....when designing a kitchen, one of the two most important, yet most neglected items in the project is often LIGHTING. (I'll get to the other most important item later)
....but for now, just take a look. You be the judge:
the lack of under cabinet lighting makes your work surface too dark to do any cooking....
the under cabinet lighting you can cook with ease!
When you look at a pretty kitchen in a magazine or on-line, one of the most appealing things about the image is often the same thing you overlook: lighting.
In fact, the reason it's so overlooked I think is because, when done effectively, it's so subtle that it's not detected.
A well-designed kitchen should have three types of lighting:
provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely.
helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, and working on hobbies..
adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to specific parts of the kitchen, such as an island or eating area. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a wall, or window.
A combination of all three of these light sources, in harmony, creates a warm atmosphere conducive to cooking, entertaining and living within your new kitchen.
Stay tuned to find out what the second most overlooked item in the kitchen is.....