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Tips For Large Kitchen Lighting

Lighting design for larger kitchens takes thoughtful planning because it includes multiple layers of lighting to create the perfect balance between ambience and practicality. First figure out the kind of light you'll need throughout your kitchen by asking yourself these questions:

  • Where are my task areas?
  • What areas in my kitchen are very dark?
  • What kind of lighting do I want for my dining area?
  • What surfaces do I have in my kitchen and how will they react to the lighting I choose?
  • Are my power sources clearly marked on my kitchen floor plan?

By answering these questions you will have a better understanding of what type of lighting is needed in your kitchen.

THD-1886 Holly Oaks House Plan

The kitchen of the Holly Oaks house plan (THD-1886) employs pendant lighting to brighten the island where the family gathers.

A popular choice for large kitchens is recessed lighting because it provides great coverage. Not all recessed lamps are sunk into the ceiling, some actually drop down slightly so that the lamp can be positioned in the direction you need. A great compliment to recessed is track lighting, which you can place directly over daily workstations.

The latest trend in kitchen lighting design is pendant lighting, which works great over center islands, cozy nooks and dining areas. These lighting fixtures are very stylish and come in a wide range of designs to match any décor. They generally don't give off a lot of light, so place them accordingly.

A great finishing touch to any space are wall sconces Available in a wide range of styles, these will create another light source for your kitchen and bring charm, character, and style to your space.

No matter what your style or kitchen design it is worth taking the time and energy to create a proper lighting design plan, because lighting can really make or break a space, especially the kitchen.