Whether you are completely redesigning your kitchen or you are simply trying to get a little bit more light where you prepare your food, it is useful to get design ideas for how to change up your kitchen lighting from experienced lighting design and installation professionals. At Expert Electric, we are always ready to offer our insight into what kind of lighting solutions might work for our clients’ homes and, to that end, here are 5 kitchen lighting design ideas that could work for a wide variety of types of homes.
5 Great Design Ideas for Kitchen Lighting
The right lighting design can make a world of difference for any kitchen. Lights can be used to make a small space feel bigger, accentuate certain design features, set an ambience, and offer better visibility to a workspace. Some ideas for kitchen lighting design include:
1. Add a Feature Fixture
Many kitchens have the space to add in a feature fixture that looks great and draws the eye. These fixtures are typically chandeliers or a collection of pendant lights. Because these fixtures are so visible, they typically set the tone for the rest of a kitchen’s lighting design. Make sure you go with something that reflects your home’s overall aesthetic. The best spot for these fixtures is usually over an island, counter peninsula, or kitchen table.
2. Add Options for Ambient Light
Extra ambient lighting options can be a great way to create an awesome ambience for entertaining guests. Ambient lighting is the main source of light in most kitchens, as it is good to have options to alter the amount of light or the source of light being provided during certain times. Ambient lights typically take the form of potlights, sconce lights, or track lights. Having a combination of these lights that are on separate circuits and dimmer switches can give you options for different events and times of the day.
3. Match the Lighting Temperature to Your Home
When looking at light bulbs and fixtures (especially when working with LEDs) it is important to consider the type or colour of light that is being given. Soft or warm light will go better with a more rustic or homey feel, while a cool or white light will work with a home that has a modern or industrial aesthetic.
4. Play with Accent Lights
Accent lights are not usually necessary, but they can produce a beautiful effect in a kitchen. Putting down lights under the counter or up lights on top of cabinets can be a great way to complete your kitchen’s look. Lights used inside of cabinets with glass doors can allow you to display cookware or china, and toe lighting can be used to illuminate walkways.
5. Be Creative with Task Lighting
Although most task lighting is straightforward and does not have much in the way of flair, it is possible to jazz up task lighting in certain areas. Cabinet lights are the most common option for task lighting, but pendant lights can be used in many spaces to spruce things up and add something to look at.
If you would like to discuss these 5 kitchen lighting design ideas, or to find out more about the lighting and electrical services we offer, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.