The kitchen is the heart of the home. To keep it looking its best and fully operational, homeowners can implement a handful of improvements that can boost their kitchen’s overall appeal and functionality, from new cabinets to state-of-the-art appliances.
But there is one relatively simple addition that is often overlooked: the right type of lighting. From kitchenettes to grand-scale kitchens, here are some of the optimal lighting options that can benefit the two styles and everything in between.
Common in studio apartments, guest suites and small living spaces, kitchenettes provide just enough room for the essentials to function as a working kitchen. Although space may be limited in kitchenettes, these spaces can benefit from the right lighting. If space is an issue, consider under-cabinet lighting. This type of lighting works well for providing shadow-free light to countertop workspaces.
Remember, the quality of light bulbs will impact the atmosphere in the kitchen space. Halogen lights, for example, provide crisp, white light, which is great for task lighting. Meantime, incandescent light emits a warm, yellowish hue, and fluorescent options are available in a variety of tones.
2. Small Kitchens
While proper lighting for working is crucial, small kitchens require both task and atmospheric lighting. This combination can bring out the best in your countertops and cabinets, without sacrificing your work lighting. Recessed lighting can work to cast task lighting onto sinks and countertops, where the majority of the work in the kitchen takes place.
You can avoid shadows by installing this type of lighting around the perimeter of the room, with one light for every six feet of space as a good rule of thumb. Recessed lighting can illuminate not only dark areas that other lights can’t reach, but can also accent specific points in your kitchen area, like your beautiful kitchen cabinets or countertops.
3. Mid-Size Kitchens
Mid-size kitchens can shine with the right illumination. In fact, many mid-size kitchens are constructed with islands or peninsulas, otherwise known as connected islands. These areas often serve as prep spaces or dining areas, and in both cases, should be well lit. Overall kitchen remodeling costs vary, however, when it comes to lighting in the kitchen, with the average cost for electrical work being $3,200. This total can range between $2,500 to $4,800, depending on the kitchen size and work that is required.
4. Large Kitchens
Grand scale kitchens can benefit from ample lighting. Like smaller kitchens, recessed lighting, under-cabinet lighting and pendant lighting options can all boost the atmospheric and task lighting in a larger kitchen. If you’re searching for a unique way to add light to a large kitchen space, you may want to look down instead of up.
Accent your large kitchen with toe-kick lighting by adding it underneath the kitchen island as well as the lower cabinets. This addition not only defines and emphasizes the space, but also provides a unique night light, too.
Because the kitchen is a cornerstone of the home, you’ll want to look for ways to make it shine. From under-cabinet and recessed lighting to bold, visually-striking pendant styles and toe-kick lighting options, the right lighting can make any kitchen truly shine.