Design Discussion: Lighting in the Kitchen

When you think about kitchen lighting, you may initially only think of typical, standard over-head high-hats or hanging pendant lights in the kitchen.  But there are so many more opportunities and options when it comes to incorporating lighting in the kitchen.  Thinking outside the box with kitchen lighting can be a game-changer for the most important space in your home!  Here, we’ll discuss some of the various types of lighting we offer our clients and how they will improve and enhance your kitchen experience.

Interior Cabinet Lighting

Interior cabinet lighting is one of the most popular custom lighting options we offer our clients.  We can design interior cabinetry with motion-sensitive lighting that turns off and back on again when cabinet doors are closed and opened.  Not only do interior cabinet lights add a glamorous touch to your cabinetry, they help you find what you’re looking for in your cabinets, especially things that may be hiding in the back of a shelf!  Lighting can be used in upper cabinets only to illuminate decorations, or can be used in lower cabinetry as a way to improve the efficiency of your kitchen.  For example, we have designed many of our kitchens with under-sink cabinetry lighting, which allows our clients to be able to see underneath a typically very dark space easily.

Toe Kick Lighting

Toe Kick lighting consists of adding light underneath base cabinetry, illuminating the toe kick space.  This type of lighting not only offers a way to elevate your kitchen visually, but can be used as a safety measure.  Toe kick lighting can provide a soft, minimal amount of light when main lights are shut off, and allows for safe movement around the space when it would be otherwise dark, minimizing the risk of slipping or falling.

Undercabinet Lighting

Undercabinet lighting is another wonderful way to incorporate light in your kitchen.  This lighting not only provides a beautiful touch to your kitchen space, enhancing your countertops and backsplash, but also serves as a great way to add additional task lighting for preparing food and cooking.

Interior Drawer Lighting

Imagine pulling out your utensil drawer to find it fully illuminated, making it easier to find what you are looking for, and adding a fabulous touch to your drawers.  We incorporate motion-sensitive lights in our kitchen drawers so that they turn on and off automatically when opened.

Under-Countertop Lighting

One of our favorite types of custom lighting to incorporate in a kitchen is underneath countertops.  Countertops made from stone that is semi-transparent can be lit from underneath so that light can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch.  This lighting option creates an elegant, glamorous effect in any kitchen space and truly enhances the natural beauty of your countertop stone.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is an option our clients can incorporate into their kitchen for decorative purposes.  This encompasses adding lighting to almost anything you can think of – shelves, panels, glass, and more.  Incorporating accent lighting can have a great impact on your kitchen’s appearance and can make certain pieces or areas of the kitchen truly stand out.