A lighting plan should be an integral part of a kitchen remodel, so get ready cause you’re about to be given some tips!
The kitchen is usually the most difficult part of a house, so we thought we could help you with some lighting tips. Lighting your kitchen design doesn’t need to be a complex matter, but it is layered. “The most common mistake people make is trying to light their entire kitchen with one fixture centered in the ceiling,” says Randall Whitehead, a well-known lighting designer. But to look its best and function well, a kitchen must be properly light up, and that involves more than just specifying stylish fixtures. A good plan blends lighting into the architectural and decorative details of the room. Now, go get a pen and paper and start taking notes. You can thank us later!
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Best Kitchen Lighting Plan
For us, the most effective lighting design for the kitchen involves four layers blended together: task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting. The end result: a warm and inviting environment that works with your other design elements to create a practical workspace and lively entertainment area.
Under-cabinet lights can be a hidden asset in any kitchen, providing task lighting as well as soft ambient lighting to give the room a warm glow with the touch of a dimmer switch. Strip lights are a popular choice, long linear bulbs or a string of lights contained in a single fixture. This is not only practical but also makes your kitchen looks pretty cool.
Ambient lighting is an important layer that is often overlooked in the kitchen. This indirect lighting is called the humanizing ingredient to any lighting design, said by us. It softens the lines and shadows on people’s faces and creates a warm inviting glow in the room. The kitchen used to be strictly for food preparation and children who were not to be seen or heard. Now, floor plans are more open and parties often flow from the living room through the dining room and into the kitchen. Here you can play with mid-century lighting that will give life to your kitchen. Ambient lighting fixtures may include flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, a pendant hanging over the island and adjustable track lighting.
Accent lighting is the least common layer in the kitchen design, but it is becoming more common as people spend more time in the kitchen for casual entertaining, as we said before. You may want to hang a piece of artwork on the wall behind the breakfast table, or a tile splashback over the sink may be a decorative focal point. Occasionally, people opt for installing lighting inside glass cabinets to illuminate collections of china and glassware.
Accent Fixture Choices
Track lighting, up-lighters, directional eyeball lights, and wall sconces are all accent fixtures. We recommend recessed adjustable low voltage fixtures to highlight artwork.
Making the Layers Work Together
For a final tip, it’s essential to make all these elements look perfect together. The idea behind a layered lighting design is to have a variety of light levels available at your fingertips. Dimmers and switches are the most economical way to coordinate lighting levels. Think about how important kitchen lighting is. The light effect may change the entire space without even change anything else but the light. When you start the process of remodeling your kitchen, ask for opinions at the lighting stores you go for and hope these tips helped you in some sort of way.
To make your kitchen look as amazing as those you’ve been seeing, we recommend you Madeleine Pendant Lamp by DelighttFULL’s Heritage Collection, inspired by a flower bouquet. And also Stanley Suspension Lamp, once again, by DelightFULL’s Heritage Collection. This last lamp is inspired by some of the most iconic lighting designs of the 1960s. Both give amazing kitchen design looks.
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