Lighting ideas for kitchens

Create the perfect kitchen lighting scheme with this pick of the latest products

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Create the perfect kitchen lighting scheme with this pick of the latest products.

‘You should first consider any natural light in the space. Is your back to it when you are cooking or eating, will you shadow this light, and does it reflect off anything in the space? If you have no natural light source, then consider how to create a sense of it through artificial means,’ says Kimberley Heeps, interior designer at Sculleries of Stockbridge.

Avoid turning the ceiling into a domino of spotlights. ‘Task lighting is essential to illuminate work areas – go for wide beams to flood the area with light,’ says Matt Thomas, buyer for fitted furniture at John Lewis.

There are plenty of options out there to ensure that your work tops are really well lit. Investing in some lighting fixed to the bottom of your cupboards could really help to illuminate your counter tops. If you don’t have any wall mounted cupboards or your kitchen is freestanding, then you can also enhance your space and create some ambiance with the addition of stylish pendant lights, wall lights or strip lighting.

Flexible LED strip lighting for the kitchen from Hafele

Low-level lighting

This under-cabinet solution couldn’t be easier to install on a DIY basis, yet it makes such a difference to the lighting effect in a kitchen. Simply stick the self-adhesive LED strip on where you want it, plug it in and you’re done.

Flexible LED strip lighting, from £66 for L300cm, Häfele

Rise-and-fall pendant

What’s ideal about this type of light fitting is that you can adjust it to whatever height you need. Want more focus while chopping food? Then just pull it down.

School Light rise-and-fall pendant in Putty Grey painted aluminium with white interior, H150xDia.40cm, £189, Davey Lighting 

Streamlined ceiling finish

If you’re installing ceiling spotlights to light the whole kitchen area, you should also include more focused task lights, such as above and under the cabinets and also around the cooking area.

This bespoke kitchen by Sculleries of Stockbridge incorporates above-cabinet lights and downlights, which highlight the unusual-shaped ceiling

Classic jar lamp

This smart little Kilner jar lamp would look perfect in a country- or vintage-style kitchen. Hang on a ceiling hook over the breakfast bar, or display on the dining table.

Nuvarti Kilner Jar table light in black, handmade in the UK, H18xDia.9.5cm, cord L200cm, £60, The Tab Collective

Designer fitting

Make a real statement with this industrial chic design, which is great for focusing light on a work surface or next to a table. The three old-fashioned-style taps, each with an LED lamp, mounted on a matt piece of polished concrete in anthracite, can be connected to the mains or wired for a plug.

Designer Kitchen Tap three-light wall light, made from nickel and concrete, H20xW60xD15cm, £540, also as a single-, £250, or seven-tap light, £1,255, DesRes Design

Read: How to plan your lighting scheme