How to Use Great Lighting to Bring Out the Best in Your Kitchen

Categories: Design

Kitchen Lighting

While kitchen appliances and the way the space is laid out have a great impact on the functionality and aesthetics of a kitchen, there is another aspect of design that needs to be given importance. Lighting serves many purposes both practical and aesthetic in a kitchen design. And since it may not be as flashy as a new refrigerator or cooktop, many homeowners often don’t give much of a second thought to the impact of lighting in their space, either when building a new kitchen from scratch or renovating their existing one. But by utilizing lighting effectively, you can really bring out the best qualities in your kitchen and create an area of your home that your guests will flock towards.

Different Types of Lighting

The first key to understanding how lighting works in a kitchen is to recognize that there are fixtures that serve different purposes in the space. While some of these purposes can blend together into one fixture, you’ll want to think in these terms:

  • Task: illuminates workspaces such as food prep zones. Practical in nature.
  • Accent: adds dimension and depth to the space.
  • Decorative: adds visual interest to the space.
  • Ambient: lighting that fills the room as a whole.

Great Lighting Uses Layering Techniques

The best-planned spaces utilize a mixture of practical task lights with aesthetically nice accent and decorative lights. Too much emphasis on one element over the others can be detrimental to the kitchen as a whole. Too much ambient light doesn’t provide an opportunity for parts of your kitchen that you want to highlight to shine – it doesn’t create any visual interest. Too much accent lighting can make your kitchen feel more like a museum, while too much decorative lighting can distract visual attention away from design elements you want to highlight. A fundamental understanding of layering helps to create a naturally warm, inviting space that you and your guests will want to spend time in!


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