The modern kitchen has become more versatile and utilitarian than ever before. It is no longer just a room for actual meal preparations and cooking; it has become an activity area suitable for entertaining guests and doing remote work. For the kitchen to be both beautiful and functional, it must have the right balance of lighting to get you on the right track to accomplish the day’s tasks.
As one of the leading design and build contractors in the area, we offer these tips to help you choose the right lighting fixtures for your kitchen.
Know Your Lighting
There are three types of lighting you need to know about. Ambient lighting is your kitchen’s main source of lighting. Chandeliers, flush mounts, recessed lighting and pendant lights are some examples. Task lighting such as strip and puck lights illuminates work surfaces and cabinetry so you can safely prepare meals and reach for items. Accent lighting is meant to accentuate your kitchen’s focal points. This includes your toe kick and cabinet lights.
Start With Overhead Lighting
If you are tackling a kitchen remodeling project, be sure to include lighting in your list of priorities. Begin with overhead lighting, which reinforces the natural light that your kitchen already receives. Pendants are a worthy addition if your floor plan includes an island. For galley-style kitchens, a row of semi-flush mount lights works best.
Incorporate layers of support lighting around your overhead lighting to highlight specific areas of your kitchen. This will make your space functional and illuminates the tasks you’ll be performing most. Aside from the island, pay attention to your kitchen sink and dining nook for layered lighting.
Choose the Right Finish
Depending on the light fixtures, the finishes you select for your faucets, cabinet drawer handles and knobs, and other kitchen fixtures can give them a different look. Brass tones provide a warm vibe to the whole space, while oil-rubbed bronze creates contrast and precision. For a more streamlined and contemporary appearance, consider polished chrome or nickel.
Reliable Remodeling has a team of customer-focused staff and subcontractors who have the know-how to ensure that your project is completed within your project. Count on us for your home interior projects, including kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Call us today at (205) 988-9194 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.