How to Light Up Your Kitchen

Proper Kitchen LightingKitchens used to be the back room of the house and not visible to guests. It was the prep room you didn’t want your guests to see and was more about function then style.  In today’s glamorous home designs, the kitchen is opened up with an open room concept.  It is the center of the home and the gathering point for when guests arrive. It may be the entertainment area for serving drinks and h’orderves.

Now that Kitchens are entertainment areas they are getting all dressed up with designer island lights and pendant lighting.

Follow these great tips for Kitchen Lighting with Style.

    • You can use a chandelier, a flush mount or semi-flush fixture as the main light in your kitchen. The bottom of the fixture should be at least 7 feet from the floor.
    • To light areas such as kitchen islands, use a decorative island lighting fixture with 2 or 3 shades, or multiple pendants can be installed over your island for sufficient light and to add a designer element to that area. The bottom of the fixtures should be no lower than 30 inches above the counter top.
    • To light a dinette area, use a decorative pendant (single light – since this is generally a smaller eating area) or a mini-chandelier. The bottom of the fixture should be no lower than 30 inches above the tabletop.

The light fixture in the picture above is part of the Maple Collection from Elk Lighting.

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