At an early stage then, you should put some thought in to the type of lighting that you’d like for your space and consider will your choices cater for your needs. In a kitchen, a central light fitting is unlikely to provide illumination for all of your potential workspaces – casting shadows as you try to chop, knead and stir. Identifying the vegemite in the shadows at the back of a cabinet can even be difficult. Of course the central fitting may be sufficiently bright, but unless the space is very small, then chances are the light will too bright, and may be difficult to tolerate over long periods. Also, it may not show off the kitchen to its best effect if it is too overpowering, defeating the purpose of getting a new kitchen look.
Far better is lighting that can be scaled and utilised, depending on use. Certain areas might require particular lighting – in a cooker hood over your hob, for example, or in your cabinets. Other work spaces can be given discrete lighting to throw a “pool” of light that allows for tasks to be carried out safely and efficient. All of these reflect the practical requirements of kitchen lighting. All kitchen designers in Burnley will agree that lighting can also greatly enhance the ambience of the kitchen, with soft lighting creating a warm and welcoming environment. Other lighting can highlight or accent particular features of the kitchen and give perspective and interest to a certain space, and fulfil a decorative function. Each type of lighting you choose to implement should be separately controlled in order to maximise functionality, ambience, and the overall general effect.
The best way to ensure a kitchen that meets all of your criteria is to plan for your lighting in advance, and there are expert kitchen builders in Burnley that are well served to help you in that planning. Ultimate Kitchens is a full service kitchen and bathroom design and renovation company based in East Hawthorn, Melbourne. For more information on our full range of services, please visit our website or call us today on 03 9882 4103.
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