Home Planning & Renovations

The Best Kitchen Lighting Ideas For a Perfect Kitchen

By Tiffany Smolick


December 18, 2022

One decision you will have to make when renovating your kitchen is how to incorporate new lighting into the space. To achieve a beautiful kitchen design, you’ll want to ensure there is sufficient lighting to clean, cook, prepare, and gather. To begin, let’s cover the basics of each type of lighting style.

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Types of Lighting Styles 

Ambient Lighting

This type of lighting is meant to provide general illumination throughout space in a uniform manner. When you step into a room and flip a switch, ambient lighting is typically what you see. (HGTV). It is often an overhead light on a switch. 

Task Lighting

Smaller, specific areas and locations are handled by task lighting. Table lamps, sconces, and under-cabinet lighting are all examples of task light fixtures. Track and recessed fixtures handle this job nicely.

Accent Lighting

If you have a piece of furniture, artwork, or other statement items in your home – the job of accent lighting is to highlight and draw attention to this object. (HGTV) The accent light adds drama to a space and creates a focal point. 

Now that we know common types of kitchen lighting, let’s dig into which lighting options are best for kitchen renovations. Small or crowded kitchens in New York City are common, and good lighting is a guaranteed way to open up and brighten any space. 

Surface & Recessed Lighting

In order to get adequate ambient lighting in your kitchen, you will need plenty of windows or upgraded surface or recessed lights. Surface lights are installed directly into the ceiling and recessed lights are located in the walls or ceiling, with the majority of the fixture being concealed. (Forbes)

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Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting is very common with current modern and contemporary kitchen renovation designs. This use of accent and task light fixtures illuminates essential preparation areas in your kitchen. With this upgrade, you will quickly and efficiently get your meals on their way to the family table. If you really want the cabinets to shine, install small in-cabinet lights so dishes and other serving essentials are easily found.

Pendant Lighting

A surefire way to add charm and style to your new kitchen is installation of a larger fixture hanging from the ceiling. This is not meant to bring an abundance of light to the space, but rather bring a little extra brightness to a specific surface like a kitchen island. This aspect is the perfect opportunity to let out some of your creativity.

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NYC Kitchen Remodel Solutions

The team at MyHome Design + Remodeling are experts at helping clients find the perfect mix of lighting options to brighten your renovated space. From the beginning consultation to the final walk-through, we will be involved in every step of the way. Schedule your completely free virtual design consult to get the process started!

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