Bright Ideas For Kitchen Lighting
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Bright Ideas For Kitchen Lighting

Lighting to take your food photography to the next level

Previously relegated to an afterthought  – these days planning your lighting is almost as important as finding your furniture. Good lighting has the power to make or break a room, framing a scheme and balancing elements to create that all-important finish. If you’re planning a kitchen makeover, here’s what to add to your lighting design moodboard to accentuate your island, cooker, and give your canapés a more sophisticated sheen. 

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Bright Ideas for Kitchen Lighting

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Working with the natual light already available in this kitchen, Zuma has harnessed the room’s daylight glow with a row of hanging lights in glass shades. A very minimal design that maximises the light cast over the countertops.

Photo: @zumaexperience on Instagram

Barlow & Barlow

Barlow & Barlow

Don’t be afraid to embrace the element of surprise. In this subway-tiled bar nook, Barlow & Barlow have created a miniature design caper with a single, goose neck wall light in brass and cerulean blue.

Humphrey Munson

Humphrey Munson

Like red wine and cheese, traditional kitchen interiors and modern lighting are a particularly good pairing. Take note from this sage and ivory kitchen by Humphrey Munson, framed with two low-hanging oversized contemporary glass pendants.



Looking for a quick way to give a traditional kitchen a design-led feel? These glass balloon lanterns act as a focal point, framing the classic cabinetry by Artichoke.

Photo: Emma Lewis for Artichoke ltd

Life Kitchens lighting

Life Kitchens

Three abstract, low-hanging pendants chime with contemporary subway tiling in this kitchen by Life Kitchens.

Retrouvius lighting


Think like reclamation specialists, Retrouvius, and get creative and sustainable with reclaimed lighting. We love these characterful weathered festooned brass lamps.

David Hunt Lighting

David Hunt

A single, slate-coloured David Hunt pendant hanging over a dining table elevates this interior from minimalist to bold and contemporary.

Interiors fox kitchen

Interior Fox 

In this Finsbury Park kitchen, Interior Fox has added a triptych of bulbs to complement contrasting colours and materials.


Burton Mews

Alison Henry

This serene lighting scheme draws on the surrounding white colour palette and rustic materials, for continuity from floor to ceiling.

Top Tips for Kitchen Lighting with Dale Atkinson

The founding director of Rosendale Design, which designs kitchens for the likes of Jason Atherton shares his top tips for an unforgettable kitchen lighting scheme

Dale Atkinson

Use natural light to your advantage

Lighting plays a key role in any kitchen, whether natural or artificial. Daylight is of paramount importance in a kitchen as we need it to properly distinguish the ripeness and freshness of foods and it helps us to keep the space hygienic. How we balance the architecture with sunlight plays an important role in how the kitchen functions. But if natural light isn’t sufficient and for use in the evenings, artificial lighting comes to the fore and it’s key to create layers of light that balance task lighting and ambient, mood-enhancing lighting.

Consider Your Task Lighting

A very important detail to add is task lighting to the underside of the upper cupboards or integrated within shelving. With a nice feature backsplash this can really help bring the space to life. Then there is also the opportunity to integrate lighting within the cupboards and this works well with glazed cupboards. One can also employ colour in the cupboards and use the lighting to highlight them.

Play with Pendant Lighting

When there is a dining table within the kitchen, this can be exemplified with spotlights or pendant lights above the table.

Use Art to Anchor Your Lighting Scheme

Artwork is a great opportunity to create visual anchors and picture lights really bring pieces and the space to life. To control all these layers, a good dimming control is essential as different aspects will need to be set to different levels.

Main Image: Humphrey Munson