Tons of thought gets put into creating the perfect lighting for your kitchen. As the centerpiece of your home, it tends to require different lighting compared to the rest of the rooms. Not only do you have to make sure that it looks good aesthetically, but you also have to consider the practicality.
Warm and welcoming lighting for your kitchen can amplify its looks tenfold, but making sure that there’s enough light to work with to prepare meals is also a requirement. Here are a few tips that can help you find the best lighting for your kitchen.
Don’t Overcompensate—Know The Measurements
One large lightbulb is not enough to cover all of the nook and crannies in your kitchen! There’s appropriate lighting for everything based on the size of the space you want to illuminate. This is why measuring all of the islands and countertops in your kitchen is crucial.
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but having multiple small lights is also inefficient. Try to strike a balance between different bulb and shade design sizes.
Take Note of Spacing
Another thing that most people tend to overlook (pun intended) is the space between the ceiling lights and your kitchen counter. The golden ratio of space between your kitchen’s light fixture’s lowest point and the counter is between 30 to 32 inches of space.
This height perfectly illuminates the entire kitchen counter and the area around it. It also looks aesthetically pleasing, and you don’t have to worry about hitting your head on the light fixtures while you’re busy making dinner.
Get Creative—Layer Your Lights
Don’t be afraid to get creative when selecting light fixtures, chandeliers, and different lamps! Expressing yourself in your design and lighting choices is how you place an identity on your kitchen. You still need to revolve your design around a general theme, but playing around with different light sources can still give your kitchen a personality.
Combining ambient lighting with task lighting gives you both practicality and aesthetics in one. If you want to go all out, using accent lighting can further enhance the visuals of your kitchen. Plan it all out and make sure that you can create a cohesive design that works for you.
Taking Advantage of Wall Space
Does your kitchen’s wall look empty? Using a sconce light as an accent or task light can amplify your kitchen’s looks if the space allows it. It also makes use of dead space that can make your kitchen look empty and desolate.
Sconce lights can also be used as a task light if you have an area that needs one! As long as you have enough wall space and it doesn’t mess with the rest of the kitchen’s lighting, you can add as many as you want.
Choosing Your Kitchen’s Centerpiece
Every room has a focal point that you want your guests to focus on when they step inside. Choose the centerpiece of your kitchen by illuminating it the most. The most obvious centerpiece choice is the main countertop.
As long as the focal point of your choice isn’t the dirty dishes in your sink, anywhere will do. Focus on where you want your guests to look and where the magic of cooking occurs. Integrating a centerpiece will make designs a lot easier as well. You can choose a design based on your focal point and build around it.
We’ve given you our top tips, and now it’s your turn to turn your dream kitchen into reality! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and express yourself through your kitchen remodeling project. Take bold risks, and they will pay off in the future. Take the first step to a better-looking and better-functioning kitchen now.