A statement kitchen can look even more inviting with the correct lights. While you want your lighting to complement the interior design of your kitchen, we have some useful tips to help you choose, place and install your feature, accent and ambient pendant lighting.
Choose the features you want to highlight
Pendant lighting is a classic and popular choice for high-end kitchens and looks stunning over an island. Have fun with different shapes and shades but if you’re mixing it up, stick to a theme or a core tone so that everything hangs together visually. Pendant lighting can draw the eye to an impressive dining room table or a social, seating area. However, avoid placing your accent lighting in places you don’t want to draw attention to such as sinks or preparation areas.
Many kitchens have open shelving where you can display copperware or crockery, plants or works of art. Consider ambient lighting built into shelves that could give your pieces a wonderful glow after dark and complement the light from your pendants.
Task lighting is ideally suited to the areas where you need to see clearly such as when you’re preparing food or need to read recipes or cooking instructions. Good, strategically placed pendant lighting that can be operated independently to your main feature lighting is great here.
How to hang pendant lighting over an island
If you opt for pendants as a feature or task lighting there are plenty of styles to choose from. However there are a couple of practical rules to consider.
If you choose pendant lighting as the focal feature, then complementing it with lights built into the kickboards of your wall units give a gentle glow across the floor, making the cabinetry look like it’s floating. So whether you’re looking to update your décor or to illuminate a specific area, great lighting can transform the look, feel and mood of every part of your kitchen.
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