Maximising light in a kitchen can often be the most cost-effective way to give an illusion of a bigger room, without the need to knock down a wall. In this advice post, we will share with you the seven best ways to maximise light in your kitchen.
Firstly, and this may be the most obvious solution, choose light colours when decorating your space. Dark colours tend to absorb a lot of natural light, so decorating with lighter colours will instantly brighten up even the darkest of rooms.
Wall cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms block out natural light and prevent its movement around the room. Open shelving is a great way to aid the flow of natural light through a space, without compromising on storage.
Dark floor cabinets
In kitchen spaces, opting for dark floor cabinets can contrast nicely with lighter wall cabinets. The lighter, upper-half of the room gives the illusion of a heightened and brighter space.
Under cabinet LED lighting is great for brightening up shadowed surfaces. Despite its name, under cabinet lighting is not exclusive to cabinets, and is perfect for shelving too. The LED lights are an energy efficient way of using light to remove darker areas of the room.
Mirrors, glass and metal are great examples of reflective surfaces. By incorporating materials such as these into your design, light will bounce from one surface to another around the room.
Although internal windows are a slightly more costly option, they provide a fantastic design feature as well as improving the light flow of a space. Internal windows allow natural light to pour through from both sides, illuminating both spaces.
Finally, for those areas where light is most difficult to reach, pendant lighting can be an excellent solution. Suspended from the ceiling, these pendants provide spotlights on darker areas. When used in combination with reflective surfaces, the light is further bounced around the space, brightening the room.
Trying to maximise light in a kitchen can often be an expensive task, but we hope this guide has helped you find some cost-effective some options. For more advice on planning kitchens and other spaces, have a look through our Advice Centre.