Kitchens are where families congregate at mealtimes or a special place that helps you destress as you create solo culinary creations. Whatever purpose it serves for you, kitchen lighting is important as it’s one of the rooms you’re likely to spend the majority of your time in. The most suitable kitchen island lighting can take your kitchen layout from ordinary to magazine worthy.
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Kitchen islands are generally the hallmark of a spacious, functional room. They offer a visually pleasing design aspect and provide a functional purpose as well. Depending on your lighting and aesthetic needs, you may want to choose lighting that creates a spotlight effect above the island or one which lends itself to blending in with the rest of the room.
Well-lit kitchens are essential for food preparation and dining, but it’s also significant if the kitchen is also the place you entertain. Many new property developments follow an open plan interior rule with the kitchen flowing seamlessly into incorporating the dining room. This can make for a beautiful eye-catching focus on the island as the gathering place for food prepping, serving or display purposes.
Consider the fixtures above your kitchen island as the first step in deciding what lighting to install. Do you have cabinets or a hob above the island or do you have just your ceiling to work with? Think about getting downlights installed within the cabinets or hob to reflect on the island below so you always have ample and focused lighting to work with.
Think of the many lighting options for your kitchen island as accessories that complement a well-rounded design. This will depend on factors such as; the size of your kitchen, surface area of the island, the amount of illumination you require and how it will reflect on your kitchen cupboards. These ideas will accommodate most kitchen interiors:
The type of light fixtures you choose to go over the island is entirely up to you, but the most common are individual spotlights from the ceiling or well-placed downlights from a cabinet. These offer a great amount of brightness and do not interfere with the rest of the design as much as other options would.
Ideally, three bold pendant lights are visually appealing. If your island requires more illumination then you can even out the number according to your preference. There’s also the option of adding extra illumination by installing lighting underneath the countertop. It lights up the bottom of the island as a design feature. These reverse counter lights make materials like marble and varnished wood kitchen islands really stand out.
Consider how your kitchen island is used. Do you use it as a multi-purpose breakfast nook or dining room table? How about as a work-from-home spot? If so, you want to choose lighting options that won’t get in the way of seating while still providing adequate light for eating or working.
If you’d like to make a statement and live for over the top interiors, choosing a kitchen island lighting option that’s larger than the countertop would be a bold move. Smaller fixtures are sophisticated and take up less real estate in your overall kitchen design.
No matter the style of kitchen island lighting you choose, it has to be inspired by your personality and tastes (pun intended). The kitchen truly is the heart of the home and worth investing that little extra to make it as inviting and aspirational as possible. Seeff’s home experts have years of experience in perfecting the ideal aesthetic no matter how conservative or eclectic your preferences may be.
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