When it comes time to change the old light fixtures in your house, or you get to start from scratch with a new house, give some careful thought to kitchen lighting. Think about where you plan to do the most work. Also, what else will be going on in this popular room: home work? Tea parties and coffee klatches with girlfriends? Does someone you sit at the table doing cross stitch while watching TV? All of these situations require adequate lighting.
People often gravitate towards this room for cups of tea or coffee. Friends gather for a chat. Strangers sit here with tea while you call a tow truck or kids do their homework at the table to be close to mom while she cooks.
This adequate lighting should let you see the knife as it slices vegetables or enable a child to focus on homework done at the table. A little research will lead consumers to modern fixtures featuring straight lines and frosted white glass with a choice of metallic finish to match your overall decor. Stretch to higher end styles such as crystals and ornamental glass or stick to basic pendants, but make sure the glow will show.
Far from the days of bulky fixtures in amber tones that muted light quality, lighting fixtures can be works of art in their own right. Just ensure these fixtures do not compete with others to create a claustrophobic effect. Each aspect of design should compliment the next, whether that be tiling on floors and ceilings, paint color or furniture.
Some under counter lighting, while discreet, gives off just enough glow to lead the weary in the early hours of a dark morning or at night, when you need a cup of chamomile tea to fall asleep. They fit inside or underneath cupboards with glass doors. Use them as a gallery would its lighting to showcase works of art. In this case, your pieces might include kindergarten pottery or finger painting by precious little ones.
Remember the ceiling fan too. This requires yet more careful consideration of interior design. Not only will you want to pair the light fixture to existing style; the fan itself needs to match color and design. Explore ceiling fans made with single or cluster lighting.
Whether for food preparation, presentation or even as an eating station with bar stools, islands add a stylish quality to the large kitchen. Here you can spread out your work like a professional chef if the lighting is right. As an artistic addition in its own right, your island deserves good lighting that shows off modern counter top materials and lets you see the knife while chopping veggies. Dangle ornate umbrella shapes or modern styles with sharp lines, just so long as the glow shows off your investment to good effect.
Kitchen track lighting offers versatility along with practical application. While attractive to look at, these lighting options also allow consumers to spotlight a high use area. Add lights or change their position and direction depending on where you need a special glow at a given time.