One thing common in most kitchen upgrades these days is an increased emphasis on kitchen lighting. Proper lighting creates a charismatic ambience. It helps too in making the kitchen functional, i.e. providing for you a well-illuminated area where you can actually see what you are doing and ensure there are no accidents.
Before pondering over the type of lighting designs that you can have, some factors that you need to cover are the length of the ceiling, extent of the natural light pouring in, placement of windows, and the position of your countertop and kitchen island. The larger the kitchen space, the larger the lights you would need.
Interior-Deluxe: How can I make mood lighting possible in my kitchen? In what manner is it different from decorative lighting?
You can create the perfect mood for your kitchen by setting up your lights using from a number of ingenious and elegant ideas out there. You don’t have to overdo it. For example, you can highlight some exclusive object on a shelf or maybe have lights inside your glass-fronted cabinets. You can install fixtures under the overhead cabinets or over the island to create the backsplash effect and avoid shadows from covering your work quarters. The halogen, fluorescent and incandescent lights are available in different configurations and wattages. Install them near the cabinet’s front edge and, if possible, in continuous contour LED strip and with frosted lenses over the bulbs in case you have shiny countertops.
Since improvement does not necessarily suggest more lighting but rather flexible lighting, the option of dimmers is a technological blessing. It lets you enjoy all three functions of the kitchen lighting: overall illumination with the highest wattage bulbs, task lighting for chopping up vegetables or putting away groceries, and of course accent lighting for setting the mood especially if it’s a romantic dinner you are planning. The design and size of these lights and their shades also play a role in mood regulation.
On the other hand, decorative lighting calls for lighting up the whole space emphasizing not only the color scheme and the kitchen design but also the illumination of the social flow from the other rooms. Ceiling lights and pendants dominate this fashion. Where (mini) pendants give this really cool aura, fulfilling both aspects of purpose and beauty. Over a sink or island, overhead light sources make sure that the lighting has a uniform spread. The latter also have the advantage of using fluorescent bulbs to make the lighting brighter.
Some people also prefer using crystal finials tend to make your kitchen distinct and handsome, so maybe you can try those. Decorative lighting is directly related to the kitchen size and you might like to consider the scale of the fixture and the opacity of shade material. It’s the most expensive scheme and therefore require proper planning on your part.
What are some of the latest trends in kitchen lighting?
These days, LED lights are in. From sconces to ultrathin chandeliers, its various applications are increasingly being used both for function and for the vivid artistry.Lighting is now considered more in terms of its aesthetic appeals and taken as adornments for the place. The pairing and use of mini pendants in clusters is becoming the individual’s style of making a dramatic statement. When compared to the chandeliers, they are quickly becoming the focal point of the kitchen. Whether it is for task lighting over an island or a dining area, they are used in stunning and interesting arrangements, the more important ones being those in circular or orb-like shapes. The popular materials feature wood, crystals, or beads. Even though in some places the spark still relies on chandeliers, pendants are used to allow them to complement the style and not withhold the view for the occupants. Those with an old-fashioned look give an antique resonance to a modern kitchen. However, it would be an understatement to their value if I do not agree to the fact that high-gloss kitchen cabinets coupled with crystal chandeliers indeed make for an imperial style.
Other ideas that are inspiring kitchen lighting nowadays includes the mix-and-match scheme for light fixtures. Apart from an eclectic impression, it can also be used to signify the evolutionary experience of your kitchen. Vintage style is approved of when it lets your lighting add the desired weightage contrasting a gentle background or be in harmony to its rugged charm. To have different layers of light (ambient, task, decorative and accent) effectively flooding your kitchen is still heavily stressed.
Interior-Deluxe: Lamps in kitchen – Is this idea even heard of?
You can install track lighting in your kitchen if you feel that that’s what is missing to light your main working spaces. This could, for example, be around the perimeter, adjusted to show up and accent the light for the areas in use. You can further add lights inside cabinets specifically those in corner units. These lights are available in high- and low-voltage halogen, incandescent and florescent fixtures. The wide variety of highly focused units, besides adapted for pendant, mood, and general lighting, can be used for task lighting too.
Note that they are not installed in line with the work areas so that they are blocked nor are they positioned to shine in your eyes directly. Instead, make sure they are set at the sides and angled towards the largest spot available. This would let them remain prominent, complementing the area, and not interfering with the cabinet doors.
What function can track lighting serve in a kitchen?
Yes, for some it does exist. Adding the nook lighting feature, lamps identify with a touch of both intimacy and an elegant class. They can be floor lamps or you can have them on the counter even if you like.