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Shine On with Kitchen Lighting Design Ideas

by Shannon Dauphin

When you are drawing up kitchen design plans, don't forget the kitchen lighting! Kitchen lights are a practical necessity that add ambiance to your space, so choose lights that are both functional and lovely.

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Kitchen Lighting Design Ideas

Your kitchen design plan should include both ambient lighting and task lighting. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pendant Lighting. Suspended from the ceiling, pendant lights add classic charm while positioning light right where you need it. Pair several pendant lights in a row for a dramatic look.
  • Chandeliers. A chandelier should be graceful yet practical, a beautiful centerpiece that turns heads yet provides a healthy glow for the entire kitchen. Opt for an understated chandelier for the general kitchen area, and go with a more dramatic chandelier to light up the dining area.
  • Sconces. Lovely yet clear in their mission, sconces can light up areas that might not get enough glow, such as that corner by the pantry.
  • Under-cabinet Lighting. Whether it is expensive, cheap, electric, or battery-powered, under-cabinet lighting is a must for the cook who uses all parts of the kitchen but needs more light in the tighter, hard-to-illuminate areas.
  • Recessed Lighting. Get a gentle glow with recessed lighting. Use a series of lights to illuminate the whole room, or opt for targeted lighting that highlights architectural details or specific work areas, such as the kitchen sink.

When choosing kitchen light fixtures, don't be afraid to mix and match. For instance, a series of pendant lights over the island and a chandelier over the table can visually separate the dining area from the food prep stations. Pairing under-cabinet lighting with classic sconces can provide both the light you need and the look you want. The options are endless!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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