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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