When embarking on a kitchen renovation, a very important part of a beautiful and functioning kitchen is the lighting. Great lighting of a room is usually “never seen”, it just sets the stage for a great performance. Bad lighting however is very noticeable, leaving dark spots, shadows or glares for the cook and their guests to become frustrated. Good lighting has to be planned into the kitchen remodel from the beginning. The reason, all the wiring for the new lights has to be in place during the “rough” stage of a remodel. This is when the walls and ceiling are open for easy access to run new wires to the areas in the plan before the walls and ceiling are sealed with insulation and drywall.
There are three types of lighting you can add to a kitchen renovation.
- General lighting which provides overall lighting to an area
- Task lighting which provides specific lighting for the tasks and functions of the space
- Accent lighting which is focused light on a specific area or point, adding drama and excitement to an area.
All three types of lighting are important to have in a kitchen remodel because it provides flexibility and workability in a room. Flexibility in your lighting allows you to set the mood or ambiance of the kitchen, brightening it during a cloudy day, or softening it at night. Lighting will also enhance the features of the kitchen; tile backsplash, custom cabinets, unique countertops, and wall art, all important elements of your kitchen renovation. I would have to say lighting is the first ingredient to a successful kitchen renovation since there is no form, color, or texture without it.
At Inner View we have one of the best lighting experts on our team that will walk you through how you determine the best solutions for your space. An expert electrician working with your interior designer is a valuable relationship to have on your project. From these initial conversations before the demolition occurs, great planning will happen, money will be saved, and perfect function and execution of the lighting in your room will be implemented. Since each project is unique there is not one generic, text book solution for each kitchen. Your interior designer, general contractor and their team members are vital to a well performing, beautiful kitchen renovation.