Six Tips to Light Up Your Kitchen
Want to create an eye-catching kitchen that adds value to your home, too? Let there be light — but not too much, according to kitchen design and lighting experts.
“Since the kitchen is such a draw these days, especially for the gourmet, you want to make sure that you have plenty of task lights to showcase the work spaces. But people tend to over-light, using too much wattage or just one super bright light in the center of the kitchen that leaves you standing in shadows.
So, here are some great tips to light up your kitchen and for achieving that balance:
1. START UNDERNEATH.
The least expensive, easiest layer to add is under-cabinet lighting. Manufacturers like Aquabrass make reasonably priced light fixtures, which are user-friendly.
Xenon lights like Kichler’s Series II are also inexpensive to retrofit and ordinarily plug into existing outlets without new wiring.
2. CHOOSE A CEILING LIGHT FOR NOW AND LATER.
If your ceiling mount fixture is outdated, replace it with a newer model that has a nice finish and gives off a nice light, but isn’t overly embellished. You want to make sure it will work with a contemporary or traditional decor.
3. PICK OUT THE POPULAR STUFF.
For mood-setting (or ambient) lights, you can’t go wrong with two established trends: the pendant light and the track light.
One of the more interesting brands of track lighting is Tech Lighting — a bit costly, but very cool stuff over an island or counter. It features a satin nickel and white powder coat finish, curves in numerous configurations, holds eight lamps and has dozens of models from which to choose.
4. DECORATE, BUT IMPERSONALLY.
A little decorative lighting is a nice touch in a kitchen and that, too, can be achieved with art-glass pendant lamps. Many of the hand-blown fixtures can really add to the overall aesthetic in a kitchen, and that’s important when you’re trying to sell a buyer on a luxury kitchen.
Many high-end lighting manufacturers, individual designers and craftspeople offer larger fixtures that make prominent artistic statements. While these arty, expensive pieces are not a necessity, they’re a nice add-on when you’re positioning your kitchen as a luxury retreat
5. SUIT SOMEONE ELSE.
Whether you’re choosing modest or lavish decorative lights, remember you’re not looking for the style that most appeals to you but for the one that’s most likely to enhance the value of the kitchen.
If you are really concerned about adding value to your home, check the home improvement magazines and online sites for trendy but popular decorating ideas. If your budget allows get help from an interior decorator or designer.
6. STICK TO ONE LOOK.
There are a lot of really nice, really pretty kitchen lights on the market, and potential buyers will probably expect to see some of them in the finest kitchens. That said, make sure any replacement lights your purchase match the current decor or are neutral enough to work with the wishes of the future home owners. Mixing and matching is probably not the best approach for the novice. Stay with your theme.
Any time you’re tempted to imprint your personal style, remind yourself that your goal is added value, not artistic expression.
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