If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, one of the last things you probably want to think about is the kitchen lighting. With the fridge, range hood, appliances, counters, flooring, etc. to consider, the lighting probably seems like a miniscule aspect of your remodeling process. However, proper lighting in your kitchen can save you a lot of pain and hassle later down the road. If you have a kitchen with windows, you may want to optimize the room’s ability for natural lighting and save on your electricity bill in the future. Conversely, you may want to install colored lighting or dimmers so that you’ll be able to create a certain ambiance within your kitchen whenever the occasion arises. Fortunately, the choices for lighting in kitchens are extensive.
The first thing to consider in trying to decide what type of lighting you want in your renovated kitchen space is to determine the style and setting of your kitchen, and what type of lighting would be most effective for that specific design. Do you want to make a statement with your kitchen lighting, or do you prefer to have your lights working anonymously in the background so that you almost forget their presence? Lighting can serve a variety of purposes, and it’s all about choosing the perfect option for your specific kitchen needs.
If you’re hoping to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, consider lights that hang relatively low, just above eye level, so that they catch attention and are nearly impossible to miss. For contemporary kitchen designs, a popular trend has been to group hanging bulbs together, as depicted in the picture below. This lighting fixture is attractive because it is unique and innovative. For a kitchen built for ambiance, you might want to consider light dimmers as an addition to your hanging bulbs. These will allow you to set the tone for the room and become an interesting addition to your décor when not in use.
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If you like the idea of hanging bulbs as the perfect lighting solution for your kitchen space, consider a fixture with similar characteristics. This dining table light is made to represent bubbles floating down from the ceiling, and certainly makes for an interesting conversation piece when having guests over for dinner. Furthermore, the mirror at the top of the fixture helps reflect the light throughout the room, which can be a bonus in kitchens where lighting is poor. The reflection of the bubbles in the glass almost makes the them seem like they are falling through the ceiling, which is definitely a unique experience.
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If you’re going for a more antique and sophisticated kitchen design, you may want to consider an old-style chandelier. Chandeliers can even be customized to fit into your contemporary kitchen design, and often provide a level of elegance and class. This brown chandelier completes this modern kitchen design, and blends in perfectly with the wood floors and dark wooded cabinets.
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For a more vintage look, check out something like this small rounded chandelier. We normally think of chandeliers as a singular design, but the styles are as wide spread as just about any other lighting design. Depending on your kitchen’s unique voice, a chandelier might be the perfect addition to your kitchen renovation.
If your kitchen already has plenty of natural lighting and you don’t feel the need to break the bank on additional high-tech lighting, you may consider an individual light or two above the areas in the kitchen that will be used the most after the sun sets, such as the table and kitchen sink. This specific design may look best in minimalist kitchens in which the design is kept simple and clean.
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Conversely, some kitchens make big statements with their lighting. If your kitchen has a specific color pattern or is a neutral tone on which any color might seem more vibrant and lively, consider colored lighting, preferably something that can be dimmed or exchanged for natural lighting colors when the need arises.
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Whether used simply as a nightlight for midnight snacking or for setting the tone for a romantic evening in, the addition of some color toned lighting in your kitchen can make it seem much more sophisticated and luxurious.
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Finally, if you would like to be discreet with your lighting, consider installing under-cabinet lighting. This can be another great option for those who already have well-lit kitchens and don’t need a lot of additional lighting in the area. Additionally, if you’re proud of your newly installed cabinets and would like to draw more attention to their beauty, under-cabinet lighting can be a great way of turning the cabinets into a spot-lighted focal point in the kitchen without being obnoxiously obvious.
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Under cabinet lighting is normally thought of as residing under wall-mounted cabinets, however, under cabinet lighting can also be installed under the countertop cabinets as an additional lighting source. If you like the idea of blue tinted lights, consider this example of a kitchen with natural colored lighting above the countertops and blue lighting running against the bottom cabinets. If you decide to wire your lighting so that it can be managed on different switches, you’ll have the chance to use both lights in conjunction with each other, or to use one or the other as occasion permits.
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Hopefully we’ve given you some ideas for how you might arrange the lighting in your new kitchen, but don’t just take our word for it! There are tons of lighting options and you’re sure to find something special and unique for your specific kitchen design and setup, you just need to do a little research. Lighting fixtures can be a focal point of your kitchen, having your guests complimenting the unique design every time they step into your home; but if you’d rather attention be directed somewhere else, such as your stainless steel range hood or your custom import marble countertops, there are plenty of discreet lighting options available, as well.
Do you know of any fun or unique lighting designs that we missed? Have one of these designs yourself? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to get your feedback and see what kinds of awesome lighting designs are working for people in their home improvement projects.