Since the kitchen is where most families spend the bulk of their time, it’s important that the space is designed just right, especially when it comes to Contemporary Kitchen Lighting. Any designer will tell you, though, that lighting is essential to every space, especially a functional one like the kitchen. Good kitchen ceiling lighting is essential, as it allows you to perform tasks such as prepping food and cleaning up safely, Plus, it adds character to a space and can quickly take the mood from functional to cozy, perfect for an eat-in kitchen.
Some people use halogen bulbs, as they produce a light glow, but they aren’t too harsh. Others use fluorescent bulbs in all fixtures because they are energy efficient. A popular choice for task lighting is under cabinet lights. These can be installed when you get new cabinets, or they can be screwed into place later. If you like this idea and you are getting new cabinetry, make sure it leaves enough room at the bottom to shed light on your work area. “Choose lighting that compliments the entire home. In this kitchen I designed as part of an Upper West Side duplex penthouse apartment, I used simple contemporary custom fixtures to enhance the aesthetic of clean architectural lines of the furniture and bold art on the walls.” – Jennifer Post, Jennifer Post Design.
Another choice is pendant lights that hang from the ceiling. Many beautiful modern fixtures hang from a single chord to shed light on an area. You can adjust this lighting to the right height over the sink or stove. A third option is to recess lights into the ceiling, directly above work stations. They give broad, even lighting to your work. This is best done with a home or kitchen remodel because the electrician must wire them extensively into the walls. General kitchen lighting should be located directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops. This way, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you won’t have any dark corners. I love these three head recessed fixtures we used in the kitchen above.