Anthony Hopkins makes the case for this unusual kitchen lighting – and for dad dancing, too

Dancing Anthony Hopkins reveals his swanky kitchen and unusual lights on Instagram – and we’re smitten by both

Anthony Hopkins portrait
(Image credit: Getty Images/Jeff Kravitz)

We can’t think of a better way to start the day than watching Anthony Hopkins dance in his kitchen. This week, the Silence of the Lambs star took to Instagram to share a video of him having a boogie in his very stylish Malibu kitchen with a very interesting choice of lighting. And now we’re obsessed with the Anthony Hopkins kitchen lighting. Not to mention those moves!

A bright kitchen lighting idea (quite literally), the actor positioned what’s known as a picture light in his kitchen to illuminate his open shelving in the background. And we’re already thinking about how to replicate this effect.

Is this going to be the new lighting trend? Perhaps. What a trendsetter Anthony is!

Anthony Hopkins reveals unusual kitchen lighting 

A grey kitchen with accent lighting

(Image credit: Davonport)

This is not the first time we’ve been inspired by a well-known celebrity’s kitchen set-up – just think of the likes of Zara McDermott’s pantry and her (and our?) dreams or Maude Apatow's pink kitchen. But the reason why we love Anthony’s kitchen lighting solution debuted in his dancing Instagram reel so much is because it strays from the current norm a little.

‘Deviating from the prevalent under-cabinet lighting found in contemporary kitchens, the selection of over-cabinet picture lighting introduces a unique design element that enriches both the aesthetics and functionality of the kitchen,’ says Sinead Trainor, kitchen category manager at LochAnna Kitchens. ‘Illuminating from above, this lighting choice effectively mitigates shadows, elegantly showcasing cabinet contents such as beloved kitchenware, glassware, and other various kitchen decor.’

She continues, ‘This design style aligns with a more nostalgic approach to decor, emphasising the integration of standalone pieces that mirror individual taste. The rising popularity of nostalgic styling among homeowners is anticipated to persist well into 2024, contributing significantly to a warmer and more visually captivating atmosphere in the very heart of the home.’

The actor is clearly making the case not only for picture lighting in the kitchen, but also nostalgiacore.

A purple kitchen with pendant lights

(Image credit: Naked Kitchens)

But are these types of accent lights recommended for the kitchen by the experts?

‘While not as popular as other forms of kitchen lighting, over-cabinet lights are becoming more and more common,’ explains Al Bruce, founder of Olive & Barr. ‘Chosen more for aesthetic than practical purposes, these lights are ideal for highlighting decorative pieces and look their best styled with open-shelving or placed above a large kitchen dresser.

‘As they don’t tend to illuminate your kitchen worktop, we would advise placing other lighting around the kitchen to ensure you have adequate light, especially when preparing food.’

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Richard Davonport, managing director at luxury kitchen manufacturer, Davonport, concludes, ‘If you want to really create a statement and make the lighting a work of art in its own right, then placing it on the outside could be an option. There is no wrong or right way of approaching accent lighting, it is a personal choice.’

We, for one, are all for it!

Sara Hesikova
News Writer

Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home and interiors. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors. She feels the two are intrinsically connected - if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.