As the heart of the home, kitchens have different lighting needs than other rooms. There's the practical matter of creating enough task lighting for people to prepare meals, but also the need to craft a welcoming, warm environment for guests to enjoy without too much fuss or formality. We asked the experts at Hudson Valley Lighting for their top tips on how to create a well-lit, inviting kitchen, regardless of type of home.
1. Layer Your Look
Don't forget about the importance of layers of light when creating a room design, particularly in kitchens. The concept is key when you can combine ambient, task, and accent lighting to devise a dynamic space. In this kitchen, Lambert Pendants work with sconces and recessed lighting to complete the picture and create a cohesive whole.
2. Be Careful of Heights
For spacing, there should be 30 to 32 inches of space between an island's counter and the fixture’s lowest-hanging point, as in this kitchen featuring Hollis 4-Light Pendants.
3. Watch Your Watts
Multiply the square footage of the countertop area by 2.5 to determine how many watts of incandescent light you will need. Shown is a grouping of Wadsworth Semi Flushmounts.
4. Know Your Measurements
Select the right lighting based on the size of the space—and counter—you're covering. Many islands are accommodated by two or three small pendants, but some require as many as four small lights (or alternatively fewer large lights). In this instance, two large Glendale Chandeliers perfectly cover a long marble island.
5. Off the Wall
In kitchens with enough wall space, accent light can come from sconces. Here, a Garden City 1 Light Wall Sconce sheds some light on the situation (aka this marble worktop).
6. Stay Focused
Decide where you want your guests to look by choosing a focal point and illuminating it. Don't direct the eye toward a sink area, for instance, where visitors might get a view of your dirty dishes. Here, the Heirloom Pendant is used to light a charming prep area to the side of the kitchen.
7. Embrace the Single Life
Don't worry if you only have one electrical box above a space. The right type of single light gives you the look of multiple pendants with only one entry point, as shown with this Astoria Chandelier.