Families spend a lot of time in the kitchen — so it’s only natural that a lot of investment and time go into creating the right balance of space, storage, accessibility, and cleanliness. While there are many factors that can affect how you enjoy your kitchen, few are more important than lighting. Here’s how lighting can influence the look and feel of this space to create a dramatic kitchen.
Three Types of Lighting
There are three types of lighting used in a kitchen to create a distinct dramatic look, while also improving the space’s usability. Ambient or overhead lighting (such as chandeliers or pendant lighting) provides strong light for the whole room so people of all ages can enjoy the space.
Task lighting utilizes smaller, more focused lights to make it easier to see while doing tasks like food prep, washing dishes, or using the stove. Finally, accent lighting provides minimal lighting when other parts of the home are being used, but you don’t want the kitchen left in complete darkness. Accent lighting is also a great way to tell the kids “the kitchen is closed!”
LEDs Are Essential
While a well-lit kitchen is a must, high electric bills are far from ideal. Because of this, we strongly recommend using high-efficiency LED lighting in your kitchen. Not only do LEDs provide a broad range of light colors, shapes, and functionality while also reducing your electric bill, but many can also integrate with a smart home system.
Light Switches and Mobile Apps
While physical light switches probably aren’t going to be phased out anytime soon, there’s no denying the convenience of configuring your kitchen lighting using the latest home tech. Adjusting your kitchen lighting from your device is perfect for tech-savvy homeowners or those with mobility issues.
When you build with Capstone Custom Homes, you can choose from a wide range of lighting options to maximize the light, aesthetics, and energy efficiency of your home. Contact our team today to learn more about getting started with your own custom build!