This guest post is by Barnlight Originals.
First of all we want to say thank you to Range Hood Inc. for giving us this opportunity to talk kitchen lighting with you. Today we will be discussing how to choose range hoods and kitchen lighting that go well together.
As you’ve probably noticed, lighting and range hoods are kitchen pieces that are often thought of as purely functional, but they can actually act as helpful design accents to an entire design scheme as well. For this reason, it is especially important for you to keep both of them in mind when you are styling and/or building your kitchen. We’ve come up with four important things to remember when you are deciding on your range hood(s) and lighting.
One of the very first things you will want to figure out is what you have enough space for. Many homeowners are concerned by the thought that they must choose between installing a range hood and mounting pendant lighting. This may be true some of the time, but sometimes you can actually have your cake and eat it too! With the help of professionals, measure the parameters of the kitchen. You’ll want to consider space quite carefully as you don’t want your kitchen ceiling to begin looking like a community of extraterrestrials about to land on Earth.
Of course, going the simplest route is the safest option. But don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines every now and then either. If your heart is set on having the combo of a range hood and pendant lighting, measure the space, visualize it, and see if it’s worth a try. In smaller spaces, it is still possible for you to install both while maintaining a lovely space; you just may need to downsize on the range hood and pendants.
Next you will want to evaluate your needs. If you know your kitchen requires a range hood, learn what lighting will be necessary for you to complete everyday kitchen tasks. Do the windows provide a significant amount of natural light? Does the range hood include lighting as a part of its makeup?
If your space is small and you need more lighting, consider installing recessed lighting. Recessed lighting can illuminate a room without taking up too much space or causing a cluttered distraction. However, if your kitchen is large enough and the layout renders it possible, you might want to also install those pendant lights, like I mentioned earlier. Pendant lighting is a great addition when you need to do some light layering, add decorative lighting, or create specific task lighting.
Center of Attention
The third thing you will want to think about is which utility and/or décor piece you want to have as the center of attention on your kitchen stage. Knowing what you prefer when it comes to this, will help you decide on which range hood and lighting fixtures are right for you. If you like the look of a gallant range hood, then don’t choose lighting that competes for center stage. Let your lighting act as supporting players, helping to spotlight, rather than distract from, the room’s focal point.
On the other hand, if you want your lighting fixtures to be the stars of the show, consider choosing a range hood that is smaller and less bulky. Choose finishes for the hood that blend in well with the rest of your kitchen appliances, so the range hood won’t be calling for too much attention but instead will be consistent with the backdrop you’ve created.
The last point to think about is how well the lighting and hood range styles go with one another. If your lighting is modern, you’ll also want a modern range hood. If you’re range hood is rustic, go with rustic lighting.
One of our favorite timeless looks is the copper kitchen. We’ve collected some of our favorite copper kitchens to our COPPER Pinterest board, and we’re delighted to share a few of them with you below. Range Hood Inc. and Barnlight Originals have many unique beautiful product designs you can incorporate into a copper-themed kitchen. Browse our Voyager Copper and Brass Cord-Hung Ceiling Light and Range Hood Inc.’s Imperial WN 36 36″ Nottingham Copper Range Hood on each of our websites to get started building your dream copper kitchen.