Adding the right lighting can completely revitalize the kitchen area and make it a hundred times more hospitable.
(PRWEB) September 19, 2012
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Traditionally, kitchen lighting heavily favors utility, usually placing a single bright light or group of lights front and center in the middle of the ceiling. But to light the whole kitchen effectively, those lights have to be bright and very bright lights hardly ever look flattering to the space. Mixing several different types of gentler lights in different areas instead, will the most out of all of them. Recessed Lights around the perimeter of the ceiling are a good place to start, but to make the most of the kitchen, one is going to have to go a little further.
Interior designers at HomeThangs.com suggested a few things for the homeowners to keep in mind to make sure the kitchen is lighted properly, which is important not only for the design of the kitchen, but for how practical it will actually be as well.
1. Placing a chandelier or pendant light or other bar-style light over the kitchen island is a great way to add warm, inviting light to the place where people are most likely to gather. It is important though not to hang the fixture too low to avoid bumping heads, but it will feature prominently, so it has to be large enough to fill the space. The style will go a long way toward setting the tone of the kitchen, but it has to match with the existing decor, even (or especially) if it is a really bold fixture, so it does not stand out awkwardly.
2. For a country kitchen, a simple metal pendant light will always look more natural than a chandelier. Even if the bulk of the lighting in the kitchen is coming from other sources, this is going to be the one getting the attention, and the one spotlighting the most important part of the kitchen – the people in it.
3. While overhead lighting makes for a nice ambiance, under the cabinet lighting is vastly more useful when it comes to food preparation. Though the fixtures themselves will not be seen, a small horizontal Undercabinet Fixture will make sure the cabinets aren’t casting shadows on that vegetable one is trying to chop. Even when not cooking, this type of lighting will bring the counter tops out of the shadows, and can help highlight kitchen accessories or even an artistic tile backsplash. And when put inside glass cabinets, they can illuminate china or stemware and turn the storage space into an accent piece.
4. Though it might seem an odd place for them, wall sconces can work in the kitchen as well. Especially for a very large space, it can be difficult for central lights to reach all the way to the edges of the room, and sconces can help bring a homey, living room touch into the kitchen and make it a more inviting place for people to visit. In general, wall sconces should come in pairs and be mounted symmetrically on either side of a window, a piece of art, or a range hood for example, to create a sense of balance.
5. Lights that match and compliment the décor are a must. One has to look for pieces that match the room in more subtle ways, echoing the architecture, furniture, or even the finishes in other parts of the kitchen – like the kitchen faucet or drawer pulls. This will help give the space unity and make it seem larger by drawing the eye smoothly between the different parts of the room.
6. The more different types of lights are layered the richer and more complex the final effect will. Accent lights and track lighting can draw attention to specific features (architectural, artistic, textural, or otherwise), and intersecting pools of light can create beautiful shadows and depth, enhancing the grain of wood and giving a luster to the tile.
7. Another important thing to keep in mind when planning on installing a lot of different kinds of light is that the lighting controls have to be pre-planned too. A Dimmer Switch is an excellent idea, preferably one for each group of lights (under cabinet, accent, recessed, chandeliers, sconces, etc). That will allow using only the lights needed, and offer a greater degree of control over the mood the lights set.
Adding the right lighting can completely revitalize the area and make it a hundred times more hospitable. It is important to remember to slate lighting projects in order of importance: effective lighting (to light the room) first, then task lighting (to make kitchen prep easier), decorative or ambient lighting, and then finally smaller accents.
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