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Shed some Light on your Gorgeous New Kitchen!
Because your kitchen is an area of high activity, the use of practical and decorative lighting is vital. As you’re approaching this section of the kitchen, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions to make sure we all get this right.
How much do you want to budget for the kitchen lights? We’re not just referring to the wiring and electrical work, but also the actual light fixtures and bulbs. We will work with you to come up with an actual kitchen lighting plan. We’ll want the plan to include adequate lighting for the architectural and decorative elements in the kitchen; also we’ll need lighting for practicality’s sake. By having a plan, it will help us determine the look we can create with the allotted budget. Even if there are some budget limitations, the great news is that lighting fixtures can always be added to the kitchen at a later date.
After putting together a solid kitchen lighting plan, we’ll need to consider the actual kitchen space. This is important because it will help us to determine the amount of lighting needed and whether or not there are specific areas of the kitchen that will need more or possibly less lighting. A kitchen can actually have multiple lighting options apart from the standard central light. For the most part, the purpose of the kitchen will drive the choice of lighting in addition to the countertop space, dining table, and kitchen appliances.
Good lighting in a kitchen is not only important for the overall aesthetics, but also for the room’s functionality. We take a layered lighting approach to each kitchen to account for the different types of kitchen activities. The different types of lighting include the following:
Task lighting- this approach will actually light up a specific area of the kitchen, commonly used for food preparation. Since there are many accidents that can occur in the kitchen, task lighting helps illuminate the area and hopefully prevent these mishaps.
Ambient Lighting- this type of lighting is best described as a nice warm glow, which creates a welcome atmosphere to those coming and going from the kitchen. Ambient lighting can help to reduce shadows in the room and give it a brighter look and feel. The best place for this lighting can be on top of wall cabinets or in areas of the ceiling that are layered.
Accent Lighting- this type of lighting will add depth to your kitchen. Accent lighting is generally used to highlight decorative kitchen items like a display case. Generally you’ll see accent lighting illuminating glassware, art prints, and tableware.
Decorative Lighting- this type of lighting can actually be used for many functional purposes. Generally when you see decorative lighting, you’ll also see high end lighting fixtures. The decorative approach can really add a stylish effect to your kitchen and improve the overall aesthetics.