How To Light Up Your Open Space


You may have recently decided to embrace the open plan living look, but your lighting may still be stuck in the past.

With newer, more energy efficient methods of lighting your living space such as inbouw spotjes LED and LED fittings coming into their own, there is now more choice than the rather limited offerings of yesteryear.

No more does the kitchen have only one (flickering) fluorescent strip light and the living room, only one main overhead ceiling light.

Today, we can mix it up a bit.


Spare a thought for the control of all your various types of lighting. More than likely, you now have a much bigger space to play with. This could mean multiple light switches all over the place, confusing you and everyone else who comes into the house.

How about centrally controlling all of them with just one switch? This doesn’t mean that they can’t all be turned on and off separately of course – this should go without saying. But having one central control unit – preferably somewhere you want it and can easily find it, should be the first thing to consider.

And also, remember this can be dimmable too. Yep. All the lights can be fitted onto a dimmer switch.

Here, we do advise that if you are using LEDs you carefully pick a switch that is compatible with them like LED inbouwspots dimbaar (LED fitting spots which are dimmable)


Just because you have created an open plan room, doesn’t mean that your lighting should not reflect different ambiences and separate areas.

The good thing about the open plan living look, is that we can use lighting to accentuate whichever area it is that you are using.

So when you are relaxing, you may wish to darken down the dining area and subdue the kitchen. Likewise, when you are cooking, you will want very focused task lighting to see by, but later on, if just popping into to make a cup of tea, some relaxed led spot should be enough to light the way.


The kitchen is probably still the area where you will want the brightest lighting and therefore, the most lighting options.

For the centre of the ceiling, some pretty pendant lights – focusing down on either the units or the kitchen island, look stylish and also provide enough light to see by.

Cafe lights also provide the same sort of decorative effect, but with a practical edge.

However the cooking area was designed for inbouw led spots keuken. These built-in LED spots are practically begging to be in your kitchen and will transform task lighting from a necessity, into something subtly cheerful.

As well as the decorative and the task lighting, you will also want some ambient lighting in your kitchen area.

This could also be covered by spotlights of the dimmable variety – but also by more fun stuff, like multi coloured LED strips, which run along the cabinets, cupboards or skirting boards.


The dining area wants to be lit separately and subtly, to the rest of the living area.

For this reason, a chandelier can still work very well – and remember to make it one that works with a dimmer switch!

Pretty pendant lighting and wall lamps around the table can create the atmosphere and the subtle distinction between this and the rest of your open plan space.

But might this also be the place that you do some work or craft at? If so, then task lighting is also a necessity. This should be separate to the lighting that you want to eat by, which should be softer in nature.


As you would expect, the lighting in the sitting area will be mellow and ambient.

There is still plenty of room, even in your modernist apartment, for a standing lamp and maybe some decorative table lamps as well.

You will not want to flood this space with light on a regular basis – but still ensure enough good lighting to see by, when needed.


Finally, you need to really give your open plan living area the overview, before you begin.

As we said at the beginning of the article, the key here is control. Having one set of lights to control everything – all the separate zones – is the key to establishing an overall look.

Make sure the differing types of lighting blend seamlessly into each other. If you have chosen a soft, creamy look, be careful how it impacts with the brighter, focused, overhead lighting.

Don’t worry, not all the lights have to be turned on together, though. It is through the combinations and the layering, that you will achieve your look.