bedroom. Choose an oversized statement shade and hang low above a breakfast bar for an instant shot of colour.

Brighten up kitchen shelves

On a budget? Light up kitchen shelving by hanging fairy lights. We love this quirky chilli design - it matches the colourful and eclectic scheme perfectly.

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