Under-cabinet, pendant, accent, and LED lighting – Are you confused by all the options? Lighting can make or break a kitchen. Here is a little explanation to help you on your journey toward a beautiful, well-lit, kitchen.
Why is lighting so important?
The kitchen is the backbone of the household, generally being used from dawn to dusk. Proper lighting is necessary! Between all the mundane and exciting tasks that take place in the kitchen, without proper lighting, may end up being very unsafe. Beyond functionality, the amount of character and charm lighting brings is what takes the looks of a kitchen from dull to dreamy!
Plan lighting as early as possible
When planning a full remodel, lighting should be the first thought. Rewiring and repainting costs really add up, especially if everything else is already in place.
What is layered lighting?
Layered light involves using different shades of light. To create an interesting space, playing with shadows and colors will highlight the best features of the room as well as keep your kitchen functional. In the kitchen, task lighting for cooking and prep takes priority over everything else. Ambient lighting is to add character into the space and create a general light for the space. Accent lighting is to accentuate specific traits and features such as your beautiful countertops for backspalsh.
Choose the right style
When it comes to choosing your accent lights, take inspiration for the rest of your home. Choose similar styles and/or finishes will create a sense of unity and flow throughout the home. This is especially important in the loved ‘open concept’ home designs.
When it comes to what is in style for 2018, industrial lighting, wood/natural materials, and Scandinavian elements are the most sought after trends.
Make sure it is proportional
Make sure pendant lights are hung at the correct height. A good rule of thumb is 32″ above a table or counter. This is to prevent bumping heads.
Also take into consideration the size of the fixture. Too large and it may overwhelm a small space; too small and it may get lost!