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Kitchen Design: Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Posted on: November 24, 2010

A distinct feature in great kitchen design is the use of kitchen lighting that is both inviting and functional. The kitchen is the heart of every home and serves as a gathering place for friends and families. It is where you start your day over coffee and the newspaper and end your day over a warm meal and shared time with loved ones. No matter what style your kitchen is, installing new kitchen lighting will enhance the atmosphere and make your kitchen even more inviting and enjoyable!

Important Kitchen Lighting Considerations

Proper kitchen lighting can go a long way toward bringing personality and usability to your kitchen. It can be used to draw attention to your appliances, beautiful cabinetry and showpiece décor. Appropriate kitchen lighting can also set the mood for a festive dinner party or a more romantic evening. As you plan and design the lighting for the most important room in your house, be sure to consider the following:

  • Make sure your lighting is appropriate for your kitchen size: Kitchen lighting should fill the necessary space while not overpowering the room. Using recessed lighting helps reduce the clutter and makes your kitchen look even bigger!
  • Install a dimmer to suit the mood: In the kitchen, a dimmer switch would be good to help set the mood or just make your life easier when your hands are dirty from cooking. A dimmer can quickly and easily enhance the mood of any event or meal in your kitchen.
  • Account for shadow and glare: Understand the colors and surfaces in the room and how they will absorb or reflect your kitchen lighting.
  • Enhance your working space: Make sure your working spaces, especially under the cabinets, are well-lit using task kitchen lighting.

Different Kitchen Lighting Ideas

When you think about installing new kitchen lighting, it is important to consider the function that your kitchen lights will serve. There are a variety of different types of kitchen lights, all of which play a unique role in the overall design of your kitchen.

Task Kitchen Lighting

Adding task lighting is a great way to highlight your kitchen countertops and provide light for preparing food. There are two primary ways you can run track kitchen lighting under your kitchen cabinets to get a desired effect. The first way is to run a strip of continuous lights to create a warm glow from under your cabinets and make your workspace safer and more functional. Another way to install task lighting is to space out your kitchen lighting under the cabinets to create a spotlight effect that can draw focus to various objects on the counter or to accentuate the backdrop. Task kitchen lighting is a great way to add a feeling of warmth to your countertops and make your kitchen both functional and enjoyable to be in.

Accent Kitchen Lighting

Accent kitchen lighting is a great way to show off your appliances and showpieces throughout the kitchen. Accent kitchen lighting works great in and under cabinets or shelves. If you have glass-door cabinets, you can even install in-cabinet lighting to help create a fantastic display or just make finding things easier! Accent kitchen lighting helps add character and personality to your kitchen by allowing you to draw attention to your fine china, glassware, and other artwork you may have in the room.

Ambient Kitchen Lighting

Create an environment to suit any mood by installing ambient kitchen lighting with a dimmer switch. When properly designed, ambient kitchen lighting helps soften shadows and create a serene environment that is warm and inviting. Ambient kitchen lighting should cover the entire kitchen while remaining hidden or recessed in the ceiling. This helps open the room and makes the kitchen lighting feel more natural.

Decorative Kitchen Lighting

Add some finishing touches to the look and feel of your kitchen by adding a few tasteful pieces of decorative kitchen lighting. Begin by looking to see if there are any places that require additional lighting, such as an island or a table. The best type of decorative kitchen lighting would be a chandelier or a few pendant lights that hang from the ceiling and provide distributed light over the area you wish to cover. Decorative kitchen lights are a great opportunity for you add distinction to your kitchen. Make sure your decorative kitchen lighting compliments your kitchen’s color scheme and character without dominating the rest of your kitchen – when it comes to decorative kitchen lighting, less is more.

Want to learn more about kitchen lighting and kitchen lighting design? Contact the expert kitchen designers at Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens today!

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