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Considerations for Kitchen Lighting

November 23, 2018

Whether you’re making a few minor tweaks to your kitchen design or undergoing a full-on remodel that changes the entire space, lighting will be one of your most important considerations. Vital for both practical and aesthetic reasons, lighting can make or break a successful kitchen remodel in some cases.


At Falk Construction Inc., we can help with every area of lighting when it comes to your new kitchen. Let’s look at some of the areas you should be considering when choosing your lighting, plus how a Falk contractor can help you make all the right choices.


Kitchen Size


Before you begin your research or go to any physical location to look at your options, take some time to ensure you know the exact proportions of your kitchen. The features included should also be carefully noted and measured, as these will play a huge role in the lighting decisions you make.


If you have a bigger kitchen complete with an island, for instance, you’ll likely want to think about two different forms of lighting – some broader options for the kitchen as a whole, but then some specific kitchen pendants or island lights for the island itself. If you also have a dining area that’s being remodeled along with the kitchen, you’ll have a whole other set of considerations for lighting this space as well.


Field Research


Once you have an idea of your size and lighting requirements, it’s time to begin research. Use both online and in-person resources here, including noting the kinds of lighting you enjoy in friends’ homes or other buildings you’ve been in recently. You often won’t be able to truly decide on a lighting format until you’ve seen it in person, so take the time to view a few different options.


Light Purpose


As you’re doing this research, you want to spend time learning the purpose of your different light options. Kitchen lights come in numerous different shapes, sizes and styles, from smaller wall sconces to bigger chandeliers. If you’re looking for some practical lights, consider LED strips that are perfect for lighting the insides or undersides of cupboards – or even your sink in some cases. If you have a smaller kitchen with limited features, you might consider recessed lighting that eliminates shadows and makes the room feel larger.




While it’s important to be precise and detailed with your kitchen lighting, know that this is also an opportunity to show off your creativity and personality. The kitchen is one of the single spaces in the home where we spend the most time, so don’t hesitate to put some personal touches and flair into your lighting choices. Maybe this means a funky-looking chandelier that fits your style, or maybe it involves a few colored light options to add some extra spice. This is your space, and you should feel free to be creative with it.


For more on kitchen lighting, or to learn about any of our general contractor or home remodeling services, speak to the pros at Falk Construction Inc. today. 

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