Kitchen Design: Let There Be Light

August 2, 2010

One of the things I learned in design school was just how important lighting is to any design.  So it hurts me to see beautifully designed new kitchens without the proper lighting.  Lighting brings a space to life as well as serves a function.  Do not underestimate this important piece of your remodeling puzzle.

The biggest mistake I see homeowners make is trying to get by with inadequate lighting thinking it will be enough.  It’s important to think about how you will use your kitchen during the design phase.  Where will your main task areas be?  Will your kids be doing homework at the island? Do you entertain and want ambient lighting?  Also, think about nighttime lighting issues. 

So what kind of lighting should you think about?  First and foremost, you want to think about how to maximize natural lighting during the day.  Work with your designer on how to accomplish this. Recessed ceiling lights provide good general lighting, but it is not enough. Under cabinet lighting is beautiful as well as functional.  Chandelier lighting can help to add a decorative element to your kitchen as well as provide overall lighting.  Pendant lighting over an island or peninsula will also add decoration and function. 

The point is to make the most of your new kitchen.  You can accomplish this easily with lighting.  Do you see the light?

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