Chastity Garr March 17, 2020 Kitchen Lighting
Your kitchen backsplash is a personality piece. Refined or funky, neutral or loud: What’s your style? The tiles you choose to spruce up the wall space between the countertop and cabinets and above the range, should showcase the color scheme and theme of your kitchen, whether contemporary or traditional. Ultimately, that backsplash is a focal point. And it’s an opportunity to be creative.
Adding glow to cabinets. Glass-front cabinets or open shelving with displays of pretty pottery or favorite china are lit inside. “This creates more dimension and more of a glow at that level of your sight line in the kitchen,” Whitehead says. “And, it creates a little more visual interest and depth.”
Oftentimes, people simply accept the lighting that’s there and don’t think about changing it to improve the space, says Randall Whitehead, renowned lighting designer/author and president of Randall Whitehead Lighting Solutions, San Francisco, Calif. “People are entertaining more at home than they used to, and the kitchen is the center of that entertaining,” he says. As for the lighting in that space, he says “people are drawn to lights like moths to flames.”
Ambient. This gentle light fills the room and bounces off the ceiling. You’ll get this effect from pendant-hung indirect fixtures, opaque wall sconces and torchieres. “You want that opulent layer of light—an even pool of light that gives you a base layer,” says Jeff Dross, director of education and industry trends at Kichler Lighting, referring to this as “general lighting” or the opulent layer. Can lighting can accomplish this as well.
Accent. This highlighting adds depth and dimension to the environment. Examples include recessed adjustable fixtures and track lights.
Be budget savvy. When on a budget, avoid trendy tile and revisit classic white ceramic that can cost less than a dollar per square foot. But don’t skimp on the grout. ”How the tiles adhere to the wall is important, so make sure you get a nice grout,” Spang says.
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