Lighting is one of the most important topics related to renovation and interior decoration. A correctly selected ceiling chandelier is a guarantee of comfort and good illumination. This is especially necessary for the kitchen, which is a family hearth.
How to choose?
There are several points with which it will not be difficult to choose lighting for the kitchen:
- Determination of the illuminated space. Will the whole room or only part of it have to be illuminated by the lamp? The ideal solution is models with light power controllers, with which you can either decrease or increase the brightness of the lamp.
- Calculation of the lighting rate. To do this, you need to calculate the power of all lamps that will be in the kitchen. The norm is 1 lumen per square meter. Bright or dim light will be equally bad for your eyesight.
It is also important to choose a chandelier that is not too heavy. If you like large chandeliers, then go for models with multiple arms. This option will relieve the load on the chandelier fixing, moreover, it is more effective in lighting large spaces.
Kitchen lighting options
Currently, there is a huge selection of both chandeliers and lamps. How and how the lighting fixtures differ, which ones are more suitable for a kitchen-dining room, and which ones are more suitable for a small kitchen, read below.
These models are very popular. Most often, they are used to create background lighting in the cooking area. At a distance of 50 cm from each other throughout the entire wall, the luminaires are embedded in plasterboard partitions or in a suspended ceiling
This design is very convenient, since the light is supplied exactly where it is needed.
Surface mounted luminaires
Such models have become popular relatively recently. Surface-mounted luminaires are very compact and come in a wide variety of shapes. They are made from various materials. It is also very convenient that all types of modern lamps are used for lighting in overhead models.
In the interior, they are usually located around the entire perimeter of the room at some distance from each other.
And you can evenly "scatter" the lamps all over the ceiling. Such solutions allow you to make the lighting of the kitchen pleasant and uniform.
Most often, LEDs are used as additional illumination.
Modern technology allows LED fixtures to be placed in a variety of ways. You can easily decorate the ceiling with LED strips.
If the kitchen is small, then LEDs are ideal lighting. The small size of the room may well do without a traditional chandelier. Instead, you can make an LED window: install the required number of LEDs on the suspended ceiling and cover them with glass.
Another interesting option is to stretch a translucent stretch ceiling over the lighting. In both the first and second cases, the ceiling will turn into one large and bright lamp, which will visually raise the ceiling and expand the space.
With the help of such models, you can manually control the lighting: the lamps on the luminaire can be turned in any direction. There are also more advanced models that allow you to move the entire lighting fixture in the direction you want.
This is very convenient as you can direct the lamp exactly where the kitchen area needs it most.
The incomparable advantage of tire models is the ability to independently assemble any structure in which the lamps can be placed at different heights.
Despite a breakthrough in the design of lighting technology, the chandelier is a tradition that has many admirers.
A chandelier looks very good in a small kitchen, where its functionality is at its maximum. The larger the room, the more horns there should be.
In a large kitchen, several lighting options usually peacefully coexist - a traditional chandelier over the dining table, pendant lights or LED lighting in the cooking area.
What material is preferable for the chandelier?
The kitchen area is a place of high humidity and the area of the most frequent and difficult pollution. Therefore, when buying a lighting device for the kitchen, you need to choose a material that is more resistant to dirt and wet cleaning.
The original fabric lampshades look very beautiful, but in order to preserve them for a long time, it is best to install them in the living room and in the bedroom. The same goes for Japanese or eco-style paper chandeliers.
Forged and wooden chandeliers are often chosen for original interiors. To preserve such chandeliers, you need to try a little, namely: cover the products with a special tool. This will help keep the material away from the environment for a long time and will allow you to wipe it down from time to time.
The best option for the cooking area is glass and plastic. Chandeliers made of these materials are the least contaminated and practically do not absorb odors, and it is very easy to wash off grease and soot from them with a sponge and detergent.
In the modern world, everyone tries to decorate their kitchen in some fashionable style. Various details, including lighting, play an important role in the design. A correctly selected chandelier will not only emphasize, but also make your interior stand out from the rest of the premises.
Exquisite and festive chandeliers are used in a classic style. You can easily purchase forged chandeliers or pendant models with massive chains. A very beautiful and stylish option is an imitation of an old lamp with candles.
This option is universal, since the models made in the Art Nouveau style can be installed both in a minimalist interior and in a classic kitchen. Modern is distinguished by restraint, side by side with originality. Simple shapes and natural colors are the main differentiators of modern style.
These lighting devices came to us from the Middle Ages and have not lost their popularity to this day. They are made from available materials such as plastic and glass. In the past, candelabra consisted of crystal. This lighting option will be more a decoration of the kitchen, as a lighting fixture.
In this style, elegant and weightless lighting structures, decorated with natural motifs, are made. The basis of such devices is natural materials, wood and metal, and plastic or glass are included in the composition as small parts.
Tiffany chandeliers are created from glass decorated with mosaics or stained glass patterns. Lighting with their help is ideal for classic or rustic style.
These include strict designs, which are distinguished by laconic forms and restrained colors. The simplest example is a plate-shaped chandelier.
Lighting in this style implies a rough style mixed with vintage motives. Often, loft-style lamps and chandeliers are made like old street lamps. This design fits organically into country, shabby chic or Scandinavian interiors.
Modern style, which implies the use of exclusively natural materials in the manufacture. You can easily buy wicker chandeliers decorated with stones or flowers. Thanks to their lightweight design, eco-chandeliers can be made by hand. You can install a similar design in a kitchen decorated in eco, Provence, country or ethno style.
Italy in interior design is made of natural materials. Therefore, chandeliers in this style are most often metal or wood, massive, with glass or stone inserts. There are both ceiling and pendant options. A striking example of an Italian-style chandelier is a chandelier with rough metal chains suspended above the dining area.
Designer chandeliers and lighting fixtures
Currently, you can buy chandeliers and lamps in a variety of shapes and colors. They can have a variety of types and number of lamps - it all depends on the designer's imagination.
As a material, craftsmen use absolutely everything that is at hand: metal, wood, plastic, crystal, glass, etc. Often, designer lighting fixtures are adorned with gold, silver or Swarovski crystals.
Colored designer chandeliers are very beautiful and original. Usually multi-colored models are made of plastic and glass. Red chandeliers and light fixtures are especially popular. Such models will fill the kitchen with special warmth and bring a piece of the holiday on weekdays.
Benefits of designer chandeliers
Not everyone can afford to buy a chandelier made by some famous designer. If such a purchase does not make your wallet too easy, then you can safely purchase a designer chandelier, since it has a number of advantages:
- Exclusivity. Designer chandeliers are made only of elite materials, with which the most eminent craftsmen have worked.
- Highest quality. Chandeliers differ from designers in the most accurate assembly, because each element has an ideal shape, and the design itself is thought out to the smallest detail.
- Security. When creating an exclusive lighting device, only high-quality and environmentally friendly materials are used.
The end result of the designer assembly is an exclusive high quality and safe chandelier.
You need to take the design of lighting in the kitchen seriously. Choosing a lighting fixture is not easy. If you follow all the rules, weigh the pros and cons, then in the end you can find the perfect solution for your interior.