KITCHEN Lighting 101
Your kitchen is the space where you prepare, chop, slice, entertain, indulge and clean. You want to be able to set the stage for any condition and what is worse than not being able to see what your doing?!
Let us start off by saying if you think you have enough lighting… always add more.
With the basic facts we’ve set out below, going into a lighting store won’t be as daunting. Or better yet, work with a professional Kitchen Designer for all the help you need for a stress free reno!
All you need to know are a few lighting rules to get you through a successful design and brighten up your day!
NATURAL LIGHT: ↑
Whether it be natural light pouring in through your windows, doors or skylights, ensure you are utilizing as much natural light in your kitchen and entire home as possible.
If you are planning a re-model, ensure the layout is surrounded by that main door or window in your kitchen and if at all possible, add in a skylight above your prep station. Another great way to add natural light, is tearing out a wall to add a sense of openness and in turn add more light from other rooms. Keep blinds, shades and curtains white or sheer to bring in light while keeping privacy.
TASK LIGHTING: ↓
We know this as under cabinet lighting or pendants hanging over and island. Although these can be very beautiful, there initial job is to light up your prep station so chopping and slicing becomes a less dangerous task.
Also, ensure there is enough lighting above your sink, for easier clean up when your guests have all gone home for the night., or maybe they'll love your kitchen so much, they'll offer to help!
Adding in dimmers to each type of lighting used, can create just the mood you are looking for.
AMBIENT LIGHTING: ↓
You guessed it, ambient light can change the mood of your entire kitchen with a flick of a switch, or turn of a dimmer. Although ambient light can add enough light to see the entire room, it can create shadows over your task, if not planned correctly. Hence why under cabinet lighting is so important, assuming you want to keep all your fingers?
Adding in recessed pot lights is a great way to brighten up your kitchen while creating a sense of height. Another great way to add height is installing above cabinet lighting, if the cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling.
The kitchen has become the hub of the entertainment zone for many homeowners. Once dinner is ready and on the table, simply switch over to some less invasive ambient lights, to set the mood and create a more relaxed space to enjoy your evening. Think about how much more relaxed you are in a dim and calming environment. Ahh!
TIP: Once your kitchen layout has been determined, create a lighting plan or RCP (Recessed Ceiling Plan) with your Kitchen Designer BEFORE the cabinets are installed. Your electrician will need to work with these plans for the proper layout and lighting to be fulfilled.
Yet another reason to always work with a professional…
Reach out to one of our Kitchen Designers today: http://www.jamesriverkitchens.com/company.html
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