A real must if you want your lighting to work as harmoniously as can be. If all of your light is ceiling-based, you’ll lack ambient, warmer, cosier lighting at lower levels in the room, so be sure to include layers of lighting that run throughout your co-joined rooms. George says: “In a kitchen, as a practical space, a lot of the lighting will be bright and from above – spotlights, pendants and so forth. Using warmer, lower-level lighting such as table lamps in your living area will help create a cosy, more intimate feeling.”
Annie, in agreement, adds: “It really is critical that use different levels of lighting to spark interest in the room, especially in an open-plan space. Combining a mixture of all or some spotlights, wall mounted lights, pendants, tabletop lamps, floor lamps and perhaps LED strip lights under any kitchen shelving or within glazed wall cabinets will ensure you have the practicality of task and architectural lighting mixed with mood lighting.
“Consider using spotlights which can be angled to shine on specific parts of your room, such as a cooker hood or feature double larder to create an impact. The use of mirrors will also change your lighting perspective. You don’t want any harsh light being reflected, so always choose to position your mirrors out of the way of strong, directional light. You can make a statement by framing mirrors with wall lights either side, which has a flattering glow, or think about using mirror behind open shelving with LED strip lighting either side to give you a contemporary lighting effect and highlight those trinkets and curiosities you have on display.”