Lighting for your kitchen or bath is the most difficult to plan. It's completely task-oriented. You should always plan your lighting around 4 key elements: task, accent, decorative and ambient.
Lighting a whole house is a tough chore. You're probably not trained in how to choose the right lights based on lumen output. If you are lost, you are in the overwhelming majority.
Focus on the kitchens and baths. You have real tasks like cutting vegetables, cooking and serving in the kitchen. In the bathroom, you need to cross-illuminate your face to shave or apply makeup.
Kitchens and baths have also evolved from smaller spaces to bigger parts of your home. Now, there is way more to light, from islands to separate tubs and shower spas.
Other rooms need light as well, but not to the extent of these two areas. TV rooms and other spaces can be augmented with desk lamps and portables.
So, we created this video about how to light these two important rooms.
How to Light a Kitchen or Bathroom
First, let's look at how to light a kitchen.
Look at it again.
We'll throw in a bathroom, as well. Look how they illuminated these two rooms.
How they illuminated it:
The 4 Elements of Lighting
- Task: The skeleton of your plan as defined by recessed or track and under cabinet lighting
- Accent: Highlighting objects
- Decorative: Chandeliers and sconces personalizing the space
- Ambient: Up-lighting with sconces, pendants or tape
You can have a decorative sconce to up light the ceiling for two elements at once. Under cabinet lighting can provide task and accent lighting for the counters.
In the end, following these elements will leave you with a personal, yet highly, functional space.
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