Comment bien éclairer son îlot de cuisine ?

How to properly light your kitchen island?

Choosing to install an island in your kitchen is an aesthetic, practical and functional choice. In a spacious kitchen, the kitchen island will be used to structure and organize the space. In a smaller kitchen, it will save space and create volume, which it enhances.

For an open living room, the kitchen island allows you to delimit the kitchen area from other living spaces such as the living room or the dining room. This involves providing additional surface area for preparing meals and making the transition between the kitchen space and the living/dining room area. The kitchen island is popular because it has many advantages and its location is a living space in its own right.

The trend today is to open up to other spaces. The main problem is to delimit the places and find a harmonious development solution. The American kitchen is a room completely open to another. It has an undeniably practical side because the bar which separates the two places is ideal for sitting down, chatting, participating or discussing.

On the other hand, this island constitutes an additional work surface, which is very useful. The downside is that you can't hide and leave the kitchen a mess. The big advantage is not missing any time with family or guests, the living room or dining room forming a single room with the kitchen, in order to share warm moments from preparation to cooking. tasting. Participation and conviviality will be there and this island will provide a link between these two essential places where we live and where many events take place. More and more, we want openness, modularity, which a kitchen island naturally brings.

Which lighting fixtures to choose for a kitchen island?

It is best to use simple lamps with a soft shape and color. Glass seems to be the ideal material, airy, poetic and eye-catching. The colors must be chosen carefully since the kitchen island is shared between the living room and the dining room, in order to harmonize the decor. Depending on the choice of decoration, you can really dare to use color, dynamic for your kitchen lighting to give a real boost to the general atmosphere.

This choice will help create a feeling of openness, visually ventilate the two rooms and enlarge the spaces. Originality remains a personal matter, specific to each person.
Indeed, a transparent glass pendant light seems very appropriate but the colors give style and it's really a matter of taste... Daring colors, new shapes or rarely used materials are out of the ordinary and for example, a chandelier white, an orange pendant light in imitation cement or concrete, in copper metal are the big trends of the moment.

The openwork pendant lights will bring a lot of harmony. When it comes to materials, copper, cement, concrete, metal, glass, gold and silver will fit any style and the combination of all of them will work wonderfully. Some will prefer subdued lighting which creates a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in the kitchen and living/dining room to better enjoy meals with family or friends.

What power should I choose to light a kitchen island?

Pendant lights as well as certain chandeliers are the most common and ideal lighting options, particularly for an island bar dedicated to a dining or aperitif area or simply a place to study or work. Opt for warm white lighting of around 3000 kelvins for general ambient lighting. Functional lighting for working well on your work surface requires neutral white lighting, located between 4000 and 4500 kelvins.

For lovers of classic and method, several pendant lights can be aligned vertically and horizontally and equidistant from each other. You will thus be able to have lower kelvin suspensions but coupled with others. The number will vary depending on the length of the kitchen island and the desired effect.

If the kitchen is very simple, a duo of designer pendant lights or chandeliers will bring a little pep and design. In search of originality, the lights can be arranged at various heights. You can also vary the spacing by opting, preferably, for models from the same range of different sizes. You can even place them staggered. An elongated pendant light with several light points can be a good solution.

How to properly place a pendant light or chandelier above a kitchen island?

It is recommended to place them at a distance of 80cm above the island, raising them slightly, especially if it is used as a dining area for less powerful and less targeted lighting. The suspension equipped with a dimmer is a very wise and practical alternative since it allows you to modify the light power according to needs, desires and times of the day, the atmosphere created will then be specific and personalized. If your island is quite small (1.5 to 2.5 meters), two pendant lights are sufficient.


TIPS

Pendant lights are not recommended if the island includes central cooking plates, due to the space occupied by the hood and to avoid an overly busy look.
Think about the spots! They provide more lighting and are easier to work with than pendant lights and they offer good value for money.

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