Kitchen design isn’t necessarily an easy task. You have to understand the basic layout of the room vs. the types of cabinetry available and keep in mind the specific storage needs of each individual client. At least that’s what we do here at Hendren Construction, because we want you to fall in love with your kitchen all over again. Today we want to tackle lighting, especially the three primary types that you don’t want to overlook in your new kitchen.
The very first thing to consider is task lighting – not ambient lighting. You know how you use your kitchen, so you know where the task lighting should be installed. You probably want nice, bright lighting over the range, so a range hood with lighting will do great there. You also need proper lighting over the areas where you prepare food. If you prepare most of your food on the island, choose pendant lighting that will bring the light down to you instead of recessed lighting that will cast harsh shadows from your hands. Also consider under-cabinet lighting for tasks you normally perform on the countertop.
Recessed lighting or nice fixtures are generally used as ambient lighting in the kitchen. These are great ideas, but consider adding windows, track lighting, or pendants as well. Track lighting is available in several great shapes and sizes to fit nearly any kitchen, and the lights are usually movable so you can direct the light toward cabinetry or artwork. As for adding windows to the kitchen, consider these incredible ideas:
- Top-lights around the tops of the cabinets. This works perfectly if you have as little as eight inches between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling.
- Side-lights or top-lights around existing windows or doors. This is a wonderful idea if you have existing windows or doors in the kitchen. Consider creating a unique visual by using blocks of glass or some other type of decorative glass.
- Add a window by the sink. Enjoy watching the world outside while you do your dishes – and allow extra natural light into your home.
- Install a glass door or French doors. If you currently have a solid door that serves as an exit for your kitchen to the deck, consider installing solid glass doors to allow more natural light.
Accentuate artwork or other decorative items in the kitchen with glass-front cabinetry and lighting. Install lights inside upper cabinets and use those cabinets to showcase your prized China or other decorative items. Install a spotlight to showcase an amazing piece of artwork.
Lighting Your Kitchen in Albuquerque
Choosing lighting options for your kitchen shouldn’t take up a significant portion of the budget, but don’t go super-cheap or you’ll regret it for several reasons. Lighting is very important in every room, especially in the kitchen, because this is where you prepare food. Call us at 505-991-0063 to discuss your kitchen design with one of our expert designers. We will schedule an appointment to help you design the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle and your home’s current layout.