How Do You Choose a Kitchen Lighting Fixture?

Lighting in your kitchen is what high quality knives are to a chef. There's nothing more frustrating than using dull knives, and just like lighting in the kitchen, you need to cook, prepare food, gather with friends, and just feel comfortable in a well-lit area. You have quite a few options when picking the best kitchen lighting fixture.


Your Kitchen Function - The Layout

The overall function and aesthetics of your kitchen is just as important as the lighting itself being functional. If you built and designed your home yourself, chances are you knew exactly what you wanted in the kitchen because you designed it. However, if you purchased your home from someone else, the kitchen layout was already designed and set. You could change some minor elements of your kitchen to make it more functional for you and your family. However, when you're thinking, “I'm on a search for kitchen lighting near me,” you quickly realize the options are confusing.

Many homeowners don't actually know the layout of their kitchen, other than their personal experience and its appearance. Some homes just have a one-wall layout kitchen which is exactly how it sounds: one whole wall dedicated to your kitchen prep and cooking. It may consist of a single wall of cabinets with lower and upper shelves and is typically found in smaller kitchens. The L-shaped kitchens are another popular kitchen style and are an option for both large and small kitchens. This workspace is shaped like a letter  L with two perpendicular walls with cabinets all around. It's a very practical space for extra storage and even has a small seating area to utilize as you meal prep. Another popular kitchen design is the gallery kitchen, which consists of cabinets in two rows that face each other. This kitchen layout is a cost-efficient option, giving homeowners that extra storage.

Your kitchen layout will help you determine whether you need a pendant light, LED lighting,track lighting, or a chandelier. Do you think a ceiling or wall-mounted fixture will give your kitchen the look that you desire? If you have a kitchen island, do you use it for gathering or food prep? Or both? Who occupies the kitchen more? Is it a heavily-trafficked area? Do you have children and pets? All of these questions are key in finding the right lighting for your kitchen. Lighting can dull gorgeous colors and make an uncomfortable spot light. So before you set out in search of kitchen lighting stores near you, determine what  purpose the lighting fixtures in your kitchen will serve.


Lighting Fixtures - Endless Options

Is your home a major entertainment spot for guests? Or do you find a traffic of hungry kids of all ages making their way to “Mom's Kitchen” after school? You can choose your lighting elements carefully and based on your home's environment. Decorative layers of light keep a cozy and well-lit room. And if you want something eye catching, chandeliers and sconces provide a pleasant layer of lighting that adds dimension and depth.

Don't hesitate to go bold with your lighting. You can always tone it down with an easy dim light feature. You can find lighting that adds a translucent element to the rest of the room. These come in various shapes and sizes that will add a pop of color and be the ultimate talking-piece.

You can even add a light dimension in your cabinets and under your counters, which adds a beautiful glow to your fine china. Cabinet lights are becoming increasingly popular, as they add a cozy ambience to your kitchen.

With some very important details to consider and the help of an efficient contractor, you can create the best looking (and most functional) kitchen space of your dreams. It all comes down to lighting. Galleria Lighting will help you choose the right pendant, chandelier, or even track lighting for your kitchen needs. Stop by today!