How you light your home environment, particularly the kitchen, impacts the room’s functionality and how you feel when you spend time there. However, most people don’t prioritise lighting when initiating a kitchen remodelling project. This is the reason homeowners don’t set a good budget for this vital element. And most people think that lighting the kitchen involves just one fixture centred in the ceiling. But, the most effective lighting for the kitchen includes task, ambient, accent, and decorating lighting. This will lead to a warm and inviting environment that works with your other design elements to establish a practical workspace and lively entertainment area. Here’s who to achieve this:
Placing Task Lighting in the Right Location
Task lighting is integral to food preparation. Misplacing it can hinder your ability to work efficiently, throwing shadows on your space. Major locations for task lighting include underneath the overhead cabinets and over the island. You can ensure your pantry has bright, focused light. You can check out Living.ca kitchen fixtures for other great task options.
Giving Your Kitchen Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting offers indirect lighting that softens the lines and shadows on people’s faces and creates a warm inviting glow in your kitchen. It will attract people into the space and make them feel welcome while enjoying appetizers and sipping wine on the island. You can go for fixtures such as flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, adjustable track lighting, and a pendant hanging over the island.
Investing in Under-Cabinet Lighting
Under-cabinet lights offer task lighting and soft ambient lighting to offer a room a warm glow with a dinner switch. Long linear bulbs, strip lights, or a string of lights contained in one fixture are great options. You can also consider a puck light system composed of a series of hockey-puck-shaped halogen lights.
Adding Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is becoming more common than ever as people spend more time in the kitchen for casual entertaining. Consider installing lighting inside glass cabinets to illuminate collections of china and glassware. Other fixture options include track lighting, wall sconces, directional eyeball lights, and up-lighters. To highlight artwork, invest in recessed adjustable low voltage fixtures.
Investing in Decorative Lighting
When it comes to decorative lighting, ensure the scale of the fixtures is right for the space and the material’s shade has enough opacity to effectively hide the light bulb. It can be easy to splurge on decorating lighting but if you have a tight budget, install the junction box and/or recessed box in the ceiling and buying the actual fixture later.