Illuminate your Kitchen
Proper kitchen lighting is the key ingredient to a functional and friendly atmosphere. Whether you prefer traditional fixtures or favor a funky and more contemporary style, it's important to understand the three main types of lighting in order to successfully highlight the best areas of your kitchen.
This is often referred to as main lighting because it describes the overall illumination of the room. While some kitchens rely on a single overhead light, such as a chandelier, other kitchens feature a series of pendant lights that are both functional and decorative.
Hanging pendant fixtures over an island, table or sink will distribute light throughout the room and facilitate easy food preparation and cooking. Use the dimensions of the kitchen as a reference point when selecting the size and length of pendant lights.
Task lighting is a vital component and should remain a priority when making upgrades. These lights can be found under cabinets, in drawers, in the pantry and anywhere else where they might help you complete a task. Add lights under cabinets for times when you wish to have light on the countertops without turning everything on. Place lights in drawers to make it easier to find hard-to-reach utensils.
The purpose of accent lighting is to emphasize the details of the kitchen - art, china, glassware, tile backsplash - that you wish to draw attention to. This can be done with accent lights that will emphasize an item or with small cabinet lights that will show off pieces on display.