6 An ambient glow
Adding LEDs to a cooker hood is a touch of brilliance. Similar to spotlights, they cast a necessary glow over proceedings as your food simmers. But glimpsed from a distance, they also mean that a cosy glow spills from the cooker area, creating the warmest of welcomes.
7 Think in circuits
If you set your lighting up on two (or more) separate circuits it’s easier to adjust it all according to the season. It’s most useful to have one electrical circuit for a central table or island and another for the recessed spotlights set around the perimeter of your room. A separate dining area could benefit from a separate circuit, too, for added control.
8 Candles in the kitchen
Candles are an absolutely necessary part of any lighting discussion. In a kitchen, a simple pillar candle, on its own or grouped in a huddle, make a lovely addition to a wintery window ledge. They sit quietly in the background, and yet will always be noticed. (Remember to blow them out before you adjourn to another room, for safety’s sake.)