Are you planning a remodel of your kitchen? You wouldn’t be the only one. Home renovations have been trending while we’ve all been shuttered in because of the pandemic. When you’re checking off a list of things to do, don’t forget a lighting redesign, in particular, under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen remodel.
Every kitchen benefits from a thoughtful and amazing lighting plan. Great lighting is just something that’s a must. After all, the kitchen is the center of the home, where we gather with family and friends during meal times and special occasions. So naturally, we want to consider every lighting solution to set the right mood.
But lighting isn’t just for adding illumination or brightening your kitchen space. The kitchen is a room where you’ll want to maximize the lighting effects for functionality and safety, especially near areas where you prepare food and cook. You’re dealing with hot pans, boiling water and liquids, and sharp knives.
While kitchen cabinets serve many useful purposes, they can also create dark corners and shadows, which isn’t optimal in an environment where you’re chopping vegetables and cooking. And these days, there’s often more than one cook in the kitchen because everyone wants to sharpen their kitchen skills and be like the Barefoot Contessa.
That’s why your kitchen lighting should be beautiful and appropriate for the tasks at hand. That often means under-cabinet lighting to fulfill both objectives.
Under-cabinet Lighting and Lighting Design
Under-cabinet lighting will help minimize blind spots and shadows in the kitchen. Most kitchens have sufficient overhead lighting but are severely lacking when it comes to the space beneath the cabinets and lighting areas over countertops. Ceiling and pendant lights just aren’t adequate enough to illuminate your kitchen during every purpose and task.
These days, there’s also another type of cabinet lighting that’s becoming popular. In-cabinet lighting is also becoming part of an overall kitchen lighting design. Everyone wants convenience in our modern world, and time is short. Adding light inside cabinets and drawers will help you work more efficiently and find what you want much more quickly.
It’s optimal to light individual areas of your kitchen in addition to adding larger lights that hang at the ceiling. It’ll create more energy while sending bright light to all the places you need it. A lighting designer can also help you choose the correct colors and textures that work well with your personality. Adding dimmable options is the icing on the cake as it helps to tailor your kitchen’s lighting for specific needs, like planning a romantic dinner for two.
Overall, your home’s kitchen lighting should have task-oriented solutions, as well as light that is ambient. A layered lighting design with various types of kitchen lights, including overhead lighting, recessed or downlighting, and under-cabinet lighting, will bring it all together.
If your home is undergoing a kitchen remodel, a custom lighting design with design trends that meet your needs should be part of your plan.
One of the design partners from Illuminations Lighting Design can meet with you and go over the objectives you hope to satisfy during your remodel. They will likely suggest under-cabinet lighting as well as combine the lighting with other sources to ensure adequate lighting during any kitchen activity, whether you’re preparing meals or visiting with loved ones.
Let’s get started on your kitchen lighting design today! We serve clients all over Houston and Southeast Texas. Give us a call at (713) 863-1133 to learn more about our quality interior lighting design and equipment. We’re headquartered here in Houston, but serve many areas in Texas, including San Antonio, El Paso, Beaumont, Midland, Dallas, and beyond.