Lighting is one of the most important parts of your kitchen remodeling project whether you realize it or not. The kitchen is a very busy room in most households. It’s much more than a convenient deli within your home; it’s also where we entertain guests, play family games, do homework, and enjoy family time. The lighting in your newly remodeled kitchen is extremely important and deserves a lot of attention.
Here are a few tips on choosing the best lighting for your kitchen:
- Clean, Bright Lights: Warm bulbs are an excellent choice for the corner lamp or the bedside table lamp. But they don’t have a place as primary kitchen lighting. You could probably get by with warm lighting as under-cabinet lighting or toe-kick lighting, but not as a primary light source. Clean, bright lighting is your best option here.
- Lighting as a Design Statement: Kitchen design is becoming more of an artwork than many people realize. The functionality must remain in place, of course, but take the time to ensure that every piece slides into place to create a unique picture, like a puzzle.
- Placement of Lighting: Most early kitchens have a single light in the center of the ceiling. Those of us who have dealt with the poor lighting they provide, understand how annoying it can be. Your own shadow becomes your worst enemy because you can’t properly see the food you’re cutting on the countertop or what’s cooking on the stove.
- Task Lighting: Task lighting is required in areas where you prepare food, wash dishes, or help the kids with homework. The best way to install task lighting is to tell us exactly how you use your kitchen. That may sound silly, but everyone uses their kitchen differently. You may cut vegetables and prepare food for cooking beside the range where someone else performs those same tasks on the kitchen island or beside the sink.
- Showcase Lighting: Show off your fine china, glassware, or other decorative items in cabinets with glass doors and showcase lighting.
- After-Hours Lighting: How many times have you stumped your toe on the corner while going after that quick midnight snack? Don’t worry; we won’t tell. But we will recommend that you install toe-kick lighting and other low-energy lighting options that allow safe movement through the kitchen after hours.
Give us a call if you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen with us this year. We’ll schedule a design consultation as soon as possible and get the ball rolling.