Cabinets, Appliances and Lighting: All Important in your Kitchen
Many people don't know all of the different options there are to choose from when deciding on lighint in your kitchen: halogen lighting, under-cabinet lighting, recessed, chandeliers, pendants, task lighting, etc.
With all of these options and more, it's hard not to get overwhelmed as you choose the lighting during your kitchen renovation project. That being said, let's dive into some helpful hints to keep stress to a minimum during your remodel.
Choose Your Lighting Based on What You Need
This is the upside to having so many options! You can completely customize your lighting to fit your needs. Come up with the perfect lighting scheme so that you and your family can use your kitchen to it's fullest potential. The right lighting in a kitchen is just as important as the appliances and cabinets you choose. It's of the utmost importance to make sure you decide the layout you need early on so you can make the most out of your remodel.
Typically your lighting decision will come down to a combination between three lighting types: ambient lighting (your main source of light), task lighting (additional lighting for your food prep area), and accent lighting.
How is Your Kitchen Used on a Day-to-Day Basis?
Start your planning by considering how your kitchen gets used on a daily basis. Some factors to consider: Whether or not artificial lighting is necessary during the day and how much natural light your kitchen gets.
Take out some grid paper and draw a map of your kitchen as well as its major components. This includes appliances, cabinets and any other furniture. After you finish, go area by area (e.g. cooking space, informal dining area, island, etc) and figure out how much task lighting each area needs by itself or whether ambient lighting will suffice.
Exploring Different Lighting Options
Now that you've defined what your needs are, you can begin to explore different lighting options.
When it comes to ambient lighting, installing a dimmer to control the brightness of the overall lighting in the room is a great option, especially if you eat in your kitchen on a regular basis. This will help to save energy for times when you don't need full lighting and will allow for the option of a more tranquil tone while you’re eating to avoid a cafeteria-like atmosphere.
Decorative Lighting That Works Hard
Task lighting is for areas where you need bright lighting, such as in the food prep and sink areas or perhaps a desk area if you have one.
Your accent lighting is much more than a solely decorative element. Be careful to avoid having shadows in certain areas of your kitchen. You can choose swing-arm lamps, plug-in sconces or hard-wire sconces.
Now that you have a good understanding of how to choose your kitchen lighting, put the knowledge to the test and have the best lit kitchen in town.