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Revamping the kitchen and updating the lighting

We replaced our lighting with the Steampunk Style ‘Corinthia’ 3 Way Over Table Light in Aged Brass Finish.

We have recently been updating/improving our kitchen, so I thought you may be interested in the lighting we have replaced.

Our kitchen has seen many changes over the years. Not only in our family life, but cosmetically, too.

This is the lighting we replaced.

We had a major “refurb”, 12 years ago. This comprised: extending the side of our home (making the kitchen much bigger); installing a new kitchen suite and workbench; building a wet room; and upgrading the kitchen/adjacent patio area – enabling us to enjoy more outdoor living, in the summertime.

All of this major work could have been a seamless exercise. Instead, it nearly caused a  “nervous breakdown” due to the builders we unwittingly chose. Following months of stress – plus a bout of shingles thrown in (husband!!!), for good measure – it finally got finished.

I will, in future posts, show you “before and after” shots as we made progress. For years, afterwards, I wanted to forget the journey!

Once we were free of the builders, I asked an old trusted school friend, Gary, who makes a living installing kitchens, to come and install ours. He is so talented and did a fantastic job.

 

The kitchen has a lot of natural daylight, due to it being South facing. We had large patio doors and a large kitchen window installed to enhance this.

The kitchen has three light sources, one being the uplighters under the kitchen units which light up half of the kitchen. Then, at the other end of the kitchen (we call it the “snug end”), we have two wall lights, controlled by a dimmer switch. This is where we eat or entertain, as it’s nice to have a relaxed low light atmosphere. Then the third source is the pair of three overhead lights at either side of the whole kitchen area.

These overhead lights are an essential feature, but do need to look just as good switched off, as switched on. Hence choosing the right ceiling light is so important when you are planning the style of your kitchen.

The main lighting that we installed when we did the refurb was looking very tired and worn. We were looking for a more on-trend, funky, mood booster of a design enhancing the look of the kitchen.

Home lighting is one of the most important factors in the decision-making process. The way that you light up your home can make or break a room and can be one of the most common mistakes that people make when planning their spaces.    The right glow can create just the right atmosphere to the all-important finishing touches.

I love low level lighting. It changes the look of a room at the flick of a switch. Subtle lighting, is generally the way forward when it comes to areas made for relaxation.

I trawled the internet and eventually found these vintage/industrial black metal pipe suspended ceiling pendants. I bought them from the “Long Life Lamp Company” and cost £42.99 per set. The picture looked amazing and just what I was looking for. I was a little apprehensive when they arrived in case they weren’t the appropriate “fit” for the kitchen – but they look great!!

The large bulbs, a main feature of the lights, can be expensive. I bought them on-line at a reasonable price (approx. £3.00 per bulb). I am very impressed with the lights – they have definitely improved the look of the kitchen. The perfect ending to my kitchen revamp – for the moment anyway.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Alison

Xx

 

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6 Comments

  1. March 15, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I love the gold light bulbs. I would be interested in getting some of those Alison. I love the corner with the Green diner sofa. The kitchen looks really good, and I know what you mean about wanting to forget that the builders were there! xx

    • March 15, 2019 / 9:47 am

      I did shop round for the bulbs, as they varied in price by quite a bit. I ended up buying them in Wilko. Yes, we all spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially on that sofa, so it was definately a good idea.
      xx

  2. March 16, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    I love your new lighting. We are doing our kitchen up at the minute and I can not wait to get some new lights.

    • March 17, 2019 / 5:29 pm

      Thank you Claire. I agree. New lighting can transform the room. I did look for quite a while
      before I found these lights, but, i knew as soon as they arrived they were the right ones. It
      can be a little tricky buying off the internet! Enjoy your kitchen re-furb. It’s always fab when it’s
      all finished – as a family we spend so much time in the kitchen.
      Alison
      xx

  3. March 28, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    I’ll be interested in the before and after pics. I love a light kitchen. Ours is only light in the summer sadly.

    • March 28, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      When i was writing this post I glanced at pics, showing the mounds of earth that we actually lived in for quite a while and
      found it traumatic! I will show the pictures. Be prepared it may put you off ever getting the builders in!
      Alison
      xx

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