How to Light a Kitchen: Design Advice from the Experts

a neutral kitchen with an island and pendant lighting
(Image credit: Davonport Kitchens)

Working out how to light a kitchen is about more than just choosing your favourite light fixtures for the space. While you may have plenty of good ideas, saved from Pinterest or torn from your favourite magazine, you'll need to learn how to adapt these to create a functional lighting scheme for your kitchen. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.