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Kitchen Lighting

Good lighting is crucial to a beautiful kitchen design – What good are the best fixtures and finishes if you cannot properly see them? For the best lighting, most designers recommend a layered lighting plan with a mix of above-head lights and accent or wall lights. Kitchens with that rely only on ceiling lights will cast shadows on food preparation areas, which can be dangerous when chopping and preparing foods. On the other hand, relying on wall and hanging lights alone will not provide all the light needed to illuminate the entire kitchen area. Therefore, a well-balanced combination of both types of lighting will give your kitchen the best visuals.

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Choosing Your Lighting

When planning your kitchen lighting, there are many considerations to review before establishing your lighting layout, such as where are the highest levels of traffic in the kitchen? Where is most of the food preparation done? Where are the windows located in proximity to the work spaces and kitchen sink? Once you have identified your lighting needs based on the flow and daily use of your kitchen, you can create a strategic lighting plan that will visually open up your kitchen, illuminate dimly-lit corners, and highlight areas of particular visual interest like display cabinets.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights hang down from the ceiling to not only provide more lighting in high-traffic areas but also give a visual impact that completes the design of your kitchen. Pendant lights are typically installed above the kitchen island or dining room table, but they can be used in a wide variety of different spaces in your kitchen depending on your layout and needs. As both an important functional and decorative fixture, a pendant light could be the perfect finishing piece in your kitchen design.

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Under-Cabinet Lighting

For a high-impact look, under cabinet lighting provides a stylish, luxury finish to your kitchen cabinets. Under cabinet lighting adds visual depth to your kitchen as well as illuminating shadowy perimeter countertops and workspaces that can be critical for safety. As the easiest lights to configure and install, under cabinet lighting can give your kitchen a million dollar look with a minimal financial investment.

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Wall-Mounted Lighting

For busy homes with high activity kitchens, wall-mounted lights are a perfect way to brighten up your space without taking away from the square footage of your kitchen. Strategically placed wall-mounted lights can illuminate dark corners and add brightness to small spaces. With many styles and finishes to choose from, you can find the perfect wall-mounted light that effortlessly blends into your home’s style and brightens your kitchen for years to come.

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If you are considering adding or updating your kitchen’s lighting plan, contact Henry Kitchen & Bath. Our experienced designers know the ins-and-outs of creating a functional and beautifully-lit kitchen, and they will work with you to design a plan that best suits your family’s needs and style. Choose Henry Kitchen & Bath for your next kitchen remodeling or renovation project – We can make your vision a reality!

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