A great kitchen lighting scheme has the power to transform an ordinary kitchen into the truly spectacular. Now that our kitchens are increasingly performing on a multifunctional level, the lighting plan must evolve to cater for dining, relaxing, office or homework and entertaining.
Under-cupboard spots fitted directly above the hob, sink and chopping board will ensure bright, focused task lighting; make sure you position them as close to the front edge of the cupboard as possible, otherwise you’ll illuminate the back of the worktop only.
When planning lighting it’s a good idea to make the system quite flexible so you can regulate areas of your kitchen independently. Secondary lighting, such as spots above cooking and preparation areas, is also useful.
While solid wood flooring can be a real plus when it comes to selling a house, it may move and curl if used in a kitchen as it is both heat and moisture-sensitive. It can, however, be finished in polyurethane, lacquer or natural linseed oil. These set hard, and seal and protect the wood for many years, making it more durable.