The Best Kitchen Lighting is Practical and Dramatic
The proper kitchen lighting can turn your cooking space from
ho-hum to "wow" in the time it takes to flip a switch. You already
know you need ample lighting for your kitchen workspace, but what
about lighting that adds that unique flair? Kitchen lighting is the
finishing touch that makes your space warm and inviting.
By consulting with a
kitchen remodeling contractor about both the practical and the
artistic possibilities of your kitchen, you can have the best blend
of the practical and the dramatic!
Kitchen Lighting Options
The options for lighting your kitchen are limited only by your
imagination. Here are a few tips to get you started on the road to
- Make task areas a priority. The
best kitchen lighting will be necessary where you work the
most--countertops, sinks, tables, and rangetops. Installing bright
lights underneath the kitchen cabinets can work well for directing
light right where you need it. Don't forget to install bright
lights in the pantry as well.
- What about the kitchen island?
Hanging pendant-style lighting, such as a wide chandelier directly
over the island space, can work wonders for lighting up the room
and the island countertop.
- Consider ambient lighting. If you
are simply sitting at the kitchen table and talking among friends,
ambient light from above can give the room a hearty glow. A central
fixture works well for this, but recessed lighting often makes a
- Accent lighting adds flair. Small
lamps that highlight collectibles, wall scones that glow alongside
artwork, and recessed lights that reveal elegant architectural
details are all perfect for the dramatic kitchen.
- The fixtures matter. Unique kitchen
lighting is not just about the light itself--how it is presented
matters, too. An elegant chandelier or a striking antique fixture
can make for a beautiful conversation piece.
- Dimmers offer more control. Does
the light seem perfect before dinner, but too bright during the
meal? Use a dimmer switch to tailor the light to the mood.
Ask Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor
Though you may have a few great lighting ideas in mind, your
kitchen remodeling contractor might be able to offer further
insight. Monty Gilbertson of Lighting Design in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
recommends letting a
professional offer valuable tips. "There are many ways
to light a kitchen, some better than others," he says. "There are a
lot of things an expert can bring to the party and make any room in
the house more livable."
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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