The Importance Of Choosing The Right Lighting For Your Kitchen

By November 9, 2017 No Comments

If you like to cook then creating the perfect ambience in your kitchen is important.  Choosing the right kitchen lighting can have a huge effect in both helping to make the kitchen more functional, as well as creating an inviting atmosphere for entertaining family or guests.

Kitchen lighting should be bright and warm. It should allow you to properly prepare your food without straining your eyes.  It should create a pleasing environment in which to cook or eat. Today’s kitchens are often multi-functional. Many people have open plan kitchen/diners which makes choosing the right lighting especially important.

Layering light

You will often find that the best kitchens layer several different types of light. A common mistake people sometimes make is to try and light the whole room with one main ceiling fixture, however this can often create an uncomfortably bright light that overpowers everything. Good kitchen lighting tends to combine task lighting (Normally under-cabinet or pendant lights) as well as ambient lighting (slightly dimmer, warmer lighting for when your entertaining)

When preparing food, you want to avoid casting shadows if possible. That’s why light coming from directly above you such as under-cabinet lighting is a good option.

Match your lighting with the style of your kitchen

It’s always a good idea to try and choose kitchen lights that fit in with the rest of your decor. For example, if you have a traditional style kitchen, then decorative lighting such as chandeliers and candlestick wall sconces are a fabulous way to make your room really stand out. Alternatively, if your kitchen is fairly modern then you may wish to pick out lighting options that are more in keeping with that style.

It’s also a good idea to make sure your lighting has some sort of unifying feature, particularly if you have an open plan kitchen. That way you can make sure your lighting flows naturally between both the preparation and dining area.

Don’t forget to make use of natural light

Natural light is also a very important consideration when designing your kitchen. You want your kitchen space to be as bright and well-lit as possible. Make sure you opt for bright colour s when picking out your decor in order to make the most of your natural lighting.

Here at Mihaus we understand the need for suitable, atmospheric lighting throughout your kitchen. Our kitchen designers are always happy to help and can talk you through our whole range of cabinet lighting, ceiling lights, wall lights and recessed lighting. For more information, please visit