For most rooms we choose one, central lamp. This solution does not work in the kitchen. We suggest which overhead lighting to choose, so that work in the kitchen is easy and pleasant.
Kitchen lighting requires more thought than in other rooms. Intense light should cover the entire countertop area so that everything is properly visible. There are some practical tips that can help you plan this and achieve the best effect. Good lighting will help create a truly ergonomic kitchen.
Kitchen lighting – the basic principles
In a properly decorated kitchen, daily chores are much easier and more enjoyable. With available, illuminated space all around, you can prepare food faster and divide up the various jobs. It’s important to prepare for an ergonomic kitchen
Depending on the type of zone in the room, it is advisable to use the right light. When choosing lamps for the kitchen, it is worth considering first of all what function they are to perform. Light strips, central ceiling lamps, and finally spot lighting, have an impact not only on the arrangement and aesthetics of the entire interior, but also allow for safe and comfortable use of available space
You should be guided not only by appearance, but above all by functionality. First of all, you should take into account the size of the kitchen and natural light sources. This will already be the first clue that will help you choose the right lighting. If you have a window, you might want to use a spotlight, which will only illuminate a piece of countertop. However, if the kitchen has no windows or is naturally in the shade, it is worth introducing both the main lamp and additional overhead lighting
Overhead lighting – what to look for?
There are three main types of lighting in interior design: central (also known as general), task and decorative. In the kitchen, it is the smaller spotlight that makes moving and working more comfortable. A ceiling lamp is now just one of the many possible options available. It is a very convenient solution for the afternoon hours, when condensed lighting is not yet needed
More and more often, interior designers advise to choose several points of light instead of one main lamp. Such task lighting will definitely work better in the kitchen. Using also halogen or LED bulbs we will manage to save money on electricity bills, because they are more economical. More and more often we can meet with light strips. This is a perfect solution to place under cabinets, which will illuminate the countertops. It will provide high functionality and at the same time is very aesthetic. It is worth to place the lamps regularly to make the effect look beautiful
Decorative wall sconces are also an alternative solution. In this case, however, you need to seriously consider, because not all models give a condensed source of light, which in the kitchen may prove simply impractical
The color of light in the kitchen – cold or warm?
We often wonder about the color of light for the kitchen. Just as in the case of a living room or bedroom, most interior designers consistently recommend warm colored light, it is not so easy in the case of a kitchen. In this room, as in the bathroom, it is a good idea to adjust the lighting to your preferences. A good tip is not to break the overall style of light in the apartment
If you have rather warm lighting throughout the house, then intense cool bulbs in the kitchen will look unfavorable – this rule also works the other way around. It’s also worth considering a situation where the kitchen is open and connected to the living room – then it’s worth using as similar a tone of light as possible throughout the space
However if the kitchen is a separate room, it is recommended to use white light close to natural light with a slightly cooler tone. This usually looks best in the kitchen. You should also base your choice on the amount of natural light – if the kitchen is well lit by the sun most of the day, then a cooler light will balance it out.