You Light Up My Life, Or At Least My Kitchen!

With a bevy of activities going on in a kitchen, good lighting is a must. Create a layered lighting plan by drawing on three different “layers” of light. Ambient lights are fixtures that offer overall illumination; task lighting sources focus light on specific areas to make performing tasks easier; and accent lighting highlights specific features within a room, such as architecture or displays.

Ideally, each lighting layer should be on a separate circuit and controlled by dimmer switches, which allow you maximum flexibility in setting moods.

Innovative Kitchen Lighting Tips

  • Outfit deep pantries and corner lazy-Susan cabinets with automatic lights, just like the refrigerator, so when the door opens, even back shelves are visible.
  • Pick a range hood with lights on the front and back for cooking and highlighting the backsplash. Add task lighting above or around downdraft ventilation systems.
  • Make a statement with a chandelier by the sink window. “With a beautiful faucet below, it’s like jewelry accessorizing the kitchen.”
  • Add elegance and drama to an island or peninsula with a chandelier. “They make some really great linear chandeliers — very long and narrow — and over a peninsula, they can be gorgeous,”
  • Show off that beautiful island base with downlights hidden beneath the countertop.
  • Choose trim for recessed ceiling lights that makes a visible difference. White trim disappears and brushed metal creates a subtle contrast, but a grouping of cans with black trim can look like polka dots.
  • Consider flexible cable or rail lighting over an island or peninsula. Pendants and accent spotlights can be moved or changed out easily.

Visit our showroom today to see more kitchen lighting options and to speak with a certified kitchen designer.