Setting the right mood and tone with kitchen lighting
It really is worth getting professional advice when planning your lighting scheme for your new open plan living space, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or the whole home. At Beau-Port kitchen we can work with your chosen electrician or recommend one of our team of qualified and experienced trades people. A vast array of choices and solutions are available from remotely controlled lighting systems that allow you to operate your home lighting from your tablet or phone to multiple circuit lighting, types of Lamp (bulbs), fittings and finally aesthetic and design details.
Consider what you are trying to achieve and talk to your electrician at the beginning of the project to ensure the right cabling is in place for the system and look you want.
Layering light in the kitchen space will ensure each zone is lit fit for purpose and enable you to change the mood and personality of the room. It creates depth, warmth and richness to your home lighting. Under lighting to cabinets which can be dimmed offer a well-lit work top and task area when bright, dim the lights for a gentler ambience. Strong lighting under an island or even a bed appears to make it float.
Well planned down lighting schemes are great for focusing on activity within the room. Avoid huge grids of down lighters that can be harsh and just flood the whole space in bright light. Its easier to control smaller separate grids that are controlled independent of each other and offer flexibility when utilising the space.
Pendant lighting should be used for dramatic impact not just when choosing statement pieces, the colour and strength of the light you can achieve is also important as is control which allows you to alter the brightness and change the mood. Low lights create warmth ambience and intimacy so are perfect for eating and conversation, however some people may prefer to eat in brighter light and of course it's essential when working at a table or Island unit. Falmec have a range of beautiful extraction and air purification systems which are also a light. With no need for unsightly ducting they are perfect for kitchen island which include hobs and ovens. Contemporary Italian designed Murano glass, ceramics, aluminium or tempered glass canopies, LED lighting and state of the art technology combine to create a stunning centre piece.
Bead lighting is the ultimate in LED lighting, perfect for illuminating and displaying personal items. Choose the right warmth and tone for what you plan to showcase. LED lighting generally is ideal for accent lights as it provides incredibly small in wall lights, up lights, down lights and linear solutions enabling you to light even the tiniest or most awkward spaces.
Controlled Lighting Systems operated via your phone or tablet and home Wi-Fi enable you to set and control the lighting while you are out or on holiday, giving the impression that there is someone at home, as well as enabling you to control multiple zones, rooms and even your garden when you are at home.
Experiment and choose carefully to ensure the colour, tone and warmth of the light work well and or complement each other. For example, cool white and warm white each come in a number of different shades.