When it comes to the kitchen, lighting is as essential to the room as the refrigerator. Therefore designers are always looking to layer a lighting scheme within the kitchen to help homeowners create an intimate space and aid in efficiency. Lighting is different from room to room, so checkout the unique combinations that can be added to your kitchen:
Contrast is Good
Create drama by layering the lights throughout the space. It’s a good idea to divide your kitchen into separate zones to determine how each area should be illuminated. This scheme allows your to mix various types of fixtures throughout the kitchen. Install task lights over the sink and prep area to help with cooking meals. Then illuminate the dining space with a decorative fixture that will provide ambient lighting for meals.
As one of the most versatile sources of light in homes, recessed fixtures offer a layer of general lighting that seamlessly blends into any room’s decor. Here, these recessed fixtures have been used for the ceiling spotlights, which are generally the main source of light for most kitchens. Spotlights help illuminate a large amount of space and can be discreet within the ceiling.
When installing undercabinet fixtures, you provide illumination over otherwise shadowy counter surfaces. These lights make it easier for food prep and can easily be hidden. These undercover lights come in three forms, including strip, puck and mini-track. Strip is most common; these linear shaped bulbs offer lots of evenly diffused, shadowless task lighting. Puck, or disc lights, cast pools of light onto counters. The light is softer, which can be more aesthetically pleasing but less beneficial for task purposes. Easy to install track systems consist of miniature low-voltage halogen or xenon bulbs and can be spaced according to the desired effect.
Keep your home green by incorporating more windows into your open plan layout. By combining windows, you allow in ample natural light while capturing views from the outdoors. Therefore, sunshine is the main source of light in the kitchen. At night, you can then utilize the interior lighting scheme that has been installed. Don’t forget to use windows that offer maximum UV protection from interior damage and fading.