The kitchen is a very task-oriented space so cultivating optimal lighting design is critical.

The ideal lighting in the kitchen needs to be able to fuse function with aesthetics — good lighting is essential because it is one of the most task-oriented areas of your home. Chop, blend, bake, and saute better with a blend of ambient, task, and accent lighting layers.

If you are having trouble reading recipes or noticing the homemade spaghetti sauce that is splattered all over your backsplash, it may be time to add lighting design. At Butler Lighting, our lighting showroom in Greensboro has crafted unique lighting pieces to expertly blend and illuminate every space in your home. Learn about optimal lighting design for your kitchen today.

The Trifecta of Lighting Design

Any good lighting design begins with the golden trifecta of lighting — layering task, ambient, and accent lighting to create a space that is not only well-lit but one that is multi-dimensional with a specific aesthetic. The days of one giant overhead fluorescent lighting fixture — you know the long tube light bulbs — are thankfully over and we have embraced lamps and sconces into our kitchen design.

Why create layered lighting in the first place?

The kitchen is one of the most well-loved spaces in your home so you want to create an environment that is inviting and where people want to be. People tend to congregate to the living room because the lighting isn’t harsh and it is comforting. You can create the same ambiance in your kitchen, just through lighting!

The lighting trifecta is also important because as we get older, we need more light to see. Not having enough light can be frustrating and can mean the difference of accidentally using salt in a cake instead of sugar because you couldn’t see the label. This is easily resolved with adding more task lighting or installing a dimmer switch where you can adjust the wattage as needed.

When you don’t have the right kinds of light it can make kitchen tasks difficult. You have to maneuver through glare and reflections — proper lighting reduces glare and creates a productive workspace.

Layered lighting is also important because it gives you additional control over your lighting. Not only can you open your curtains for more natural lighting, but you can also add sconces, task, and dimmers for the ultimate oversight.

Kitchen Lighting Design To Blend

Lighting doesn’t have to be complex but may require some assembly. One of the biggest kitchen lighting mistakes people make is using one center light for all of their lighting needs. This not only creates glare, but it can be harsh and uninviting.

Layer lighting in key areas.

Consider what areas you are in the most. This may be your kitchen island or under your cabinets and working on the countertop space.

Lighting for your kitchen island – Depending on the island design — functional with a cooktop or prepping sink or a hangout spot — you’ll want to carefully consider the lighting. For an island that is task-oriented, blend hanging overhead lights recessed downlighting. If the space is more for hanging out and has seating, Try mini pendant lighting that is functional and lighting you can put an emphasis on your personal style with.  

There is so much more to explore on kitchen lighting but we’re going to let you ruminate on it here — stay tuned for part two!

While you wait, stop into our lighting showroom in Greensboro today!