First of all, cover the practicalities and opt for good task lighting to ensure that your worktops, hob and sink are lit from above, so that your food preparation areas are always bright and you are never working in shadow. Kitchen tables should also be well lit for everyday meals and any other tasks that are performed there – such as homework.
For seriously modern and unique kitchen lighting ideas, have some 3D printed Kayan shades made to order. They come in a choice of colours and are designed to fit round Plumen bulbs. Made with recyclable PLA, they’re the perfect choice for a sustainable lighting masterpiece.
Above: Mix & Match playful cords with Plumen 001 bulbs, £22.95. Available here.
Brighten up your whole room with colourful shades and cords.
6/ VEGETAL Above: Plumen 001 Light Bulb, £22.95. Available here. (Photo credit: Fiona Burrage)
Create warm glows in a dark kitchen. Above: Plumen 003 Pendant Set, £150. Available here.
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Re-fitting your kitchen is not the most practical (or wallet-friendly) way to create a new look. But a little change to lighting can transform your whole room.
Above: Drop Cap Pendant + Plumen 001 bulb, from £129.95. Available here.
If you’re a fan of exposed filament bulbs but bored of seeing them everywhere, opt for ones with a contemporary silhouette – adding a modern twist to a vintage light. Here, a row of Wilmas add ambient and decorative lighting to this modern kitchen.
Here the lighting can be softer and more atmospheric to zone the room and create a contrast with the cooking area. Here, a trio of Drop Top Shades in warming amber create the perfect ambient atmosphere for lazy lunches.
Pair our WattNott bulbs with a Pantone Pendant for a colourful twist to exposed filament bulbs. The sleek pendants come in 7 colours to suit your style and space.
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We end our ’10 kitchen lighting ideas’ roundup with a classic of the genre: the bell design.
Using shades with Plumen in the kitchen helps direct light into surfaces while softening the glare. Tinted glass shades work brilliantly as they also frame and colour the bulbs beautifully.
Create a bold feature of your lighting in a clean, white kitchen.
Above: Industrial Wall Light by Holloways Of Ludlow, £85. Available here. The perfect companion for our range of Edison-style filament LED bulbs, WattNott, from £11.95. Available here.
The kitchen is now firmly at the heart of the home and needs to fulfil lots of different functions in our busy lives; including cooking, eating, living, entertaining, working and playing. It has to cope with all the rigors of life and still shine as the stunning centrepiece of the home when friends come over. Here, more than anywhere else in the house, versatility is essential.
Above: Drop Cap Pendant Set with Plumen 001 Bulb, £54.90. Available here.
Whichever combination you go for, making a feature of your lighting is a beautiful way to set your kitchen apart from the crowd. Here are some of our favourite kitchen lighting ideas:
Above: Bell Blown Glass Pendant by Holloways Of Ludlow, from £125. Available here. This shade would work beautifully with one of our vintage-style LED filament bulbs WattNott, from £11.95. Available here.
Often the hub of a home, a kitchen island requires top notch task lighting as well as beautiful feature lighting. Here, the warm, bright light of the Plumen 001 hung in series over the island, makes a stunning design feature while offering the brightness needed for food prep.
Here’s some Plumen inspiration for a lighting refresh. For more kitchen lighting ideas, check out our Pinterest boards.
Once the basics of task lighting have been covered you’ll also need some lighting to create an ambient mood for dining and socialising – this is where coloured shades and dimmable bulbs are an advantage. On top of all this is worth adding a statement lighting to create the wow factor – like a sculptural cluster of bulbs – something special that will set your kitchen apart from the crowd.
Kitchen lighting installations should be considered in the early stages of kitchen planning – as electrics will need to be fitted at the very start of the project.
Looking for beautiful kitchen lighting ideas? It might be the place for creating culinary masterpieces, but the kitchen often doubles up as a space for eating, entertaining, working and playing, so it’s important to have beautiful lighting that balances functionality with ambience. Here, more than anywhere else in the house, versatile lighting is essential.
Change your look as often as you fancy by grouping your lights in creative ways.
By @architectureforlondon, curated by Dezeen, photography @clickclickjim
It’s important to consider your kitchen lighting when you start designing your space (before the electrician does the first fit) rather than seeing it as an afterthought. Make sure you plan your decorative lighting as well as any recessed lighting at this stage as you want to make sure all your kitchen lighting is controlled from the mains.
The beauty of the Plumen range is its flexibility – mix and match components to create the perfect pendant for your space. We love the way this kitchen makes use of ceiling hooks and super long cable – making the problem with vaulted ceilings no problem at all.
The best kitchen lighting offers bright task lighting as well as atmospheric, ambient lighting. It’s important to make sure your kitchen counters, hob and sink are well lit, so that food prep areas are safe and you’re never working in shadow. The tendency is to opt for recessed task lighting and make features of ambient lighting, but with modern advances in technology, it’s now possible to turn your task lighting into a feature too.
Here, Original Plumen 001 bulbs are teamed with Drop Cap pendants in bold red to make a strong statement that allows the simple beauty of these designer light bulbs to be the star of the show. Hung low over the kitchen work-surface they get the attention they deserve but also provide vital task-lighting for food preparation – and finding inspiration amongst your cookbooks.
If you want (or need) to keep the two separate, make sure your ambient lighting is on a separate system to your task lighting, ideally controlled by a dimmer switch.
Above: Drop Hat Lamp Shade + Plumen 002 LED bulb , from £99.95. Available here.
Create stunning reflections and coloured glows with these sleek disc shades. Our collection of Drop Hat Shades are ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of a bare Plumen bulb within a refined and effortless lighting piece.
Pendants don’t have to hang straight down from the ceiling. Make a feature of your cables using a multi-way ceiling rose and ceiling hooks.
Pair the iconic Plumen 001 with a glass Drop Top Shade. The mouth-blown glass knocks back the glare of the Plumen 001 while the open base allows the brightness of the bulb to fully illuminate surfaces below. The perfect mixture of task and ambient lighting in one refined lighting piece.
Above: Drop Top Lamp Shade + Plumen 002 LED bulb, £144.95. Available here.
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Use track lighting to mix and match your spotlights and ambient lights. We love this minimal kitchen which takes on a whole new life when the spots go off – leaving the Plumen 002 to softly illuminate the space with its atmospheric glow.
Above: Kayan 3D Printed Lamp Shade, from £119.95. Available here.
In a kitchen-diner careful attention should be paid to the table area.
We love this bright, spacious, minimally styled kitchen in London by Russian For Fish. The colour of the Vessel shades really pop on the white expansive space.
In an ideal world, kitchen lighting installations should be carefully considered at the start of any renovation project, when lighting ideas and details like switches and sockets should be planned in detail. But in real life that isn’t always possible. The stunning beauty of Plumen’s designer light bulbs mean that all you need is a simple ceiling hook and some complementary-coloured flex to easily devise an attractive and efficient kitchen lighting scheme – even if you just want to jazz up an existing kitchen.
Above: Crystalline Collection by Niche Modern, from $645. Available here.