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Kitchen Lighting Tips

Determining the appropriate lighting for your kitchen can be a challenging task. There are many different styles, shapes, and colors that can impact the overall appearance and practicality of your entire kitchen. Lighting is a used to create a particular ambiance in the kitchen, and it includes various elements, such as your cabinet colors, possible windows, and the actual light fixtures themselves. Below, there are several tips to consider for lighting your kitchen.

Consider Your Space: Before even looking at lighting fixtures the first thing to consider is your kitchen space, and how much lighting is actually required. For example, kitchens with higher ceilings require more lighting that kitchens with lower ceilings. Kitchens with a more open design may require less lighting than a kitchen with a more enclosed layout.

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Consider Cabinet Colors: The next aspect to consider are you overall kitchen colors from your walls to your cabinets. Regardless of the color combination, dark-colored spaces require more light, while white and lighter colors is more reflective. Lighter colors make a space look bigger, and these spaces require less lighting and lower wattage bulbs. For more information about kitchen colors and their impact, check out this category: Kitchen Colors.

Dark Kitchen with Upper Cabinet Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Canned Lighting

Task Lighting: Once you've considered your space and finalized your cabinet and overall kitchen color combinations, the next step is the location of your lighting. The best place to start is task lighting, where all elements of your kitchen tasks have the appropriate lighting. When you are organizing your kitchen layout, it is essential to make sure that all your designated kitchen tasks have adequate lighting: you have enough lighting for your cooking, cleaning, preparation, and storage. This lighting includes any natural lighting you may have. There are various types of lights that are both practical and decorative at the same time:

  • Recessed Lighting: Recessed lighting or canned lighting is the most practical lighting solution, and can be placed in any kitchen. This type of lighting should be used to light up the entire room, and they should be placed 24-42 inches apart.
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  • Pendant Lighting: Pendant lighting can be used as lighting for specific tasks. Pendants add a decorative element to any kitchen, and are available in a variety of colors and styles.  They can be used to highlight specific task, and in some cases can take the place of the recessed canned, lighting that is a part of nearly every kitchen. For example, if your kitchen has an island, the lighting can easily be highlighted by beautiful pendants instead of the cans.
    Beautiful Pendant Lighting over the island
  • Under-Cabinet Lighting: Another aspect of lighting to consider is Under-cabinet lighting, which gives more lighting than one may think. Under cabinet lighting is ideal for the counter spaces directly underneath a kitchen cabinet. This lighting is especially apparent in parallel and u-shaped kitchens.
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  • Cabinet Accent Lighting: Cabinet lighting is not necessarily required, but it adds immediate accents to the kitchen. This lighting is placed inside a kitchen cabinet as a decorative or practical element. This is particularly true for corner cabinets, which maybe have a larger amount of space than your average kitchen cabinet!
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Once you've finalized if you the type of lighting you'd prefer. The next step is to match your theme. Is your kitchen a contemporary or traditional or neoclassic? What is your color scheme and how should your lights match? These are all aspects that will assist in finalizing the lighting elements of your kitchen. Once you've finalized considered your space and colors, designated lighting and its type for specific tasks, and determined how much or how little lighting is required, you are ready to get some beautiful new lights in your kitchen!!

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