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.


 Light colours


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.

light coloured kitchen with fresh flowers in orange vase
Fresh shades of white and cream mean that this kitchen is light and airy.


 Open shelving


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.

open bamboo kitchen shelving
These shelves are made from bamboo and have a beautiful edging detail. As they are open, light can freely move through the shelves and illuminate every corner of the room.


 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.

kitchen with dark blue floor cabinets and light blue wall cabinets
This kitchen uses two tones of blue to heighten the room. The lighter wall cabinets draw the eyes upwards, making the space feel larger and brighter.


 LED Lighting

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.

Under cabinet lighting in this beech shelf means that the work surface below is no longer cast in shadow.


 Reflective surfaces

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.

white handleless kitchen with green glass splashback
This kitchen has a glass splashback that runs the entire length of the room. Its reflective surface bounces light around the room and adds a pop of colour.


 Internal windows

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.

three internal windows maximising light in new space
We designed this bespoke bookcase in our clients dining room. Three internal windows were created to allow light to flow through into the darker hallway.


 Pendant lighting


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.

three pendant lights hanging in bespoke green kitchen
Pendant lighting was used in this kitchen to illuminate the wall furthest from the window. They work perfectly and also draw attention to the Derbyshire artwork on the wall.

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.

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