Lighting Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most significant and widely used areas of your home. Getting the design right is essential so you are provided with happiness and comfort. Kitchen designers in Bangor, Llandudno and the North Wales area often put all of their focus into areas such as work surfaces, cupboards and appliances, but despite the glorious natural light shining from the coast, one of the least thought about areas during designing is lighting.

Starting your search can be daunting and confusing, so here are some tips on what to look for when lighting your kitchen.

General Lighting

The best place to begin your search would be with ceiling lights, as they are often the most popular lighting fixture in many kitchens. Ceiling lights most commonly used is chandeliers and pendants. Pendants hang a foot or more from the ceiling in varying styles. Chandeliers can give your kitchen a much more elegant feel, but make sure the one you’re buying fits with the look and atmosphere of your kitchen.

Task Lighting

Lighting your kitchen correctly not only improves aesthetics, but can dramatically improve safety when using dangerous appliances. Cutting your finger with a knife on a dimly lit work surface won’t be fun for anybody, so seriously consider task lighting that’s bright and targets specific areas where you frequently use dangerous appliances.

Accent Lighting

These lights provide you with a soft, warm, non-directional light, which has a substantial impact on the mood of your kitchen. Accent lights can be installed inside cupboards and cabinets, or underneath to give the impression that your cupboard is floating.

The final thought when lighting your kitchen is correct light control. Have enough switches in the right places; definitely do not have one switch that turns everything off and on. Also, make sure your ceiling lights, task lights, and accent lights all have separate controls. And if you really want to control the mood of your kitchen, think about installing dimmer switches.

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