Kitchen Lighting Design Ideas

Most people tend not to bother with the lighting design of their kitchens because it always seems to be the last thing that comes to mind. However, little do we realize that the kitchen is actually a place we visit very often everyday, most of the time to grab a drink, prepare a meal or to wash the dishes.

With that said, a good lighting setup in the kitchen is really important, and it’s all about placing the right type of lighting in the right position. The most common mistake done by many homeowners is relying too much on ceiling mounted fixtures to light up the entire kitchen. Additional lights should be installed on different areas of the kitchen to provide a good level of lighting.

Not to forget, natural sunlight is always the best source of lighting at daytime, so make sure your kitchen windows are in the right spot and use window coverings such as kitchen shutters or blinds if you want to control the amount of exterior light coming in. Otto's Windows and Doors suggests you make sure your windows are energy efficient so you can save money every month on your electric bill.

Not to forget, natural sunlight is always the best source of lighting at daytime, so make sure your kitchen windows are in the right spot and use window coverings such as kitchen shutters or blinds if you want to control the amount of exterior light coming in.

Now below I’ll explain some of the varieties of kitchen lightings, which hopefully will be useful to your kitchen building and remodeling project:

Ambient Lighting

Creates a warm and welcoming feeling to those who enter the kitchen. Ambient lights are best placed above the cabinet while not reaching up to the ceiling. They are great for most kitchen designs with kitchen fans and are widely used in modern homes.

Task Lightings

These lights can provide a good amount of brightness to aid all your kitchen works be it reading recipe books or chopping up vegetables. They are best placed right over a person's head and in between the working surface. You’ll usually find task lights installed right under the wall cabinet unit in many homes.

Accent Lightings

When you have collectibles or glassware kept inside a glass cabinet, you can always highlight them with accent lighting. This concept of accent lighting can be used in just about anywhere in your house to illuminate your displays.

If you have to work within your budget, you don’t have to buy an entire set of lightings. Just take them one at a time.