How to Use Statement Lighting

Lighting is something that many people use because they have to. But how often have you thought to use statement lighting as a piece of decor or art?

You can use statement lighting in your home so easily. It’s affordable and is the sort of thing you can put up yourself in half an hour. Lighting makes a huge difference to your home. You wouldn’t put a tiny light on a huge wall, or one small light over a large dining table. Lighting is all about the effect the light has when it’s turned off as well as on.

So how can you use lighting to make a statement, and why is it important to do so?


To Zone a Space

Without a focal point, a space is lost. There’s nowhere for your eye to go. You need a statement object that your eye is instantly drawn to, which pulls you into the room. If you have a large open plan space, there can be confusion as to what its focal point is. Zone a room by hanging a statement light to separate the room into smaller sections so your brain can take it all in.

For example, if you have a large kitchen diner, the focal point will be the dining table. Use statement lighting here to make it the subject of the room. Lighting designer, Paula Arntzen, owns Studio Arntzen which has lots of beautiful statement lights available. Take a look at that stunning butterfly light in the header.

The bigger and more detailed the light, the better. It will draw your attention up to the ceiling, making the ceiling appear higher than it is. Visit the design light shop to get inspiration for your next statement light.


To fill an empty space

Have you ever felt like something is just missing but you couldn’t put your finger on it? Lighting is an excellent way to fill a boring space. Use statement lighting above your staircase, on large walls, in bare corners, etc.


Use statement lighting over your staircase. Large staircase with long hanging lights.


Use tall floor lights that shine the light up the wall. This will not only add interest but can also make the ceiling feel higher again, which is wonderful if you have a smaller home.

To create ambience

Sometimes we do actually need to use the lights we’ve placed everywhere. You can add lights that not only come in handy but also create an atmosphere, like putting down lights under kitchen units. It will light up the work surface when you’re preparing food, but also create a lovely effect.

This lit-up sideboard adds a subtle amount of light, but is also useful for being able to see what’s in the cupboard.


Breakfast bar with hanging pendant lights and sideboard with lit-up backdrop.



People can sometimes be scared of anything statement – bold patterns, bold colours, mixing patterns. But using the right statement lighting in the right way can make a huge difference to the feel of your home.


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Guest Post: Kitchen lighting tips for maximum impact

The kitchen is the hub of the home, where family and friends gather together to eat, drink, relax and socialise together – they’re truly multi-functional spaces.

The lighting within a kitchen can have a huge impact on the entire room, so it’s certainly an important consideration when you’re designing your kitchen. Effective kitchen lighting will help you to create a cosy, inviting space as well as ensuring that it remains functional in order to cater for a range of activities. Your kitchen lighting needs to be suitable for the obvious food preparation to entertaining, dining and even working. Our top kitchen lighting tips will ensure that your kitchen is a stylish, functional and relaxing place to spend your time.


Consider different lighting options

With a huge range of kitchen lighting options available, it’s important to consider all of your available options in order to create a stylish, functional lighting design. You don’t just have to stick to the traditional down lights and pendant lights in your kitchen – there are a variety of lighting options which will add an extra dimension to your kitchen.


Task Lighting

Task lighting is perfect for use where a little more light is required, such as food preparation areas including the cooker, sink and worktops. These lights are the brightest, most functional type of kitchen lighting and, as the name suggests, should be used for carrying out tasks within the room.

Under-cabinet LED strip lights are the perfect task lighting options and will easily direct light over the areas where you need the most light. LED lighting doesn’t generate as much heat as traditional halogen lights and they’re also incredibly energy efficient, making them a great money-saving option for your kitchen.


Accent lighting


Accent kitchen lighting. Pendant lights and wall lights facing down


Accent lighting can really bring the whole room together. These sort of lights are the perfect way to draw attention to specific features within your kitchen, such as an island or dining table. Pendant lights make excellent accent lights and help to illuminate your dining areas, as well as adding a stylish, decorative touch to your kitchen.

LED strip lights are another excellent choice of accent lighting, due to their incredible versatility. By installing strip lights inside cabinets and under counters, you can subtly draw attention to the little details in your kitchen and add the perfect finishing touch to the whole room.


Ambient Lighting

Just as the name suggests, ambient lighting adds ambiance and character to the room. Ambient lighting is cast over a wide area and doesn’t focus on any particular feature, so is perfect as a general source of light. Recessed downlights are the most common source of ambient lighting in a kitchen. They look great when arranged in rows across the entire ceiling.

The ever-versatile LED strip lights are another great example of ambient lighting. When placed on top of kitchen cupboards facing the ceiling, the light will bounce back into the room and create a warm, soft glow for a truly inviting atmosphere.

Finally, natural light is another great form of ambient lighting, but is often overlooked. When designing your kitchen, you should try to use sources of natural light to your advantage and tailor the rest of your lighting configuration around this.


Natural kitchen lighting. Large window and door into large kitchen.


Use kitchen lighting to your advantage

A clever use of kitchen lighting can truly transform your room. If you’re working with a relatively small space, your kitchen lighting can help to make the room look lighter and more open.

By angling some directional spotlights up towards your cabinets and walls, you can dramatically affect the appearance of the room. This lighting technique helps to reflect light back into the room and create the illusion of a larger, more open space.

Ambient ceiling downlights can also help to make your kitchen appear larger than it is by creating the appearance of a raised ceiling, thus, visually expanding the space. However, it’s important to note that these lights should be strategically-placed along the ceiling. Placing them all in one line can actually make the room look narrower.

LED striplights are another great option for a kitchen with limited space. They’re unobtrusive and don’t take up any extra space. Simply install the striplights under your cabinets and along your skirting boards for a simple way to increase the light in the room without using up any extra space.


Get creative

Getting creative with your kitchen lighting can create some truly stunning results. By placing strip lights under cabinets and islands, you can create the illusion of floating furniture, adding a striking modern twist to the whole room.

Your lighting doesn’t just have to be focused on the exterior of your furniture, either. If you’ve got glass cabinets, you can add some extra dimension to the room by installing lights within your cabinets and illuminate those all-important wine glasses.


Set the mood

By adding a dimmer switch to your lighting configuration, you can truly set the mood in your kitchen. This simple addition will ensure that the room is a multi-functional space. Whether you’re cooking, working, enjoying a romantic dinner or even hosting some guests, having complete control over the intensity of your lights will help you to set the mood for any occasion.

Another important thing to consider is being able to control each set of lights individually. This means you’re able to customise your lighting depending on the occasion. The last thing you want is for your bright task lights to be detracting from a candlelit dinner. Equally, you might prefer to have your other lights dimmed while you’re preparing your food. Having multiple options available will ensure that your kitchen remains truly multi-functional.


Don’t overdo it

With so many lighting options available, it’s easy to go overboard and install as many lights as you possibly can. However, it’s important to use just the right amount of kitchen lighting to keep the room looking sleek and striking.

Many people tend to go overboard with pendant lights, having multiple pendant lights hanging all throughout the room. Ideally, pendant lights should be used to add a visual interest to the room and highlight important features. But make sure they don’t make the room look cluttered and messy. Sticking to two or three pendant lights over the dining area or island will keep this as the room’s focal point, rather than detracting from the rest of the room.


Low hanging pendant lights over dining table


By following these kitchen lighting techniques, you’re sure to create a truly welcoming kitchen. A kitchen perfect for hosting guests, exploring new recipes and enjoying meals with your family. If you’re looking for even more kitchen design ideas, then we have got all of the tips and advice for you.


About the author: Efficient light are experts in lighting solutions for both commercial and domestic purposes and can help you out with expert lighting advice, no matter what your project.