We’ve been designing and installing dream kitchens for our clients since 1989. We’ve found that there are several key components essential to creating this space that too often are not given enough consideration. These elements include: lighting, seating, and organization/storage.
Good lighting can make a new kitchen more enjoyable and can make or break how a new kitchen looks, feels and functions. It is equally as important as cabinets, countertops, appliances, backsplashes, flooring, sinks and faucets.
Effective lighting illuminates a space in layers using different components and strategies to paint the final picture. Layers of light contribute not only to the functionality of the kitchen but also to its design and beauty. Kitchens require ambient, task and accent lighting. Simply placing flush-mounted fixtures in the center of your ceiling can provide functional light, but it may do little to beautify the space, create a mood or evoke favorable emotional responses.
- AMBIENT LIGHTING: The goal of ambient lighting is to provide soft, general illumination without necessarily drawing attention to the light source. Ambient lighting will provide enough light for safe navigation, cooking and washing dishes and helps to define the space.
- TASK LIGHTING: This helps to illuminate the activities that take place in the kitchen and provide light to prep, cook, bake, read recipes, easily find ingredients, watch television or do homework. Recent technological advances enable designers to integrate task lighting into drawers and cabinets by installing LED strip lighting or puck lights. LED lights are often installed under wall mounted cabinets to illuminate countertops.
- ACCENT LIGHTING: Subtle light, used to help keep the kitchen from looking ordinary or bland by highlighting open shelving, artwork, architectural details or other objects. Light fixtures that provide light and shadows can make the space more inviting and comfortable. These may include track lights, recessed adjustable fixtures and spotlights. A focused beam of light directed at a plant or highlighting a work of art, or a spotlight placed behind a plant and pointed upward through the leaves creates shadows on the wall that can make a kitchen more attractive.
Most homeowners want to have an abundance of seating in their new kitchens to entertain friends and family and to use the kitchen for additional purposes such as preparing meals, cleaning up, doing homework, bill paying, reading, relaxing and working from home. That’s why islands have become so popular. They serve multiple functions in addition to serving as a focal point.
A great kitchen must not only look out of this world, but it also must incorporate the best functionality that meets your needs. There is a vast array of storage and organizational tools ranging from drawer and cabinet organizers to pull out drawers and pantries that provide a place for all of your kitchen utensils, small appliances, plates and glassware, cookware and pots and pans.
What elements are necessary to make your dream kitchen a reality? Find out by calling us at 401-463-1550 or visit our Design Center at 139 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI.