Chelsea Clark discovers new ways of illuminating one of the most hard-working rooms in the house
New ways to illuminate your kitchen
The rise and rise of open-plan living means our kitchens are more on show than ever before. As a result fixtures and fittings have become increasingly trend-driven, and reality shows such as House Rules and The Block are often the place many Aussies find inspiration.
But while fashion-led pieces might make a kitchen look nicer, they’re not necessarily the most practical choice when it comes to the real business of this utilitarian space.
Lighting, in particular, is an element of the kitchen many homeowners leave solely up to style, forgetting the importance of functional task lighting focused on work and cooking spaces.
“Like everything else in design, you should consider functionality first and beauty second,” says Christine Ghrayche, creative director of boutique interior design firm One x One Interiors.
“Consider where you spend most of your time when cooking and the location of your appliances in relation to the lo- cation of your task lighting. There’s nothing worse than dealing with shadows when cutting onions or stirring a pot.”
Beacon Lighting’s Denise Hammond says that all-important task lighting can be the most neglected form of lighting when planning a kitchen but that it does not have to be without style.
“Task lighting trends have reached a
Like everything else in design, you should consider functionality first and beauty second
new level of sophistication, elegance and practicality,” she says.
“Decorative pendants, wall sconces, lighted display cabinetry and recessed overhead lighting can all enhance the open layout of an elegant and traditional kitchen.”
A trio of pendant lights over the island bench is one task lighting trend that has been around for some years now but Christine says there are lots of alternatives available.
“Trio pendants will always have their place in our homes, especially in a traditional interior, but when we look at the contemporary side of design we are definitely seeing a trend towards cluster and oversized pendants,” she says.
“These statement lights add a real wow factor and a uniqueness to interiors that I