How to choose the correct kitchen lighting

How to choose the correct kitchen lighting

Lighting is an important consideration in the design of any room - and can often be overlooked or under considered. For kitchens especially, the majority of most budgets can be quickly used up on appliances, furniture, cabinets, counter tops, and more. Lighting, however, plays a much more important role in the ambiance and atmosphere of the kitchen than one may initially imagine.

Kitchens are truly the lifeblood of the home, and inadequate lighting can affect one of the most important places where families gather, share meals, and make memories. In addition, when moving into a new home, people often rarely consider changing existing lighting, accepting the current setup without first considering the possibility that they can radically change the way that the room feels.

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Using only one type of light source in the kitchen does not adequately illuminate all of the important surfaces and cabinet space. As a cost-saving measure, people will often install one large overhead light in the kitchen with the intention of lighting the entire room. Too often these lights are fluorescent or unnecessarily bright, creating a sterile or uncomfortable ambiance. A more comfortable and far more pleasing method of lighting a kitchen involves using a combination of lighting ‘layers’ that allow the homeowner to manage light in different areas of the room.

There are a number of different lighting options available, each of which serves a unique and distinctive purpose. Task lights help to illuminate the most-visited areas of the kitchen – pantries, counter tops, and most importantly; the kitchen sink. Accent lighting works to highlight particular areas of the room, adding a sense of depth to cabinets and counter tops. Decorative lighting serves as both a general source of light and as decoration for the room. The eye is naturally drawn to these types of lights, and they are commonly used above sinks and kitchen islands. Finally, ambient lighting is used to provide a soft base layer of light for the entire room. This type of lighting aims to fill the room but not to dominate it.

With all that in mind, the opportunity to properly light your kitchen also requires that a lot of choices be made. Nowadays there are thousands of different light fixtures from which to choose, making the decision process more difficult. Picking the right fixtures for your kitchen depends not only on their intended purpose, but also are pleasing to the eye and your personal aesthetics. 

 

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When choosing fixtures, it’s paramount to consider where they will go in a room and what purpose they will provide. It is more common for homes to have open layouts where the kitchen, dining area, and living area are all located in the same room without separation. Your kitchen lighting, therefore, may have an effect on the ambiance of these surrounding areas as well, meaning that the decision will have to consider how the kitchen lighting will affect these areas.

Kitchen islands provide unique opportunities for lighting in the kitchen, most often in the form of one or more pendant lights. If you have a kitchen island, you have to consider how the fixtures you choose will affect the lighting of surrounding surfaces. These pendant lights will often be the first thing that people see when they enter the kitchen, so it’s crucial that these lights reflect the overall style of your kitchen and home, as well as provide a

 

We firmly believe that paying special attention to every aspect and design feature of your kitchen will provide you with the kitchen your home deserves and will inspire your cuisine. Flexible lighting options in particular play a concrete role in creating a warm, inviting kitchen environment.

Here at Splendid Kitchens we are more than happy to assist you in the process of choosing the right lighting for your future kitchen space. We have years of experience with many different styles of kitchens, both classic and contemporary.

 

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Sources:

 

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/kitchen-remodel/how-to-choose-kitchen-lighting

 http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/how-to-pick-the-right-light-fixture-for-your-kitchen

http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/choosing-the-right-kitchen-island-lighting-for-your-home-pictures

http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/lighting/

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/176374/list/get-the-lighting-right-8-mistakes-to-avoid

 

 Interior Design Trends for 2016

Interior Design Trends for 2016

If you are itching to update your home or office and looking for some design inspiration, we at Splendid Kitchens love design and are pleased to help! Check out some of the latest trends for what’s hot in 2016:

1. More useable interiors

Rooms that are “decorated” and also functional, including family and pet-friendly.One of the ways people are achieving this is by using outdoor fabrics indoors. Using an outdoor fabric allows you to use lighter whites and creams that might not work in a traditional fabric.Most outdoor fabrics are stain resistant, and many are coated so that liquids ball up instead of soaking in. Most also have very high double rubs or durability. They are also UV resistant so that strong sun light won’t cause the fabrics to fade over time.

Click here to visit one of our favorite manufacturers, Kravet.

2. Mixing Metals

As a designer, I notice that this is one of the things that people unnecessarily worry about.We can’t tell you how many discussions we have had on this very topic. Mixing metals is not only OK, it’s in style! Mixing metals goes along with the more eclectic design styles that people are striving for. Mixing metals is a great way to add a personal touch that is unique to you and your space. There are some very cool copper and rose colored metals also popping up in the design world. Source: http://www.zgallerie.com

3. Extra-large format tiles

12”x24” tiles have become quite common. Manufactures are going even bigger. Large format tiles are a great way to minimize grout joints and really show off some exciting textures and patterns. Make sure you discuss the installation with your contractor, as large format tiles can be tricky to install if your floors/walls are not level.

Here is a link to a seriously large tile from Crossville: http://crossvilleinc.com/solutions/laminam/

4. Bold Powder Rooms

Powder rooms are an easy room to go wild in and express your creativity. Powder rooms are one of the spaces in your home that most guests will visit. They are also contained, so why not do something different than the rest of your home? They are usually a smaller space so you can splurge on some higher end materials without as much expense, and they can be changed more often than a large complex space.We love this bee-inspired wall paper.

 

5. Art Deco-inspired shapes and patterns

Art Deco was a popular style in the 1920 through the 1940’s, and has always been one of our favorite eras.  We are so glad to see references to this style returning. Art Deco accents and details can be used to create glamorous and eclectic spaces. This style can be elegant, while also being fun and playful with punches of color.

Here is a beautiful Art Deco historical photo. We are inspired by the clean lines and nostalgic flair!

Wallpaper is an easy way to reference this style:

A new release from Ann Sacks tile, it references the Art Deco style and mixes metals.  We have a powder bath in mind with this…

One of the biggest mistakes we see people making in their home interior is the beige-on-brown-on -tan look, otherwise known as BLAH. People don’t trust themselves with color and pattern.  “What if I get tired of it?” is what we often hear. If you pick colors and/or patterns that are classic and that you LOVE, no matter how ‘out there’ they may seem, you will derive much more pleasure from that space than if you had played it safe!  Your home is an expression of you, and if you express yourself with an interesting or unique interior space people will appreciate it, even if it doesn’t reflect their own tastes.  They may think to themselves, "The painted wood tiles that reference cement - why didn’t we think of that?”  You never know – you may provide some design inspiration to someone else!

Do you ever see products that just speak to you? That is how we feel about Mirth Studio.  It’s just so cool.  For more products we love, check them out here:   http://www.mirthstudio.com/