At LightStyles in Cornelius, there’s nothing we love more than helping a client find the perfect light fixtures. If you’re building a new home or renovating the one you currently live in, then come to our showroom today to see what we have to offer. With our selection of fixtures from brands such as Quoizel, Kichler, and Hinkley, you can find the perfect options.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at your new kitchen lighting design and how you can find fixtures that fit your vision. If you have questions after you’ve read it, then please don’t hesitate to contact us right away!
Layering Your Lighting
In any room of your home, you want to layer your lighting. This means that you have a balance of ambient, accent, and task lighting. Ambient refers to the general lighting in a room, and accent and task are fairly self-explanatory. When it comes to your kitchen, you’ll likely have a mixture of ambient and task lighting, with some accent lighting in certain places.
New Ambient Lighting
If you have an older kitchen, then you may have lived with a standard flush or semi-flush mount light for many years. This fixture provides just enough light for the room, but it doesn’t make a statement. With a new ambient fixture such as a mini chandelier or a large pendant, you can create a focal point while also improving the room’s general lighting.
Recessed lighting can also provide ambient light in the kitchen, but you’ll want to make sure there aren’t too many recessed fixtures in the room. If there are, your ceiling can begin to look a bit too pockmarked, and the room may feel too bright and too sterile. You’ll definitely want to avoid the mistake of having your recessed lights be the only source of ambient lighting in the space.
New Task Lighting
The main purpose of any kitchen is to cook. If you love to chop, prep, and stir, then you likely spend a lot of your time standing at the counter. When it comes to task lighting, your main source will be under cabinet fixtures. These lights will help you see as you cook and clean, and you can wire them into their own switch or choose battery-operated fixtures.
You’ll also need a task light above the sink for when you’re washing dishes, and this can come in the form of a single hanging light or a directional recessed light. You’ll want to be sure that the light hits the sink area, and that your head doesn’t cast a shadow over the basin.
New Accent Lighting
Accent lighting often comes last in a kitchen design, but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. The pendants above your island can act as task lighting when the kids are doing their homework, but they also function as accent fixtures. If you have a breakfast nook, then adding a large pendant or small chandelier can help brighten the space, and this fixture will act as both an accent and an ambient light.
At LightStyles in Cornelius, we’re here to help you find the perfect kitchen lighting options. If you’re updating your kitchen, or you simply want some inspiration on what you can change in your home, then please visit us today.