Summer is with us, which can only mean one thing; it’s time to refurbish the kitchen! Kitchen professionals say that spring and summer is the best time to install a new kitchen or renovate an old one. It’s always nice to add something new to your kitchen in order to welcome the new season. The best part is that you can easily transform your kitchen without doing a whole remodel.
Try these lighting tips to bring some sparkle to your kitchen while improving its functionality.
- Go for gold
Although it’s not a commonly used combination, gold and white strike the perfect balance between modern, bold and fresh. Look for white pendant lights with gold accents to add some unexpected bling to your kitchen. Hang them over your island to create the ultimate modern space.
- Rose gold
You can never go wrong with rose gold. The staying power of this metal/ color means that you don’t have to worry about your light fixtures going out of style. Rose gold light fixtures come in all sizes and shapes, and they’re easy to find in places like Elektra lighting and electrical. The most popular are ceiling lampshades and geometric pendants.
- Throw some shade
If you have shades in your kitchen, you can also update them to match the new style you want to create. For instance, if you want your kitchen to look chic and modern, use neutral shades. This doesn’t have to mean that they have to be dull. White shades with black accents are toned down yet stylish and contemporary.
- Highlight your sink with lighting
Sometimes you need more than one light in your kitchen ceiling to highlight the different areas in the space. While a pendant or chandelier above your kitchen island is a no-brainer, you may want to hang another light fixture above your sink as well, for good measure.
- Hanging orbs
If you’re looking to jump on the minimalist bandwagon, then you should definitely hang a few indistinct orbs from your ceiling for a sleeker look. The great thing about cool orb lights is that they’re not overwhelming and they offer the perfect combination of class and functionality. Opt for glass orb pendants to maximum effect.
- Pare it down
One can easily overdo it with light fixtures, and unless you’re going for a dramatic look, then it’s definitely worth it to keep it clean. Modest ceiling lights will help you achieve the perfect modern aesthetic.
- Statement chandelier
This list wouldn’t be complete without the classic statement chandelier. This striking piece is a great way to completely transform your kitchen aesthetic with the addition of just one item. Part of what makes statement chandeliers so popular is the fact that they come in all types of different designs, colors, shapes and textures.
Depending on your kitchen aesthetic, your chandelier could consist of dazzling crystals, a constellation of antlers or bamboo shoots. Although a statement chandelier can take up a lot of space, it shouldn’t feel flashy unless you pair with a lot of other clashing elements. For best results, pair a statement chandelier with a minimalist aesthetic and an open plan design.
- Task lighting
No kitchen is complete without proper task lighting. As the name implies, task lights are designed to illuminate certain areas of your kitchen so that it’s easier to complete tasks.
While the focus is mostly on functionality, task lights can be stylish too. Task lights work best when placed in high traffic areas where you prepare food, such underneath the cabinets. Strip lights and recessed lights both make excellent task lights.
- Wall Scones
Wall scones are a type of ambient lighting that helps you highlight certain décor elements, such as artwork that you may have displayed on your kitchen walls. Low-voltage fixtures come highly recommended when installing wall scones.
- Track lighting
Since it hangs overhead, track kitchen lighting provides the perfect illumination for the whole kitchen. It’s a great alternative to chandeliers if that’s not your style, and you can customize the positioning of each light to suit your space.
- Open shelf lights
Everything is open plan nowadays, even kitchen shelves. If you have a similar kitchen layout, consider installing LED strip lights to highlight and show off all the dinnerware and glassware that you’ve painstakingly collected over the years.