Light solutions for a dark kitchen

by Jane Denton

View of flat panel oak kitchen and island with large windows overlooking garden

As much as every kitchen advert we see leads us all to believe that we have that beautiful south facing kitchen, square shaped, chapel high ceilings and patio doors that flood the room with light – that is not actually the case.

Many of us have very dark spaces, we face North, which although is ideal for those avid Orchid growers, it is not great for natural light.

So how can you cheer up those darker kitchens? Here are some excellent light solutions:

  • If you are able to do architectural works, consider new windows or larger windows in existing locations. Ceiling mounted lights such as velux windows, roof lights or tubular lights are all great ways of taking advantage of additional light if you have the opportunity to utilise the ceiling.
  • Consider removing some internal walls. If your adjacent living room is flooded with light, see if it is possible to take down the wall between the two rooms. An open plan room could take advantage of the light coming in from a particular direction. Just be sure to check with a structural engineer first and don’t forget to consider if there is the need for a fire curtain!
  • If you aren’t able to change the structure of the your property there are many ways you can add light into a room with artificial lighting, accessories and colour.
  • Never underestimate the importance of good lighting in a room. Not just for adding light, but also for functionality, your mood and even your health – nobody likes glare! Consider having a lighting professional to help you. They can talk to you about your particular wants and needs for the space and put a lighting plan together accordingly. If in doubt – ask an expert!
  • Paint colour can be so influential towards the atmosphere of a room. If the walls and furniture are dark, the space will immediately feel smaller. Whereas lighter colours will instantly bring space to a room.
  • Alternatively if you know that light base cabinets wont suit you (they can mark easily), painting any wall cabinetry the same light colour as the walls can help blend them away and create a bigger sense of light and space, whilst maintaining a darker more practical colour at base level.

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