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Lighting Design Tips for a Brighter and More Functional Kitchen

The kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in every home, which makes good lighting crucial to ensure it is aesthetically pleasing and functional. Well-designed kitchen plans are vital to help you cook safely, perform tasks easily, and create an attractive atmosphere. Whether you intend to update your lighting or remodel your kitchen, below are kitchen lighting design tips that can help in your journey.

Use natural light

Before thinking of supplementing lighting, ensure you have maximized the natural light sources in your kitchen. Some kitchens have few windows, and in such cases, you will have to rely heavily on supplemental lighting. However, if your kitchen has enough windows, then consider letting in natural light as much as you can. 


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If you’re performing a kitchen renovation, consider changing the solid exterior kitchen door to a glass panel door. Additionally, windows are crucial in determining the amount of light that enters your kitchen. Choose lightweight window coverings to help maximize light.

Light up the work areas

A crucial part of kitchen lighting is task lighting. You will need plenty of light in areas where you are working, such as the sink and countertops. You can easily incorporate task lighting in your kitchen by installing under-cabinet lighting. This lighting casts a bright and even light over the countertops, giving you adequate illumination.


If you own a range hood, choose lighting that has a bright and built-in light to illuminate your kitchen surfaces. Additionally, consider installing kitchen lighting like pendant lights above your island to help you with additional light. These lights offer task lights. Hang pendants light low enough to light your cooking surface but high enough so they don’t get in your way. A good range is 30-60 inches above your kitchen surface.

Layer your lights

In kitchen lighting design, layering is a very important aspect that involves the use of various light sources to create a well-lit kitchen. There are three basic types of lighting: general, accent, and task. 


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General lighting provides your kitchen with overall illumination, accent lighting gives your kitchen visual interest and highlights some features, and lastly, task lighting is used to help you perform kitchen tasks such as preparing food and cooking. Layering these different types of lighting allows you to create a welcoming and warm kitchen environment.


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Create a focal point

Kitchen lighting functionality is very crucial. However, you can also make a focal point in your kitchen. Choose a large fixture with bold designs that gives your kitchen a personality. Additionally, you can use a collection of several pendants to create lighting focal points. THe other lighting will be more subdued to ensure they don’t compete with the main fixture. 

Lighting controller

Lastly, you must have control over your kitchen light. You need to be able to adjust the light’s brightness depending on the task you are performing and the time of the day. A great option to consider is dimmer switches.


Creating a kitchen lighting design should depend on how you use your kitchen. Keep your kitchen clean and bright by using the right fixtures positioned in the best way. Whether you are updating or remodeling your kitchen, the above tips can help you achieve your aim.

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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