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Chelsea Clark dis­cov­ers new ways of il­lu­mi­nat­ing one of the most hard-work­ing rooms in the house

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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

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