For many residents, the kitchen is the most frequently used room in the house. This is especially true of households that are made up families and/or have dining areas in their kitchens. Whilst effective lighting is of course vital in any room, it is of particular importance when it comes to the kitchen. After all, residents need to be able to see what they’re doing when they’re chopping up ingredients, following a recipe, and cooking a meal; if they can’t then they may well put themselves – or the people they are cooking for – at risk! With this in mind it is clear to see that residents need to put as much thought into their choice of kitchen light products as they do into their selection of worktops, appliances, tiles and flooring. Below are some suggestions which conscientious residents everywhere would do well to consider in this respect:
When it comes to adding a little bit of extra illumination to a kitchen it is fair to say that few options work as well as under cabinet lighting. The main benefit of under cabinet light products is that they enable residents to enjoy just a little bit of extra light in specific areas of their kitchen; this means that they don’t have to use a bright, energy-munching, overhead light every time they go in the kitchen. Moreover, fluorescent under cabinet light products allow residents to create specific zones in their kitchen; therefore functional areas, such as those where food is prepared and eaten, will always have just the right amount of light needed to be truly safe and pleasant.
Let There be Light
It is no secret that small kitchens – such as galley kitchens – can look quite dark and poky if they don’t get enough light. Whilst it is often the case that kitchens of this kind cannot be modified to receive more natural light, they can thankfully be improved by some strategically placed artificial lights and some well chosen furnishings. For example, units and worktops that have surfaces which reflect light are often good investments in small kitchens as they can help to bounce light evenly around the room. Having plenty of spotlights (rather than one central light) will help to achieve this even more.
Considerations about Consistency
It is an unfortunate fact that many residents cannot help but get a bit carried away when they start looking at all the various different kinds of kitchen lights there are available these days. Indeed, some people get so carried way by the easy installation and cheap prices of these products that they end up putting them all over the place! Needless to say, scattering light products across a kitchen willy-nilly will only result in the room looking clumsy and mismatched.
Consistency is key when it comes to illuminating a kitchen with style so sticking to one look or theme is more often than not the best strategy.