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Four Creative Options for Kitchen Lights

by Shannon Dauphin

Innovative kitchen design doesn't stop with exotic countertops or unique appliances. The crown jewel of your kitchen design is something you probably rarely think about--except when you flip a switch and it doesn't work! Kitchen lights can be the anchor that holds your kitchen design together.

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Innovative Kitchen Lights for Your Home

When it comes to kitchen lights, you need something that can flood the room and make your tasks easier to see. But what about accent lighting? Here are four great options:

  1. Sconces. Placed strategically around architectural details and used to highlight artwork, sconces can be a beautiful way to make your kitchen seem more cozy. They can double as nightlights in homes where children or elderly family members might need a bit of guidance at night.
  2. Tiny strings of accent lights. College kids often use tiny Christmas lights to make their dorm rooms glow. Take a tip from the kids and do the same kind of thing in your kitchen with string lights that are tailored to fit around tops of cabinets and along the bottom of shelves. It's a lot of atmosphere for a small price!
  3. Light panels. Want to have task lighting where you need it but don't want to cross the room to find the switch? Light panels attach to the bottom of your cabinets and flip on with the touch or wave of your hand.
  4. Dimmer switches. Usually used in other rooms of the house, dimmer switches can provide a dramatic atmosphere to your kitchen parties. Use them at maximum power for task lighting, then tone them down when it's time to sit around the dinner table.

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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