Custom kitchen design for Houston homes should be well illuminated by several layers of light. General lighting must provide basic visibility. In food preparation areas, task lights make it safer and easier to work. Accent and specialty lighting support unique interior decorating elements. Lighting controls allow homeowners to adjust individual light fixtures to support any number of moods, activities, or special events.
General kitchen lighting istalled by residential electrical contractors is typically generated by an array of recessed ceiling lights. This particular category of lighting fixture includes hundreds a wide range of fixture sizes, lamp wattages, and trims. ILD professionals carefully study every kitchen to determine its exact lighting requirements.
Square footage, ceiling height, wall décor, and kitchen contents are also taken into consideration in this process. Our team then uses advanced photometric software to build emulated models of proposed kitchen lighting systems. These models will show homeowners which fixtures will best accomplish these purposes.
Included in every custom kitchen lighting design is not just general room lighting, but also task and decorative lighting.
Task lights can take the form of any number of specialty fixtures that emit additional light over food preparation areas, cooking areas, and serving areas. Task light should feature a high color rendering index so that the colors of food, cookware, and china are clearly visible. Glare and shadow should be minimized so persons working in the kitchen can do so without the distraction of eye strain.
Decorative lighting can come in many forms and is always included to some extent in an ILD custom kitchen design plan. Houston homes feature highly stylized, and often very eclectic, kitchen environments that are characterized by very unique motifs of interior architecture. Decorative light fixtures of many different kinds are added to accent these motifs.
Sometimes, too, the light fixtures themselves are highly decorative in nature. Pendant lights that hang over kitchen islands are one example of this. They feature an almost gem-like design that shines a warm glow over serving areas, making a custom kitchen design in a Houston home look like a banquet hall in miniature, replete with impeccable décor, presentation, and background lighting to set the mood, more like a small banquet area than a simple residential space.
Another example of decorative lighting is the kitchen wall sconce. Wall sconces are available in so many designs that everything from formal Houston home interiors to ultra modern custom home designs can be complimented by their aesthetic. Wall sconces help create lighting effects that add a sense of dimension to an otherwise flat wall surface.
Custom kitchen design specialists also pay very careful attention to custom cabinets. Both of these elements require very specialty kitchen cabinet lighting fixtures to properly illuminate. Using proprietary, concealed linear strips, we can shine light into a cabinet, over a cabinet, or onto a countertop beneath a cabinet in a way that makes the light appear to spring from an unknown source in another dimension. Coves are also lit with these special devices so that ceiling perimeters are bathed and magnified by layers of overlapping light.
If you are curious to know if any of these lighting designs could work in your kitchen, do not hesitate to call Illuminations Lighting Design now at 713-863-1133 for a free design evaluation and preliminary design proposal of how one of the most visited rooms in the house can be placed in a whole new light.
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