Big ticket items such as countertops, cabinets, and even tiles often get prioritized during a kitchen remodeling project. But ask any designer, and they will tell you that lighting is essential to every space, especially a functional one like the kitchen. With so many different lighting options – pendants, chandeliers, recessed lights, sconces – how do you decide what to go for? Here are 5 tips on how to choose the best kitchen lighting to keep it comfortable, functional and beautiful.
1. Use the Right Colour Temperatures
The kitchen serves many purposes – food preparation, cooking, entertaining, etc. Therefore, you need to make sure you have the right lights for each purpose. Cooler bulbs (typically with a colour temperature of around 4100K) are great to light up areas where you need to see what you’re doing. Task lighting for your chopping area or under counter lighting would be suited to this light temperature. Warmer bulbs (typically with a colour temperature of around 3500K) give off a cozy and relaxing vibe making this temperature perfect for areas where you and your guest typically congregate. For example, VISO’s decorative pendants used with warmer bulbs would be a great decorative piece for entertaining in your kitchen with cheese and wine!
To get the most out of your kitchen lighting, be sure to use light bulbs that provide the right colour temperature and fixtures that provide the correct light angles to make sure you create a space that fits all your needs.
2. Use a Dimmer
Feeling a bit daunted by all the different lights you’ll need for just one room? Don’t worry. You don’t need a light for every task or areas. Many lights can pull double duty when paired with the right fixture. Another way to get around needing so many lights is to use a dimmer. This will allow one light to be adjusted to meet a specific need throughout the day. Turn up the light when you are doing food prep and then dim it down when you are done.
VISO offers a range of dimmable lighting options that can help create a magnificent kitchen space. Discover our full collection here.
3. Add Your Own Personality
Speaking of fixtures, an eye catching pendant light or chandelier can add a touch of your personality to the space. Choose something that speaks to you. Like food, lighting design is a reflection of your personality so have some fun with it. Choose a colourful fixture, like our Martini light pendant, to add a pop of colour to a monochromatic kitchen. Or add a cluster of our H2Os to create a unique geometric shape above your island. The best kitchen lighting is one that you love!
4. Match the Style of Your Home
With today’s open floor plans, the kitchen can often merge into your other common areas. So, it is important to make sure that the style of lighting you choose for the kitchen compliments the adjacent rooms. It doesn’t need to match exactly but keep a theme going so that things flow from room to room.
5. Don’t Overdo It
The kitchen is supposed to be an open and welcoming space. Don’t get caught up with adding a lot of lights thinking you need it all to light up the space. Choose a single pendant or chandelier showpiece and then support your other lighting needs with pot or down lights in strategic areas. Remember: less is more!
Lighting for your kitchen serves both an aesthetic and functional purpose. The best kitchen lighting will be one that fits the size and scope of your own space. So, play around with your options and find the solution that best fits your needs.
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