Kitchen lighting tends towards the unimaginative. Most of us plump for downlighters and leave it at that. And, most of the time there’s nothing wrong with that.
After all you need a task lamp. It needs to be out of the way and it needs to provide the best light possible for the job. One slight bugbear though. Why have chrome ones? I know that brushed chrome and steel is all the rage (I have it on my worktops) but surely the point of good kitchen lighting is that it isn’t drawing attention to itself. Don’t you want the beauty of your kitchen to be what everyone notices? And, perhaps, the fact that it’s a light and bright room. You don’t need people to be looking up at the ceiling at the boring downlighters. So, buy white ones. That way they disappear. Also, they don’t have to be symmetrical. Think about where you need light for not the pattern you are making on the ceiling. This goes with the previous point – if the lights are doing their job and on drawing attention to themselves it doesn’t matter what pattern they are in.
Anyway, now I’ve got that off my chest, where was I? Well you can see where I’m going from the pictures can’t you. Shortly after we had installed our downlighters, I started thinking about kitchen wall lights and wishing we had thought about a couple of those instead.
This is an old picture of my kitchen – the shelves are now dark grey – but it’s the best shot of the full room. You can see where the downlighters are. Now, to the left of the picture on that run of cupboards there is a table lamp in the corner which provides a great ambient light in the evenings. I think an extendable swing arm light would look great at either end of those shelves, instead of the picture and the water carafe. Or even above the open shelves pointing down, or where the clock is, extending out.
I think it’s a great look, and one that is a little bit different from what everyone else has. And, if you find one that is extendable, or swings, then you can move it to light what you need. It’s also a great way to create a different mood in a room that, these days, is unlikely to be used just for cooking. Many of us eat in ours, I work in mine, and we all tend to hang out. By all means use downlighters in the working part but think about something else for the reading/eating/chatting/homework part.
So the question is, where do the lights come from?
The daddy of them all is the lampe gras No 214 which is a design classic
But you could also try this for £200
Or this which costs £140 from Rockett St George
Or finally this one from Ikea which is just £42 and looks much more expensive.
Next time I redo my kitchen, I’m definitely going to consider wall lights. What do you think?