Accent lighting provides depth and dimension in a kitchen. They can be used to highlight the glass cabinets that store the China wares, as spot lights, ceiling lights and all kinds of decorative lights that provide both illumination and highlight any specific areas.
Cabinet lights inside or under the cabinets will make the kitchen brighter and accented. Incandescent, fluorescent, and LED lamps are used for this purpose. These lights will highlight the specific work area and will also avoid the shadows from overhead cabinets. Inside the cabinets they help in lighting the glass wares and also make a décor piece.
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Chandeliers are the most sorted after lighting item in kitchens. They are a style statement and one can select the desired type from the endless options available in market. The one thing to note is that choose the chandelier that suits the type of kitchen. A vintage piece will not be good in a modern kitchen and vice versa.
Natural light: Nothing beats the natural light. To allow this make sure that the kitchen has a large window at the right side to brighten the interiors. Place complementary colored décor pieces to make the look perfect. If the kitchen is small and dark in appearance, transform the cabinet doors to that of glass and install a decorative mirror if space permits.
Pendants can be added as uniform pieces or mix n match. The drum pendants, round ones, linear pendants, glass pendants, the options seems to have no stop. There are no rules for the pendant lights and the one you choose is the right one, always. They can accent the island kitchen, dining table or simply hang on either side of the kitchen.
Track lighting: A track lighting bar in a kitchen allows you to have spot lights at different places of the kitchen. They are flexible, energy saving by making use of LED lights and can complement any kind of kitchen and wall. Try to wire the track lights independently so that you need to switch on only the needed light.
Vintage lighting is ideal for a wooden kitchen and makes it cozy and warm. It is the best option for the kitchens in country and in colder areas. A shiny vintage light at the centre of the kitchen will also add elegance.
Work space lighting, especially of the hob is the modern trend. It helps accent the kitchen and makes the immediate work space have bright light without shadows. Apart from this, a light over the sink and under the cabins will also help.
All these are mere tips but the real magic is in planning. Plan your kitchen well according to your taste and work requirements. Just because a particular design look good in other kitchen does not mean that it will also work for you. You need a personal kitchen with all personal style and taste.
Originally posted 2015-10-03 07:08:13.