Interior Design For Beginners: Which Lighting is Best for Kitchen

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Popular Types of Kitchen Ceiling Lights

Regardless of the size of your kitchen, it’s important to start with overhead lighting. Ceiling lights, also known as ambient lighting, should be the priority when looking for kitchen lighting. Ceiling lights can help improve the flow of. natural light. The most popular lighting styles include pendant, flush, and semi-flush fixtures. 

1. Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are the best of both worlds for kitchen design. They’re functional and stylish. Most interior designers use pendant lights as statement pieces in their projects.

2. Chandeliers

A classic kitchen light fixture is a chandelier. It’s a great way to add dramatic effect with an elegant twist. The more tiers on the chandelier the more drama.

3. Recessed Lighting

A simple way to light up your kitchen without overwhelming the space. Recessed lights are installed on the ceiling. They are functional over countertops and cabinetry. It doesn’t involve any lighting that is mounted or hanging down from the ceiling.

4. Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are used as decorative accents for the kitchen. They are usually placed on either side of a large window or above a sink. Interior designers use sconces to add charm to a space.

5. Flush-Mounted Light

A flush-mounted light fixture is a go-to for small kitchen spaces including galley-style kitchens. They are highly recommended for kitchens with short ceilings.

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What’s the Most Popular Light Fixture for the Kitchen for 2023?

This year is all about unique shapes including curves and oversized light fixtures. The most popular kitchen light fixture for 2023 is the pendant light. They come in all different shapes, colors, textures, and styles, Do you have a coastal-style kitchen? Then accessorize your kitchen with rattan pendants. Do you want to add a “wow” factor to your kitchen? Invest in luxurious glass dome pendant lights with gold details. Pendant lights are an affordable way to elevate a kitchen space including the kitchen island or bar area. It’s an easy way to bring in your own personal style.

How Far Apart Should Pendant Lights Be From the Counter?

When hanging pendant lights over a kitchen island or kitchen counter, allow for 30 to 36 inches of air space between the counter and the bottom of the pendants. This is the standard. 

How Far Apart Should Pendant Lights Be From Each Other? 

The standard is 26 to 30 inches between each pendant light.

How to Choose the Best Light Fixtures For Your Kitchen? 

There are three things to consider when shopping for new light fixtures for your kitchen: functionality,  decorative, and budget! To determine what you NEED for your kitchen take the time to scan your kitchen space during different times of the day. That way you can notice any dark spots. Make note of where the most activity is in your kitchen. This will help you place what types of light fixtures will help improve the flow of your kitchen while providing an even layer of light throughout the entire space.  Once you have figured out the function then it’s time to figure out what kind of style you want for your kitchen. This is the time to narrow down your desired light style. Do you want a more modern light? Do you want to bring vintage charm into the space? Find a few inspirational pictures to help narrow down your ideal look. Budgeting is the least fun step, but it’s important to make sure you invest in lighting that doesn’t break the bank. You want your lighting to add value to your kitchen. That doesn’t mean the most expensive lights are the best ones!

Where Do Interior Designers Shop for Light Fixtures?

The most popular retailers that interior designers shop for light fixtures are Visual Comfort, Pottery Barn, Lumens, One Kings Lane, Schoolhouse, and Wayfair.

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