So much of family life happens in and around the kitchen area of a home, doesn't it? Whether you are building a new home from scratch, remodeling your kitchen completely, or simply wanting to make a few improvements, remember to give a lot of thought and study to the type of lighting you choose for one of your most important rooms.
Recessed lighting has been the standard in recent years for creating an overall blanket of light, but it does very little to emphasize and provide illumination to specific work or gathering areas where it is most needed. This is why it's important to have a very detailed plan of how you want to build or change your kitchen.
Counter tops, sinks, cooking surfaces and eating areas are the places which need additional lighting, and there are many stylish ways to make that happen.
Many modern kitchens have a large island area which is home to a range cooking area and casual dining. Pendant lighting is a great option here because the fixtures hang low and provide excellent visibility. They also look great! Today's pendant lighting suits any style of kitchen since they come in a wide variety of styles, materials, and finishes. They can come with a single light, or two. The possibilities are practically endless.
Besides cooking and dining areas, it's important to properly light other work surfaces as well. Lights below cabinets will provide spotlight illumination to your counter tops and may even help prevent kitchen accidents as a result. Above cabinet lighting is an option which is strictly for aesthetics. If you are installing or refinishing beautiful cabinetry, these lights will make them look stunning; they will also help dispel shadowed areas on the ceiling.
Other activities happen in the kitchen area besides cooking, baking and eating. Many families have computer desk areas built in where they do a lot of work. You may also have a TV located somewhere in your kitchen. You'll need to take special care that essential kitchen lights do not cause an inconvenient glare on your screens.
Blanket lighting does not need to be recessed, of course. Properly placed global lighting comes in many attractive modern styles and finishes. The combination of blanket fixtures, spot fixtures, and natural lighting can help to make your kitchen a functional, warm, and welcoming place. Consulting a lighting professional and working with reputable companies will help to ensure that the work will be done right and that you will be thrilled with the results.
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