If your family is like most, your kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in your home. As you prepare delicious, nutritious meals and snacks for your family throughout the day, you’ll need ample lighting to see what you are doing. However, simply installing a bright overhead light won’t necessarily create the atmosphere you are going for, so you’ll need to carefully consider your lighting design for the greatest effect.
Pay Attention to Purpose
When it comes to installing kitchen lighting, you need to think about how the lights will be used. For example, you’ll likely want bright light over your food prep space. Closer to your dining area, on the other hand, you’ll probably want lighting that is a bit dimmer to set the mood. Depending on the layout of your home, you may also need lighting in your kitchen throughout the day as the ambient light changes. Finally, you have the option of adding lights in your cabinets or pantry to help you see all the way to the back. Each of these lighting scenarios will require different lighting styles and bulb styles, so it is important to plan ahead.
Consider Adding Dimmers
In smaller kitchens, you may not have the option of installing multiple different lighting styles to suit your needs. There is no need to worry, though, as dimmer switches can help you achieve a similar effect. This way, you can have the bright light you need for cooking and doing dishes while also having the option to switch to dimmer light to create a more festive dining atmosphere.
Don’t Forget Aesthetics
While many kitchen lighting styles are of the overhead variety, that doesn’t mean that you are locked into that style. To keep your look fresh and unique, try using lamps instead. A floor lamp is great for the corner of the room, while smaller lamps can brighten up countertops or bar areas. Wall sconces are great options as well, as they won’t take up any precious counter space.
Work with the Natural Light
As we head into summer, the days are getting longer, and that means you’ll have more natural light to work with in your home throughout the day, minimizing your reliance on electric lights. When planning your lighting design, be sure to take the natural light into consideration. Think about where it reaches and where it doesn’t, and be sure to pay attention to how the lighting changes throughout the day. This will help to inform your decision as to which lights make the most sense for your needs.
Shop for New Lamps for Your Kitchen at Wickmans Furniture
Here at Wickmans Furniture, we are known for our eclectic style, so you are sure to find the perfect, unique lamp to add visual interest and brightness to your kitchen. Our friendly staff members are always happy to help, so stop by our store today to start getting some ideas for your kitchen lighting.