By MARIO D'ARTAGNAN
Sometimes you walk into a beautiful home, when all of a sudden, the lighting grabs your attention. In many cases the lighting is either too bright, or too dim. Certain lighting without dimmer switches is repulsive to the eyes, and may be the difference between selling your home and not selling it. Women are particularly attuned to correct lighting, especially in kitchens. Lighting creates the ambience of a room.
Here are some tips on kitchen lighting.
The kitchen is where you and your family spend lots of time, and therefore, should be an inviting space. Lighting does not have to be expensive to be effective. Accent lighting takes into consideration focal points of the room, such as paintings, sculptures, house plants and other areas of interest.
When recessed lighting is used, some of them should be positioned over the center of countertops, and should always have a dimming system that allows you to vary the mood of the room. Dimming systems also extend the life of bulbs. White trim and baffles should be used because white blends more naturally into the ceiling.
Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks such as preparing food, reading, or cooking. Cabinet lighting is an example of task lighting. Many people make the mistake of positioning the lighting at the back of the cabinets, when the fixtures should be positioned as close as possible to the front of the cabinets. This eliminates the possibility of working in your own shadows. Granite countertops act as mirrors and will reflect the image of the under-cabinet light very well. Light fixtures with frosted or textured glass covers with diffuse the light as much as possible. The kitchen sink is another example of task lighting. Many contemporary kitchens have recessed lighting above the kitchen sink.
Pendants are hung above tabletops or breakfast bars and should be positioned 30 inches above the tabletop. These lights are easy to install and give a nice effect. The color of appliances and countertops also effect lighting. Dark wood cabinets and black appliances will make your kitchen seem smaller, and therefore more lighting would be required. White appliances and cabinets reflect light better.
The height of ceilings will also determine how much flexibility you have with respect to lighting options. If your kitchen has 7-foot ceilings, flush- mounted lighting may be your only option. In any event, lighting is as important in a home as the number of bathrooms. You may want to talk to a lighting consultant to discuss the many options available.