KITCHEN LIGHTING: 10 Do’s and Don’ts

In every home, whether it’s a new home, a remodeling, or if you are are looking to make a change in your old home, lighting is an ESSENTIAL aspect of highlighting the great features of your space… Your kitchen, in particular, stands as a pillar of entertainment, cooking and serving those that are in your home. That is why you should choose wisely when it comes to picking and KEEPING the lighting in your home. We are breaking down all of the DO’s and DON’Ts of lighting in your kitchen and your home.

DO

Use LED lighting. Not only is LED lighting better for you, energy-efficient, and reduces heat emissions but this kind of lighting is also for the ease of maintenance and long-life use.

DON’T

Use TOO MUCH recessed lighting. If you OVER light an area in your home, it can be too powerful. In the case of recessed lighting, less is more!

DO

Layer light! Layered lighting illuminates your kitchen and also has the ability to eliminate unwanted shadows. This way, you can also choose which layer of light you would like when you don’t need a fully lit area.

DON’T

Forget about lighting underneath your cabinets! This is perfect for task lighting, uses small, convenient lights that can be hidden and ALSO doubles as a perfect visual addition.

DO

Take advantage of lamps and chandeliers! These two fixtures are a great addition to your kitchen. They are not only for dining rooms, anymore. Lamps such as mini, floor or table are great additions to add style and something different to your room.

DON’T

Forget about DIMMERS! Dimmers not only give ambiance to ANY room, but it is a great thing to have. It saves energy by not using as much electricity and also is more flattering when trying to set a mood or when trying to pick your perfect brightness for your kitchen,

DO

Add group pendants over your island! This adds extra brightness to your island by adding task lighting and highlights your counter space.

DON’T

Mix color-temperature. It is very easy to off-put lighting in a kitchen. If you start mixing different types of lights like LED, incandescent and halogen lights together, your room will result in a variety of different tones and colors that will be very unpleasant to the eyes. Stick to similar temperatures to avoid inconsistency.

DO

Think of lights as a decoration aspect! Just like lamps, chandeliers and other accents for your kitchen, lighting itself is a form of decoration. You can show off these other accents by taking advantage of a good lighting set-up.

DON’T

SETTLE! Lighting can make or break a room, especially a kitchen. Nothing is more appealing than walking into a home and seeing a well-lit kitchen, so DON’T SETTLE when it comes to your own! Like layering, be sure to have additional light sources by taking it to the next level and have more than just a single overhead light.