The kitchen is often the most functional and social room in the household, so if you are undertaking a kitchen renovation, you will want to make sure your new kitchen is properly lighted. There are a few fundamental rules when you are choosing lighting for your kitchen. Read on to learn the basic tenets of effective kitchen lighting.
- Keep it natural. The kitchen is meant to be an open, breezy room that is pleasurable to spend time in, whether you are cooking, eating, or just socializing. To accomplish this feel, you must achieve as much natural light as possible in your kitchen. Use filmy curtains over your windows that let the light in, and pick light paint colors (such as yellow) that reflect the sunshine instead of absorbing it. Mirrors are a great way to open up a small kitchen, so place mirrors around the room to give it a more spacious feel.
- Overhead lighting is best. Track lighting is a great way to brighten up your kitchen—make sure you get bright overhead lighting for evening and night cooking. Many people prefer adjustable lighting—this way, you’re in charge of how bright it is in your kitchen.
- Leave no places dark. Don’t leave pockets of kitchen space unlighted—make sure that all corners are illuminated. Wall sconces are an inexpensive and tasteful way of achieving this goal, and if you have counter space that escapes the light of your overhead lighting, there are lights you can easily install on the undersides of your cabinets so you can see well while chopping vegetables or reading a cookbook.
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