Given the many uses of the room as a social space and transit area, food preparation and cooking hub and display area for decoration, a well-lit kitchen is a must. Your next kitchen remodeling should prioritize lighting.
In addition to improving overall space visibility, proper lighting makes it easier and faster to store or retrieve items in high or low cabinets, allows you to slice and dice with greater safety and accuracy and can even make a space-hungry kitchen look and feel bigger.
While many homeowners cite a lack of natural light as the culprit behind their dim kitchen, the problem can be added to by artificial illumination of the wrong type or location.
Form and Function
It is clever to consider everything from function and fixture to the type of light bulbs you use when refurbishing lighting design, even for your other rooms when you arrange a bedroom or bath remodeling. To ensure optimum illumination for all your needs, solutions to common kitchen lighting challenges are available.
Ideally, your kitchen should feature fixtures falling into the following categories: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. A layered approach that incorporates all three types provides the right lighting level for a kitchen’s different uses. It also helps to minimize shadows, often resulting from the exclusive use of overhead lighting and glare, which can only result from the use of bright task lighting.
The kitchen’s ambient light fixtures include recessed lights mounted in shallow ceiling openings, flush-mount or semi-flush-mount fixtures that attach to the ceiling a small or large gap between the fixture and the ceiling, respectively and chandeliers or lanterns that hang from the ceiling by a chain.
Task light fixtures include ceiling hanging pendant lights and multi-bulb LED strips or LED tape that mounts or sticks inside or on your kitchen cabinets, cabinets or drawers. Underground lighting is ideal for countertop lighting
Lastly, accent light fixtures include cove lights built into the ceiling and puck lights — low-profile, round lights mounting on or inside cabinets. This is also a good feature to incorporate in your next exterior remodeling.
Adding Natural Light
Remodeling your kitchen to include a natural ambient light source such as a skylight or one or more windows, apart from artificial lighting, can give the room extra warmth and fill any gaps in the light coverage of your artificial light fixtures. There will often be vacant spots even in a packed kitchen where you can install a window.
Whether you’re updating an old kitchen or adding a whole new room, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids is the custom design and remodeling firm you can trust. Call us today at