Accessories, Storage & Lighting

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Kitchen Storage Solutions

Like our clients we want to make best possible use of an existing space so LWK Kitchens offer a superb range of innovative, efficient and highly functional storage solutions.

From a vast array of storage options LWK Kitchens can design a kitchen that maximises the usability of all available space, whilst still ensuring easy and secure access. There is so much pleasure to be had in using a kitchen where everything you require is right where you want it to be. When planning your kitchen we can advise you on which storage solutions are best suited to the available size and layout, but also to accommodate your personal lifestyle and kitchen habits.

Le mans corner unit
Le mans corner unit

Plate holders, cutlery trays, knife racks and towel dispensers to name but just a few, LWK Kitchens offer a full range of kitchen accessories. For smaller kitchens many of our clients also love wall-mounted rail systems which can incorporate knife blocks, tinfoil racks, utensil holders, and floating shelves, all of which effectively utilise space. Most of these can be fitted as part of the service we provide, but are also available to purchase separately. To receive a brochure of our accessories, please call or email us.

The storage solutions available for your kitchen are virtually limitless... Magic and carousel corner units make the best possible use of corner space, high capacity pull-out larders ensure visible and accessible contents and can withhold up to 130kg. Alternatively, generous pan drawers with a capacity up to 70kg provide space and easy access for larger or heavier items such as saucepans, mixing bowls and plate sets.

Furthermore smaller storage solutions can save space and provide an organised and accessible place for your contents that is easy to keep tidy. This includes wine racks, secret drawers, pull out spice racks (often in place of a filler panel) and popup sockets that retract out of sight when not being used.

Silver grey metallic glass pan drawers
Silver grey metallic glass pan drawers

Kitchen Lighting

Lighting is an essential part of modern kitchen design and can make a dramatic difference to your kitchen's look and feel. A light and bright kitchen makes the difference between an enjoyable kitchen experience of cooking and eating, versus the frustrating impracticality of a poorly lit kitchen. The right lighting options will accentuate the quality, colour and style of your chosen door finish. It will show it at its best, and ensure darker furniture tones won’t engulf a space. We specialise in guiding you through the different types of lighting systems available and will work with you to ensure the most suitable kitchen lighting is specified. Essentially, there are three types of lighting to consider for your new kitchen design:

  • Floating Kitchen island lighting effect
  • Country kitchen task lighting
  • Contemporary kitchen island lighting
  • Under shelf kitchen task lighting
  • Emotion light up drawers
  • Kitchen shelf task lighting
  • Ambient kitchen lighting effects
  • LED striplights and extractor lighting
  • Contemporary kitchen lighting effects
  • Light background with quadro rail
  • Kitchen lighting effects
  • Under unit kitchen lighting
  • Kitchen lighting
  • Kitchen lighting

Task lighting

Kitchen task lighting introduces a direct source of light onto a specific kitchen area. This increases visibility to help you in your work. It also eliminates the shadows that can otherwise appear in these sites compromising vision and safety. This type of lighting typically assists with focussed kitchen tasks including preparing food, cooking food and washing up. For example, lights integrated within the bottom shelf of your wall units provide superb illumination for the workspace beneath. They also remove the need of an old fashioned pelmet or track; these can clutter the clean lines of your kitchen and increase the likelihood of dirt and grease infiltrating the fittings.

Handleless kitchen with under cabinet lighting
Handleless kitchen with under cabinet lighting

Ambient Lighting

Task lighting is an essential part of modern kitchen design but as well as for illuminating your workspace and cupboard contents, lighting choices will also influence your kitchen's look and feel, whether you want subtle and understated or bold and dramatic!

Ambient kitchen lighting is usually softer and more generalised than task lighting so will affect the entire room space rather than a specific aspect of it. In open plan spaces LED strip lighting recessed into aluminium diffused bulkheads creates a subtle kitchen backdrop, with a comfortable ambience. Kitchen spotlights or downlights are perfect for ambient kitchen lighting within a modern setting. Practical for wider-ranging kitchen uses other than cooking, these lights are available in three shades of white: cool white, warm white, and daylight, ensuring you can set the exact tone you want for your kitchen and living space.

Ambient kitchen lighting
Ambient kitchen lighting

Furthermore smaller storage solutions can save space and provide an organised and accessible place for your contents that is easy to keep tidy. This includes wine racks, secret drawers, pull out spice racks (often in place of a filler panel) and popup sockets that retract out of sight when not being used.

Accent and Feature Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen accent lighting is usually decorative and purposely intended to bring ‘wow factor,’ drawing attention to specific features of your kitchen. This might be illuminated wall units, glass shelves, light up drawers, or plinth lighting. Pendant lighting over a kitchen island adds sophisticated elegance, as will a chic floating kitchen island look, adeptly engineered through lighting effects. With high energy efficiency, a long lifespan and a pliable, tailored fit for small spaces, LED lights are ideal for a modern kitchen look and for highlighting kitchen features. White or RGB colour-changing LED striplights recessed into the underside of a kitchen worktop, island or peninsula are a popular kitchen feature. In addition, their wireless dimming control panel can be effortlessly adjusted at the touch of either an IPhone or IPad.

Small Kitchen Lighting

As mentioned lighting can affect the look and feel of a kitchen and for a small kitchen design, lighting options that will create the illusion of more space are an absolute must! A light gloss furniture tone is best for reflecting light back across a kitchen, but darker matt finishes can work beautifully too, as long as you include the right lighting within the right places. We can help you plan your task, ambient and feature lighting for the best possible results in a small kitchen. We know the best lighting tones and colours to use to show a finish at its best; we know where to locate lighting to enhance a feel of space, and we also know it’s those extra touches that really finish a room off; whether this be a run of LEDs along a worktop edge, drawer lights, uplighters above tall cupboards, or plinth lighting.

Small kitchen lighting
Small kitchen lighting

Halogen versus LED Kitchen Lighting

Halogen light bulbs are the more traditional form of lighting for kitchens and used for general and task kitchen lighting, most often within spotlights. But halogen bulbs are quickly being surpassed in popularity by LED lighting. So why is this? And are LED lights better in terms of looks, function and cost?

Halogen light bulbs tend to produce an extremely bright white light (often brighter than needed) but to generate this they run at a high temperature and use up a lot of energy. With the cost of energy bills increasing homeowners are looking for alternative options and LED lighting is quickly moving into the foreground due to its long lasting, energy efficient qualities, for example, where a 50 Watt halogen bulb has a lifespan of approximately 2000 hours, a 5 Watt LED Spotlight will typically last 40,000- 50,000 hours. LED’s may initially prove more costly in purchase but they use up to 90% less energy to run, so in many cases LED lights will have paid for themselves through energy and maintenance-saving costs within a matter of months!

Another popular feature of LED lighting is they are easily controllable. You can direct light where you want it and without wasting light, which is ideal for task lighting. They will give an instant light when switched on, without any dim-glow warm up period. They are also available in a range of colours, tones and varied brightness to choose from. For example a daylight bulb may bring warmth to an all-white kitchen, whereas a cool light could appear harsh or clinical….yet in any case the mere flick of a switch, or swipe of your IPhone may introduce invigorating colour, or even colour-changing lights to enhance your favourite kitchen features!

LED lights for kitchens are highly recommendable but we do advise purchasing them from a reputable retailer as the quality of lights can vary significantly. It is also essential they are installed by a professional as incorrect engineering can cause damage or failing of the lights.

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