The Mindset of Kitchen Lighting
The strategy of kitchen lighting is actually unlike the lighting strategy of other types of rooms. Most rooms you’ll want to ensure your ambient (general) lighting is handled before moving to task and accent lighting.
When it comes to kitchen lighting however, you’ll want to start with task lighting, then move to accent lighting, and finally you’ll fill the rest in with ambient lighting. The reason for this is because the kitchen is a uniquely task-oriented room. Each part of the cooking process can benefit from specific light fixtures that are designed to make that particular task easier.
Once you get that down — as well as some accent features that will highlight interesting design features or artwork — getting the rest of the room lit should fall nicely into place.
And if you’d like to add in a further degree of customization, you can always compliment your lighting setup with dimmers to help set the mood and ensure bright lights can be taken down a notch if need be.
Kitchen Lighting From Floor to Ceiling
Now that you’ve learned the right frame of mind to create the best possible kitchen lighting, we’ll go into choosing individual fixtures for each major type of lighting you’ll find in the kitchen. We’ll start from the floor and make our way up to the ceiling.