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How To Pick The Perfect Lighting For Your Kitchen

When I was choosing lighting for my kitchen, I look at the overall design and all the finishes. I was going for a minimal look but I wanted my lights to make a statement. I kept the backsplash and wall colors white but added some coastal charm which was my main theme throughout the home. Here is a guide on how to pick the perfect lighting for your kitchen.

Lighting is a wonderful way to affect the mood. It definitely can make space feel warm and inviting. I love lots of lighting in my home, so when I was designing my home I wanted lots of windows that created ambient lighting that would make the kitchen come alive.

There are so many types of light for the kitchen area, task, accent, decorative, ambient and pendants.

  • Accent lighting focuses light on a particular area or object. It is often used to highlight the artwork. Examples of accent lights include wall sconces, floodlights, recessed lights or track lighting.
  •  Task lighting refers to a non-movable light such as several recessed lights, under cabinet lighting to provide lighting onto the counters for cutting and preparing food.
  •  Ambient light is natural light, either outdoors or coming through windows.
  • Pendant light fixtures normally are 50 pounds or less decorative hanging lights.
  • Decorative lighting is the statement lighting of the space such as an elegant chandelier, or dramatic pendants.

The lights I choose are considered large pendant lights 24 Butte 24 inch cone shape light by Rejuvenation and they are also considered decorative lighting. They were clean, geometric shapes and metal material. To keep the coastal decor throughout I kept an organic feel with light wood cafe-style stools and light color wood floors.

I kept accent lighting in the ceiling such as recessed “can” lights. The task lighting was under the oven hood and over the sink area and above the cabinet.

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  1. Maria this really clears up a lot for me. I need some new lighting in my dining room which is now dark and dingy. Your analysis will really help the process along.

  2. Thank you for posting this, Maria, as we have some undercounter lighting (little shop lights left by the previous owners) and a can for other the sink and another over the cooktop with other can lighting. Our kitchen is on the north side of the house and I see we need brighter lights. Can you recommend better lighted bulbs? Would daylights be better? My guess is that these are soft-white. The walls are also a tan. On the list to paint this summer/next fall. 🙂

    Thank you for a timely post!
    Barb 🙂

    1. IT all depends on your cans, we have smaller cans which and use the light bulbs that last a lifetime. Here is a guide from lowes that I use. Depending on the age of your house, I think you must have larger cans, I would definitely get cans that have soft lighting, its better for overall ambiance

  3. I love me some lighting tips. Pendants lights are some of my favorites. I try and incorporate older fixtures with newer hardware. Our house is almost 200 years old and lighting the rooms is always a challenge. Great post.

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