These are some of the questions we get asked every day…
“What is the best pendant lighting for my kitchen island?”
“How many lights should I install over my kitchen island?”
“Where to install your pendant lights in a kitchen?”
We thought we would try and help answer these questions.
Pendant lighting in kitchens has become more and more
favoured in recent years. Having a focal point in a room gives a sense of
balance as well as drama, plus it is a great opportunity to express your style
and get creative.
Firstly it is important to consider other aspects of
lighting you have in the room, for example: downlights, under cabinet lights,
interior cabinet lights, wall lights and table lamps to help understand how
much light you need to achieve from your pendant lights.
If your pendant lights are the main source of lighting in
your kitchen you will need bright light to be used for task lighting. There are
lots of different options of light bulbs available, as much as we love layering
warm soft lighting, in your kitchen lighting needs to be practical. Cooler or
daylight bulbs are the best type of light to see by. Downlights are a great way
to spread the light evenly throughout your kitchen enabling food prep etc.
Also contemplate the natural light in the room, do you have
lots of natural light flooding into the room? If you have lots of direct light
pouring into the room you may want to use lightweight window dressings to
diffuse the light entering the room and block any harsh sunlight.
In contrast to this, a lack of natural light will benefit
from tips such as using mirrors specifically hung opposite windows to help the
natural light bounce around the room, enhancing the natural light you do have. Even
simply trimming foliage from around the windows will enhance the light coming
in. Although being realistic, and living in the cold grey climes of Great
Britain with long dark evenings it is vital to get the lighting right.
Thinking about the scale and amount of light required is the
most important detail before choosing your lighting.
View your pendants as an accessory to embellish your kitchen
and give it a finishing touch. The style and finish of your kitchen pendants is
down to personal taste but be sure to think about the style of your kitchen and
how to compliment the other areas of your space. Don’t be afraid to be bold,
big pendants can look fabulous, even over a small island.
Interior designers think in odd numbers, for some reason
objects arranged in odd numbers appear more appealing and distinctive to the
eye. However it is essential to determine the scale and amount of light
required when considering this, you don’t have to stick to this rule.
How many lights you have and where you install them depends
on the space you are working with, nevertheless as a general rule of thumb
lighting should be installed as follows:
30-36 inches (75-90cm) above your worktop surface.
Pendant lights should be installed 12-18 inches apart
12-18 inches (30-45cm) in from the edge of your island.
This is a very rough guide but hopefully helps as a starting
point when commencing your search for the perfect lighting.
In our next blog I will talk about textures, finishes and styles.