Plenty of factors come to play when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. What type of floor should you put in? What layout will be the most efficient? Which kitchen cabinets look and function the best? These questions are just a few of many that often come up with kitchen remodels.
But in the sea of all these questions, there is one that gets drowned out: What are the best options for kitchen lighting?
Too often homeowners realize after the fact that lighting is just as important as the rest of a kitchen. With a little foresight and planning, though, you can make your dream kitchen a reality with the right kind of lighting strategy. Simply follow the tips outlined below.
The Four Layers of Light
Just like the layers of paint in a piece of art, there are layers of light that designers work with. In a nutshell, there are four layers of light:
Accent: This layer adds dimension and depth to your space so your kitchen doesn't look flat. This type of light is known for its "museum effect." Accent fixtures include track lights and recessed adjustable lights.
Ambient: Also known as general lighting or opulent light, ambient light gives a beautiful base layer that softens shadows and fills the room. Opaque wall sconces, pendant fixtures, torchieres, and can lighting are examples of ambient light.
Decorative: This is the "architectural bling" layer that adds interest in a room. Chandeliers and candlestick type wall sconces showcase decorative lighting.
Task: The main purpose for this type of layer is to illuminate work spaces like countertops and pantry closets. Task lighting isn't very pretty by itself, but it's essential to have for any functional kitchen.
Three Qualities to Look for
With the four layers of light, you can use different strategies to draw attention to your kitchen, such as lighting inside or underneath kitchen cabinets for a soft glow. To get the most out of your lighting, though, you'll need to make sure you're using the right type of light bulb. Here are three qualities you should look for when shopping for bulbs:
Color Temperature: Pick a bulb temperature that will blend with the rest of your floor environment. A 2700 to 3000 Kelvin temp works best.
CRI Rating: The CRI scale measures how much color there is in a light bulb. A lower scale is grayer, so a CRI of 80 or more is best.
Energy Star: An Energy Star rated light bulb is proven for its longevity, so you'll get more use out of your lights when you buy these.
Want More Advice? Contact Kitchen Tune-Up!
There are lots of ways to renovate and redecorate to get the kitchen of your dreams. If you're looking for more ideas, feel free to contact us at Kitchen Tune-Up today. Our professional and friendly staff is ready to answer any questions you might have and get you started on your dream kitchen.