In today’s modern living, open plan kitchens and dining room environments have become extremely popular.
These large spaces are the most used spaces within homes, where a variety of tasks are performed from cooking to intimate dining and entertaining.
Creating zones within these spaces can be challenging, and lighting designers can offer expert advice and direction in order to add high value, by introducing innovative LED lighting solutions that really make an impact. This is achieved by creating different lighting zones in these open plan spaces. Changing our mood, depending on the function, at the click of a switch.
The kitchen has to work hard as a room, to function efficiently throughout the day and accommodate all the activities that are carried out on a daily basis.
Background lighting is essential to provide general indirect lighting. Many people make the common mistake of lighting the walk ways instead of work tops, leaving them in darkness. The best way is to align downlights with the cabinet doors, directing the light towards their surface to create a soft, reflected light.
Using uplighters on top of cabinets in kitchens that have high ceilings is also a brilliant way to reflect light off the ceiling to make a diffused glow. Colour tuneable lights are extremely useful in the kitchen area for crisp, bright light for daytime to soft yellow light for the evening.
For freestanding kitchen units, using LED strip lighting beneath give a beautiful effect of them floating and adds layers of light.
LED strip lighting is also perfect to use on kitchen islands to achieve the same look. To avoid dirt collecting on fittings that cooking creates, always opt for recessed or semi-recessed fittings. By manipulating light in the kitchen, it becomes an amazing tool in creating visual barriers and defining zones.