Remodeling? Lights Accent Kitchen Style, Function

Madeline Pillow
Written by Madeline Pillow
Updated March 26, 2015
Ambient lighting is important with an open floor plan, where you want the kitchen and its lighting to fit in with the rest of your home. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design)

Today's kitchens serve as places for friends and family to gather. Layers of lighting can provide warmth and brighten the space.

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During a kitchen remodel, lighting may be an aspect that you consider at the latter end of your design plan. But this in no way diminishes its importance in your kitchen.

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Blending light in your kitchen

A modern kitchen is used for many tasks. To meet those varied needs, the space can’t rely on one light source or one type of light.

The most effective lighting for your kitchen is a blend of four types:

● Task.

● Ambient.

● Accent.

● Decorative.

These layers of light allow for a look that matches your design, is conducive to social interactions and allows for utility.

Some light fixtures can provide one or two of these types of lighting. For example, a pendant light over your kitchen island — depending on the bulb and light shade — can provide both task and decorative lighting.

Task lighting

Task lighting is necessary for getting work done in the kitchen, from reading recipes to meal prep. Important locations for task lighting are above a kitchen island and below wall cabinets, to illuminate counters.

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Ambient lighting

Today the kitchen has become the social hub of the home. More than simply a cooking space, it’s now the room where the family gathers for interaction and entertainment.

Ambient lighting is important for this kind of multipurpose space. That’s especially true with an open floor plan, where you want the kitchen and its lighting to fit in with the rest of your home.

Under-cabinet lights can serve double duty as both task and ambient lighting because they can add a warm glow to the room. Ambient lighting also can take the form of flush-mounted ceiling fixtures or pendant lighting over a kitchen island.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is associated with entertaining and gives the room some dimension. It allows you to highlight décor in your home, such as artwork or a decorative feature in the kitchen.

Another way to incorporate a layer of accent lighting is by installing lighting inside glass cabinets, where you can display fine china or other special pieces.

Other examples of accent lighting are wall sconces and track lighting.

Accent lighting in a kitchen remodel in Oakton, Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design)

Decorative lighting

Decorative lights add drama. What becomes important with this layer of lighting is its placement in the room, and ensuring that the size of the fixture is proportionate to your kitchen.

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A symphony of light

Together, these types of lighting can meet every need in your kitchen. Through task lighting, you ensure that the kitchen fulfills its primary function. Ambient lighting adds warmth, inviting family and friends to come together and enjoy the space. Accent lighting provides depth to the room by highlighting aspects of the kitchen. Decorative lighting adds the final pop to your kitchen design.

No matter the size of your kitchen, there is enough space to create these layers. In smaller spaces, this can involve combining some fixtures to provide all four types of lighting.

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