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LIT: Kitchen Lighting Layers Maximize Function & Enjoyment

Article Source: Shades of Light

Lighting a kitchen can be an intimidating task. This multifunctional room needs illumination that meets the demands of the kitchen’s many uses while still looking sharp and stylish. And since every home and family is different, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the best kitchen lighting. The size and shape of your kitchen, as well as its primary purposes, will all determine the best lighting layout for your unique situation.

To effectively light your kitchen, you will need to choose multiple lights that each fulfill different purposes.

Consider three layers of lighting when approaching how best to illuminate your kitchen:

Ambient lighting brings diffuse brightness to the whole room.

Task lighting clears away the shadows over the areas where you cook and eat.

Decorative lighting shines a spotlight on any elements of your kitchen you would like to highlight, like wall art or a unique architectural feature.

Choose ambient lighting for your kitchen first, followed by task lighting in areas where less visibility impedes your workflow; use decorative lighting to finish off your look and tie everything together.


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