One of the things that’s usually overlooked when designing a kitchen is the lighting. It’s also the first thing that homeowners leave out of their budget plan. However, for the kitchen to be functional and stylish, a good lighting is a must. Plus, nothing can bring out the decorative details of a room like the lighting fixtures.
A good lighting design plan can be challenging. Many homeowners make the mistake of using only one ceiling-mounted lighting fixture to light up the entire kitchen, but this can truly create a cheap and unprofessional look. It can also be very unpractical when it comes to helping you cook and prepare meals in the kitchen.
You need to create a combination of various light sources that complement each other including ambient lights, task lights, accent and decorative lights and of course natural light. It depends on the size of your kitchen and the color scheme of the overall decor. If you have a large kitchen and a dark color palette, you’ll probably need more light in your kitchen.
Task lighting is the most important type of lighting you could have. It can provide you with the adequate light you need in order to chop vegetables and read recipes. You can place this type of lighting at the sink, under the cabinets, over the counters or even over the cooktop.
Ambient lighting is usually overlooked but it’s very essential if you want your kitchen to look inviting and cozy. This’s the type of lighting that lights up the entire room with a warm glow. You can use recessed lights to provide your kitchen with the ambient light it needs.
As for decorative or accent lighting, you can use pendant lights or a decorative chandelier over the island. You can also include some accent lights inside glass-front cabinets to illuminate the chinaware and any collectibles you want to display. This kind of lighting can truly spruce up any atmosphere.
Remember that the color of your kitchen matters. If the main color of your kitchen is white. You should realize that white can reflect light amazingly and it can also create a spacious look. So even if you use few lighting fixtures or you lower the wattage of the light bulbs you have, you’ll still have a well-illuminated kitchen.