Lighting is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when remodeling the kitchen, yet so many people tend to overlook it or neglect to properly plan it. Older homes often have a single ceiling mounted light in or near the center of the room. Overhead lighting can be a good thing, but it can’t be the only light in the entire room.
The placement of your kitchen lighting makes more of an impact than you may realize. The traditional center-of-the-room ceiling light creates shadows. A single-light kitchen simply doesn’t work because shadows keep you from being able to properly see what’s going on on the stove or the food prep area. You may not be able to see whether or not all of the dishes are clean if the lighting isn’t up to par.
Make a Design Statement
Nothing in the rulebook says that your kitchen lighting can’t be absolutely fabulous. Choose a huge light fixture that can act as a focal decorative point in the room. You don’t have to go all out on a crystal chandelier, but choose light fixtures that you love and the rest of the decor will fall into place.
Clear, Crisp Light vs. Warm Light
Crisp, bright lighting is the best choice for most areas of the kitchen. You may decide to use a warmer light as the ambient light or as a decorative statement, however. Bright lighting allows you to properly see what you’re doing in the kitchen and makes the room look cleaner.
Have you ever just stood in the lighting department at Lowe’s or Home Depot and gazed in awe at the amazing options available? Try visiting both stores and a few other local home decor shops – if you’re brave enough. Choosing fixtures requires that you take several factors into consideration including:
- How the fixture will direct or spread light.
- Where the fixture will be installed.
- The types of metal used in the kitchen – the faucet, for example.
- The overall appearance you want.
- Ease of changing the fixture when you’re ready for a change.
Choosing Lighting for Your Remodeled Kitchen
As you can see, several things must be taken into consideration before you embark on a kitchen remodeling project, especially the lighting. Give us a call and we’ll help you design your perfect kitchen with the right amount of lighting for each area. We enjoy helping homeowners choose the materials that go into their remodeling project, because it reflects on our workmanship – and we always strive to provide the best.