You will spend a lot of time with your kitchen designer selecting kitchen cabinets, choosing between granite, silestone, and other countertops, and deciding on which appliances and flooring you would like. Kitchen lighting might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you picture your new kitchen, but lighting is one of the best ways to make a kitchen stand out. Kitchen lighting can be more than just functional – it can also be dramatic.
Dramatic lighting is not just for the stage – it also enhances your new kitchen’s décor and sets its mood. At Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths we’ll discuss kitchen lighting with you during the kitchen design phase of the kitchen remodeling process. We have dual lighting in some of our displays to demonstrate cool vs warm light, various switching from door activated to a switch to a motion switch. Schedule an appointment to discuss with a designer not just your new kitchen but how to light it for dramatic effect.
Our designers have put together short descriptions of the four kinds of lighting we use in our kitchen lighting designs to start giving you ideas of how to light your kitchen. If you have any questions about kitchen lighting ideas, contact us and one of our designers will discuss with you what we can do for you and your kitchen
Ambient lighting is just one of four types of strokes for your kitchen canvas. This kind of lighting fills the room and provides the kitchen’s background lighting. Sources of ambient, or general, lighting can be series of recessed or surface-mounted light fixtures. When thinking of kitchen lighting ideas, the key is to recognize that ambient lighting is the backdrop of the rest of the kitchen lighting design and therefore should be inconspicuous.
Task lighting illuminates the spaces where you do the work of the kitchen: cooking, cleaning, storing, and entertaining. Under-cabinet lighting is especially good for task lighting because it directly illuminates the working section of your counter without any shadows getting in the way. It’s best to run the under-cabinet lighting down the entire length of the cabinetry to provide even, balanced lighting. Recessed spotlights that light up specific areas like your sink or oven range are also great examples of task lighting.
Over your kitchen island, on the other hand, you might choose art glass pendant lighting for its high form and function. And task lighting can even be very helpful inside your cabinets – if you’ve ever spent more time than you’d like to admit looking for that special ingredient in the recesses of your shelves, you understand how helpful it can be. Finally, it’s important to install a separate light switch for task lighting fixtures so that they are not on the same circuit as the ambient lighting. By using multiple switches and dimmers you can better control the mood of the room’s lighting.
This is often the most overlooked kind of kitchen lighting, which is unfortunate because it is the most dramatic. Accent lighting draws attention to particular elements of your kitchen. You should decide on one or two features of the room that are truly special like a picture, painting, or sentimental object that will give a sense of character to your kitchen. Accent lighting includes both above- and interior-cabinet lighting that add dimension to your kitchen. Accent interior-cabinet lighting, for instance, can take the form of small recessed lights that direct their light down through glass shelving. Another way of creating accent lighting inside a cabinet is to use a track of small LED fixtures around the inside of the cabinet’s front. Above-cabinet accent lighting is great for rooms with higher ceilings, especially when decorative items are placed on top.
Contrary to accent lighting, which draws attention to an object or surface, decorative lighting draws attention to itself. The historic epitome of decorative lighting is the chandelier, though chandeliers are not often used in kitchens. The art pendant lighting used earlier as an example of task lighting is also an example of decorative lighting. But decorative lighting’s primary purpose is not attraction but distraction. Chandeliers, for example, call for your attention and draw your eye to the ceiling. You can use this same principle of decorative lighting in light fixtures over your kitchen island or counters. These decorative light fixtures will draw attention to themselves as well as draw attention away from the clutter that might gather on the surfaces beneath them.
Contact one of our kitchen designers to learn about other great kitchen lighting ideas we have.
Each of our designers have had specialized training in Kitchen Design through NKBA, SEN or ASID, not only in style and structure, but in function and arrangement as well. Unlike many Kitchen and Bath companies, we are not a retail store. We are a design, build, and remodeling company, a licensed contractor in Maryland, The District of Columbia and Virginia. So whether you live in DC, Bethesda, Potomac, Olney, Silver Spring, Woodley Park, Adams Morgan Capitol Hill or anywhere else in the region, Signature KAB can design a Great kitchen, addition, or bath for your home. Not only that, but we can also develop permit-able drawings, process the plans to permit, move the walls, floors and ceilings, install lighting, plumbing, tile, and floor. We can even build the house for you if you would like! So give us a call at: 301-251-1880. You can also email the owner, Gary Case, at Gcase@signaturekab.com.
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